A have a look at what’s taking place across the majors at the moment:
Zack Wheeler (14-9, 2.79 ERA) pitches for Philadelphia within the opener of a pivotal three-game sequence at Atlanta. Charlie Morton (13-6, 3.53) is on the mound for the Braves, who lead the NL East by 2 1/2 video games over the Phillies with a couple of days left within the season.
“I feel you get to the tip of the yr and also you search for a possibility to get to the playoffs, and that’s precisely what we’ve got,” Philadelphia supervisor Joe Girardi stated. “That’s what we’re all wanting ahead to. It’s thrilling. We now have a shot.”
Atlanta has led the division since Aug. 15 and is making an attempt to win it for the fourth straight yr.
After leaving Atlanta, the Phillies end the common season with three video games at Miami, whereas the Braves shut at house with three video games in opposition to the Mets, with a make-up recreation versus Colorado potential on Oct. 4 if it’s wanted to resolve the NL East.
The hovering Cardinals have received a club-record 16 consecutive video games heading into their sequence opener at house in opposition to NL Central champion Milwaukee. A victory over the Brewers, or losses by Philadelphia and Cincinnati, offers St. Louis the second NL wild card for its third straight playoff berth.
The successful streak is the longest within the majors since Cleveland took 22 in a row in 2017, and the very best within the Nationwide League because the New York Giants received 16 straight in 1951 on their method to an inconceivable pennant.
Adam Wainwright (16-7, 3.05 ERA) has received 5 consecutive choices for the Cardinals and 9 of his final 10. He pitches in opposition to two-time All-Star Brandon Woodruff (9-10, 2.52).
The highest two groups within the American League sq. off when Tampa Bay visits Houston in a possible preview of the AL Championship Collection.
With a victory, the AL East champion Rays (97-59) clinch home-field benefit all through the AL playoffs. Tampa Bay is a franchise-best 38 video games over .500 and has equaled the 2008 AL championship crew for many wins in a season.
Houston, which has misplaced 4 straight, can wrap up the AL West title with a win and a Seattle loss at house to Oakland. The Mariners have received 10 in a row in opposition to the Athletics, tying the crew report for many consecutive wins over a single opponent.
José Urquidy (8-3, 3.56 ERA) has received his final 4 choices for the Astros (91-65). Michael Wacha (3-5, 5.49) begins for the Rays, who’ve received 4 in a row general.
Streaking slugger Giancarlo Stanton and the Yankees, winners of six straight, start a three-game sequence in Toronto with huge AL playoff implications.
New York holds the primary of two wild-card spots by a recreation over Boston, with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Blue Jays one other recreation again. Stanton is coming off an enormous sequence at Fenway Park, the place the Yankees accomplished a three-game sweep of the rival Purple Sox on Sunday evening.
Simply activated from the injured record, Jameson Taillon (8-6, 4.41 ERA) is ready to start out for New York in opposition to Hyun Jin Ryu (13-9, 4.34).
Toronto swept a four-game sequence at Yankee Stadium early this month and is 10-6 in opposition to New York this yr.
Boston performs at last-place Baltimore, with Chris Sale (5-0, 2.57) on the mound for the Purple Sox.
San Francisco first baseman and residential run chief Brandon Belt has a damaged left thumb and his availability for the ultimate week of the common season and playoffs is unclear.
The Giants stated an X-ray on Monday confirmed the damaged bone and Belt will “proceed to satisfy with medical doctors over the following couple of days to develop a restoration plan and timetable for his return.”
The damage is an enormous blow for the NL West leaders, who start a house sequence with the last-place Diamondbacks on Tuesday evening nonetheless looking for to shut out their first division title since 2012. The Dodgers are two video games again to start out the season’s ultimate week.
Belt exited a 6-2 win at Colorado on Sunday within the seventh inning after getting hit on the left hand with a pitch whereas squaring to bunt.
The 33-year-old Belt is batting .274 with a career-high 29 homers and 59 RBIs in solely 97 video games and 325 at-bats. He has a .975 OPS.
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