MLB has a full schedule of games on Friday, including a few important division rivalries. Here’s a preview of some of the best matchups in tonight’s action.
Red Sox Travel to Face Orioles
The Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles begin a three-game weekend series at Camden Yards tonight, as every team in the AL East moves closer to the first-place New York Yankees. Boston is last in the division standings but is only 14 games out of first place. They hope to improve their 30-30 road record and possibly move past Baltimore in the standings.
The Orioles just came off a seven-game road trip, where they finished 3-4 and are trying to avoid losing their third straight game. They’re 2.5 games ahead of the Red Sox in the division standings and 1.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays, who are tied for second place. However, they have recently played well at home, winning seven of their last ten games.
Boston’s Kutter Crawford is 3-4 with a 4.18 ERA and will go up against Jordan Lyles for the Orioles, who is 9-9 with a 4.48 ERA on the season.
The Orioles win at home to break a two-game skid.
Blue Jays Seek Third Straight Over Yankees
The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees play the second of their four-game series tonight at Yankee Stadium. Toronto topped the Yankees last night 9-2. George Springer had five hits, and Vladimir Guerrero had a three-run homer to lead the Blue Jays to victory. A win tonight would move them to within eight games of the division leaders.
The Yankees are still in the middle of their biggest season slump after dominating the league for the first half of the season. They have dropped their last five series since taking three of four games from the Kansas City Royals and have won just three of their previous 12 games. The Yankees offense has been looking for a spark after being shut out in four games during the same stretch.
Kevin Gausman of the Blue Jays is 8-9 with a 3.16 ERA and takes on Jameson Taillon for New York, who is 11-3 with a 3.95 ERA.
Toronto wins to move closer to the top of the division.
Astros Take On Braves In Atlanta
The Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves prepare for their only regular-season meeting in a three-game series at Truist Park starting tonight. Houston holds a solid 11.5-game lead over the Seattle Mariners in the AL West and is looking for its third straight win. Their bats were on fire while getting 25 hits in last night’s 21-5 rout of the Chicago White Sox. Alex Bregman led the Astros with two doubles, two home runs, and six RBIs in the victory.
The Braves are still trying to catch the New York Mets in the NL East and have cut their lead to 3.5 games after taking three of four games against them at home in their last series. Max Fried got the victory over the Mets’ Jacob DeGrom 3-2 in last night’s contest to earn his 11th win of the season. Atlanta has won nine of their last ten games since losing four of five to the Mets in New York.
Lance McCullers gets his second season start for Houston tonight after pitching six scoreless innings and giving up two hits against the Oakland A’s last week. He’ll be opposing Kyle Wright of the Braves, who is 14-5 this season with a 3.14 ERA.
Atlanta wins in a close pitching matchup.