MLB has some great matchups scheduled on Thursday as the regular season winds down. The NFL also includes an excellent division matchup tonight for Thursday Night Football. Here’s what’s anticipated in tonight’s action.
Blue Jays And Rays Meet For Final Series
The Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays battle for the final time in the regular season in the first of four games on Thursday. The Blue Jays are second in the AL East, with 6.5 games separating them from the first-place New York Yankees. They recently split a pair of games in Philadelphia and won the previous series between these two teams, taking three of the five games.
Tampa is two games behind the Blue Jays in third place and holds a half-game lead over the Seattle Mariners for the second wild card spot in the American League. However, the Rays have struggled recently and were swept in their last series against the Houston Astros, who shut them out twice in a row and held them to just two runs in the three games.
Jose Berrios (11-5, 4.99 ERA) takes the mound for the Blue Jays tonight, while JT Chargois (2-0, 2.76 ERA) makes his third season start for Tampa.
Toronto gets the road win to tie the season series at 8-8.
Guardians Look For Sweep Against White Sox
The Cleveland Guardians continue their quest for the AL Central title against the second-place Chicago White Sox as they wrap up their three-game series on Thursday. Cleveland won the first two games to extend their lead over the White Sox to six games with just 13 left on the schedule. A win tonight would also be their sixth straight on the road.
Chicago started the week just four games out of first place and has won just four of their last nine games overall after their latest four-game winning streak. Their pitching hasn’t done well in this series either, giving up 18 runs in the first two games. The White Sox won their last series, taking two games from the Detroit Tigers on the road.
In tonight’s matchup, Shane Bieber for Cleveland (11-8, 2.83 ERA) will take the mound against Chicago’s Johnny Cueto (7-8, 3.09 ERA).
The Guardians win to complete the sweep.
Steelers Face Browns In AFC North Clash
The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Cleveland tonight to face the Browns in a critical division matchup. The Steelers’ offense looked weak in Sunday’s 17-14 loss to the New England Patriots and has underperformed for the second straight game.
However, the defense looks strong, as they are second in the league in takeaways with six while giving up 18.5 points per game. It will be interesting to see how they perform tonight against the league’s top rushing offense.
Cleveland is also coming off a disappointing loss at home, as the defense blew a big lead for the second straight week and allowed the New York Jets to score two touchdowns in the final 1:30 of the game and steal the victory 31-30. However, QB Jacoby Brissett has been solid in replacing Deshaun Watson and has completed 65.6% of his passes for 376 yards and two touchdowns. RB Nick Chubb has also played well, with 228 rushing yards in the first two games.
Cleveland gets a close win at home over their division rivals.