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Monday has six games on the schedule in Major League Baseball. Here’s a look at a few of the series starting this week.

Diamondbacks Begin Four-Game Series With Reds

The Arizona Diamondbacks travel to Cincinnati to take on the Reds for the start of a four-game set. Arizona dropped their last series, losing two straight to the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road. They’re fourth in the NL West, 9.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Reds lost three of four to the Washington Nationals at home most recently and are at the bottom of the NL Central with an 18-35 record.

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The Diamondbacks have been disappointing so far this season and find themselves in the bottom third of the league in most offensive categories. They’re 29th in the Majors in batting average at just .216 and have a .298 on-base percentage, which is 24th overall. The Reds aren’t much better at the plate and are batting .231 with a .368 slugging percentage, which is suitable for 23rd position.

Madison Bumgarner brings his 2-1 record to the mound for Arizona to face Hunter Greene, who is 2-7 and holds a 6.19 ERA for Cincinnati.

The Diamondbacks will get a much-needed win on the road to open the series. 

Mariners Visit Division-Leading Astros 

The Seattle Mariners take on the Houston Astros in the last series of their nine-game road trip. Seattle has won their previous three series, the first of which was against the Astros, where they took two of three games at home. In the series, Seattle pitching dominated the visiting team, only giving up three runs to Houston. 

The Astros now lead the AL West by 8.5 games over the Anaheim Angels, who are on the longest current losing streak in the Majors at 11 straight. Seattle is fourth in the division, 11 games behind Houston. The Mariners have won four of their last five games, while Houston has won six of seven after their most recent series against the Kansas City Royals, where they took two games.

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Robbie Ray has had a disappointing start since coming over to the Mariners in the offseason and will get the start today. He’s 4-6 with a 4.93 ERA and has already given up 11 home runs. Cristian Javier will be on the mound today for Houston and is 3-2 with a 2.41 ERA in six starts. 

The Astros get the win for their sixth in the last eight games at home.

Red Sox Face Struggling Angels

The Boston Red Sox continue their current road trip against the Anaheim Angels in the first of a four-game series tonight. Boston just completed a three-game sweep versus the Oakland A’s yesterday and seeks their fifth straight win. Anaheim is currently on the longest losing streak in baseball and will try to avoid their fifth straight loss at home and 12th defeat overall. 

Boston is fourth in the AL East, 12 games behind the New York Yankees. The Angels have fallen 8.5 games behind the Astros after leading the division before they started struggling to win games. They have lost consecutive series to the Blue Jays, Yankees and Phillies during their current skid. 

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Michael Wacha gets the start tonight for Boston and is 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA. He’ll go up against Noah Syndergaard of the Angels, who is 4-3 with a 4.02 ERA. 

The Red Sox win their fourth straight against the Angels in a close matchup. 

Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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