Division races are heating up in MLB as teams hit the home stretch with about five weeks left in the regular season. Here’s what’s upcoming in some of the key matchups on Monday night.
Red Sox Visit Twins For Important AL Series
Time is running out for the Boston Red Sox in hopes of making the playoffs as they face the Minnesota Twins Monday night at Target Field. Boston isn’t yet out of the hunt for a berth in the postseason and is seven games behind the Seattle Mariners for the final wildcard position. However, they gained a little momentum by winning their last series against the Tampa Bay Rays at home.
Minnesota is second in the AL Central, two games behind the Cleveland Guardians, and are hanging on to a three-game advantage over the Chicago White Sox. They recovered from a six-game losing streak to sweep their last series against the San Francisco Giants. They have lost five straight games on the road but have had recent success at Target Field, where they’ve won nine of their last 13.
Brayan Bello is still looking for his first win this season for Boston and is 0-3 with a 7.36 ERA coming into tonight’s start. The Twins will start Dylan Bundy, who is 7-6 with a 4.56 ERA on the season.
Minnesota wins as their hot hitting continues.
Pirates and Brewers Clash in NL Central
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers will start their final season series starting tonight at American Family Field. Pittsburgh has dominated the Brewers in recent matchups and will go for their sixth straight win over their rivals. The Pirates haven’t done well against anyone else since the last time they faced Milwaukee, losing 17 of their previous 22 games.
The Brewers were recently overtaken by the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central standings and now trail them by six games. They took two of three games from the Cubs over the weekend after losing two of three to the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road. However, they still are in an excellent position to make the playoffs and sit 1.5 games behind the San Diego Padres for the final wildcard spot in the National League.
Pittsburgh has not yet decided on a starter for tonight’s game, while the Brewers will send Corbin Burnes to the mound. He’s 9-6 with a 2.84 ERA. He’ll be facing a Pirates lineup that’s been outscored 35-13 in the last six games.
The Brewers win to break their streak against Pittsburgh.
Yankees Look For Road Win Against Angels
The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels meet for the first of three games in Anaheim tonight. New York swept the first series at Yankee Stadium back in June but has been struggling in the second half of the season. Their lead in the AL East is now just 7.5 games over the Tampa Bay Rays, and they are 8-16 in their last 24 games overall.
Anaheim has little hope of making a postseason appearance this year as they’re 26.5 games behind the Houston Astros in the NL West Division. They were 1-9 in their previous ten games before sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays in three games while holding them to just three runs in their last series. The only bright spot for this team is reigning MVP Shohei Ohtani, who pitched seven scoreless innings and hit his 28th home run in their victory over Toronto last night.
Frankie Montas of the Yankees is 4-10 with a 3.84 ERA for the Yankees and will face Jose Suarez of the Angels, who is 4-6 with a 4.19 ERA, in tonight’s matchup.
New York wins to end their road losing streak.