Thursday features several key games in Major League Baseball starting this afternoon. Here’s a look at some of the exciting matchups scheduled.
Nationals’ Strasburg Make Season Debut vs. Marlins
The Washington Nationals try to avoid a sweep in their current series against the Miami Marlins as Stephen Strasburg returns to the mound after more than a year. His team sits at the bottom of the NL East with a 21-37 record. After being swept by the division-leading Mets last week, they took three of four games against the Cincinnati Reds before losing the first two games of this series against Miami.
The Marlins are just ahead of Washington in the division standings and haven’t won a series since the last time these two teams played in mid-May. Trevor Rogers will make the start for Miami as they try to complete the sweep. He’s 2-5 with a 5.80 ERA on the season.
Washington will get the win with their ace returning to the mound.
Pirates Look To End Braves’ Streak
The Pittsburgh Pirates travel to face the Atlanta Braves in the first of a four-game series. The Pirates have slowly been gaining ground in the NL Central and are in third place, seven games behind the Milwaukee Brewers. They dropped two recent games against the Detroit Tigers at home but won their previous two series, including a sweep of the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
The Braves have returned to their winning ways and are one the hottest teams in baseball. They have won seven straight games, equaling the current streak by the Boston Red Sox. Atlanta is now three games over .500 at 30-27 on the season and seven games behind the New York Mets for the lead in the NL East. Max Fried puts his 5-2 record on the line this afternoon for Atlanta against JT Brubaker for Pittsburgh, who is 0-5 in 11 season starts.
Atlanta continues its streak with a win over the Pirates this evening.
Red Sox Look To Stay Hot In Anaheim
The Boston Red Sox are riding a six-game road winning streak as they play the final game of their series against the Los Angeles Angels, who have lost a league-high 14 games straight, which is also the worst in franchise history.
The Red Sox are back above .500 at 30-27, looking for their eighth straight win overall, and are now 10.5 games behind the division-leading Yankees in the AL East. They hope to complete the four-game sweep of the Angels in this series tonight as they send Nick Pivetta to the mound to start the game.
The Angels win at home to break the streak.