Several key matchups are on tap in MLB with less than three weeks left in the regular season. Week 2 of the NFL also kicks off with a classic Thursday Night Football matchup between division rivals. Here’s what to expect in tonight’s action.
Rays Hope To End Streak Against Blue Jays
The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays play the finale of their five-game series tonight at Rogers Centre, with Toronto leading 3-1 and looking for its third straight win against their AL East rivals. The Rays are now 1.5 games behind the Blue Jays for second place and trail the New York Yankees by 7.5 games for the division lead.
Toronto has a chance to extend their lead in the standings against Tampa but hasn’t made up any ground against the division-leading Yankees, who have won their last four games. The season series between these two teams is tied 7-7, with another four-game series scheduled between them next week in Tampa. Toronto is also 13-4 in its last 17 games overall.
Shane McClanahan makes the start for Tampa and is 11-5 with a 2.20 ERA. He’ll face Kevin Gausman for the Blue Jays, who is 12-9 with a 3.31 ERA this season.
Toronto wins at home to extend their streak.
Pirates Visit Mets for Four-Game Set
The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets begin a four-game series tonight at Citi Field. Pittsburgh is last in the NL Central Division and has already been eliminated from playoff contention. However, they have now won four straight games on the road after sweeping the Cincinnati Reds in their last series at Great American Ballpark.
New York is struggling to hold onto their half-game lead in the NL East standings. The Atlanta Braves are just a half-game behind them and have threatened to take over first place for the last few weeks. The Mets have lost four of their previous six games since the Pirates beat them in their last series against them on the road.
JT Brubaker takes the hill tonight for Pittsburgh and is 3-11 with a 4.36 ERA. He’ll go up against Carlos Carrasco for the Mets, who is 14-6 with a 3.80 season ERA.
The Mets win to end their five-game home losing streak.
Chargers Battle Chiefs in AFC West Clash
Week 2 of the NFL kicks off tonight with the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs ready to clash at Arrowhead Stadium. Both teams are 1-0 and tied at the top of the division standings.
However, the Chargers looked impressive in their 24-19 win against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, as Justin Herbert led the offense with 279 yards passing and three touchdowns. This is a big game for Los Angeles, who could take over first place in a division dominated in recent years by the Chiefs.
Kansas City comes into its home opener after dominating the Arizona Cardinals on their home field 44-21 last Sunday. Patrick Mahomes was back to his old self, going 30-39 and throwing for 360 yards and five touchdowns against the Cardinals. Travis Kelce also had a big day for Kansas City with eight receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown.
The Chiefs win big at home and take sole possession of first place.