Wednesday is always a good day for baseball fans, but today is even more interesting. There are several MLB games on the schedule that could make or break teams as the league nears its midpoint.
Cardinals Face the Nationals
Wednesday night’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals is expected to result in a sweep for the former. The Cardinals have dominated the series so far, having outscored the Nationals by a 17-9 margin in two games.
Four hits each were recorded by Paul Goldschmidt, Brendan Donovan and Willson Contreras, on Tuesday. Paul DeJong also contributed a home run of his own, but Dylan Carlson has been the standout player with two home runs on Tuesday night alone.
The Cardinals have had great success, with a .329 batting average in their series against Washington. The opposite has been true for the Nationals, who have struggled to make an impact with a team batting average of .284. Despite this, players like Victor Robles and C.J. have made impressive contacts and rejected the Cardinals’ strong performance.
To avoid elimination, it will be essential that they find a strategy to prevent St. Louis from taking the lead. Despite having 18 strikeouts, the key to winning three tight games lies in preventing St. Louis from dominating.
Mets, Astros look for Hits
The three-game series between the New York Mets and Houston Astros comes to an end today. Max Scherzer showed an outstanding performance for the Mets in Game 1, with only four hits allowed during his eight innings on the field. Although he gave up a home run, which went to Yanier Diaz in the seventh inning, Scherzer remained unbeaten for the rest of the game. The Mets also had 14 hits, and home runs by Francisco Lindor and Daniel Vogelback added to their victory.
The Mets struggled to fight Framber Valdez in their game last night. Despite hitting him four times, they were forced to cut nine times. Although they managed to score two runs, the Mets’ efforts were marred by Alex Bregman’s two-run homer off Verlander in the third inning. Verlander’s return to Houston was unsuccessful, as he suffered a loss due to the passing of his former teammate.
Pete Alonso hasn’t had a smooth transition back to the Mets roster. In his three games since his return, Alonso only managed one hit from 11 at-bats, while also striking out three times and walking twice. This lowers his average for the month to .133, but he has two home runs to his credit from early in the season.
Diamondbacks And Brewers To Find A Winner
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers are playing the final game of their three-game series today. In the first game, the Bells took an early lead by scoring six runs against Corbin Burnes in the first inning. However, they lost the second game of the series.
In the early moments of the game, the Diamondbacks quickly brought in the first run after loading the bases with their first three batters. A timely base on balls by Christian Walker secured the lead for the team. Lourdes Gurries Jr. followed with a solid single, and Emmanuel Rivera struck out to pick third. Finally, Alek Thomas hit a three-run homer to bring his score to six.
In a repeat of the first game, the second game began with Corbin Carroll scoring a point in the first minute, followed by Ketel Marte scoring a three-pointer in the second to give his team a substantial lead. However, the lead wasn’t enough as Luis Urias started a string of successful runs for the Brewers, cutting the deficit to 4-1 in the second inning.
Now it’s time to see who will emerge as the series champion. The Diamondbacks have a solid chance of pulling in front.