Just a few games are on the schedule for Monday in Major League Baseball as many teams are taking a travel day to prepare for this week’s upcoming series. Here’s a glance at some of the important games coming up tonight:
Blue Jays Battle Orioles in AL East Clash
AL East rivals the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles begin a three-game series at Camden Yards this evening. Toronto recently split a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins, including an extra-inning victory last night. The squad is second in the division standings and is at the top of the AL Wild Card standings with a 60-48 record.
The Orioles have won their last two series against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers and had their five-game winning streak ended with an 8-1 loss yesterday. They trail Toronto by four games and are currently fourth in the division standings. Baltimore is now two games behind in the Wild Card race with a 56-52 season record.
Yusei Kikuchi takes the mound tonight for Toronto and is 4-5 with a 4.86 ERA. He’ll go up against Jordan Lyles for the Orioles, who is 8-8 with a 4.40 ERA this season.
The Blue Jays win to go to 4-3 on the current road trip.
Angels and A’s Rivalry Continues in Oakland
Division rivals the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics meet again for a three-game series starting Monday night. Neither team will likely make the playoffs this season, but this should be a competitive series between the teams at the bottom of the AL West standings. The Angels lost the last series against Oakland before splitting four games with the Seattle Mariners in their most recent matchup.
The A’s lost two straight games against the San Francisco Giants in their last series and have a 3-5 record since sweeping the Houston Astros in three games at home last week. However, Oakland has the worst home record in the Majors and trails the Angels in the season series 6-4.
Jose Suarez makes a start for LA and is 3-4 with a 4.55 ERA on the season. Cole Irvin will toe the rubber for Oakland tonight and is 6-8 with a 3.04 ERA.
Oakland wins to end their home streak.
Slumping Yankees Take On Mariners
A couple of teams likely bound for the postseason start a three-game series as the New York Yankees travel west to face the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park. New York is in the middle of its worst losing streak this season at five games and has given up some ground in the NL East standings to lead the second-place Blue Jays by 9.5 games. They lost two of three to the Mariners in Yankee Stadium last week before being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals this past weekend.
Seattle is second in the AL West standings with a 59-51 record and trails the Houston Astros by 11 games. They are currently tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the two Wild Card spots and one game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles. They are also 5-2 in their last eight games at home but haven’t gained any ground on Houston in the standings since going 5-5 in their previous ten games.
In tonight’s matchup, Jameson Taillon for the Yankees will go against Logan Gilbert for the Mariners. Taillon is 10-2 and has a 3.52 ERA in his 21 starts, while Gilbert is the ace of the Mariners’ staff with a 10-4 record and 3.09 ERA on the season.
Seattle wins a close one at home to hand the Yankees another loss.