Astros, Rangers meet in pivotal American League West series

With lower than a month remaining within the Main League Baseball season, there received’t be a extra attention-grabbing race than what we’re seeing within the American League West.

As of Tuesday morning, the Seattle Mariners (77-60), Houston Astros (78-61) and Texas Rangers (76-61) are all inside one recreation of one another within the divisional standings.

The Rangers had been the front-runners within the division since April, however they’ve misplaced 13 of their final 17, together with Monday evening’s showdown at residence with the Astros. The 2 groups had been tied getting into the seventh inning, however the Rangers’ bullpen melted down because the Astros posted six runs within the seventh and pulled away for a 13-6 win.

It was the primary of a pivotal three-game sequence between the 2 groups, and the Rangers are hoping to bounce again Tuesday evening with Nathan Eovaldi on the mound. It might be an enormous increase for the Rangers. Eovaldi hasn’t pitched since July 18, however was activated from the Injured Record for the stretch run of the season.

An All-Star choice, Eovaldi has an 11-3 file with a 2.69 earned-run common on the yr. However he’ll be countered by one of many Astros’ stars — lefty Framber Valdez. Valdez has had one other robust season, however he was shelled by the Rangers final time he confronted them. He lasted solely 3.2 innings whereas permitting eight hits and 6 earned runs.

For this matchup, the Rangers are -105 at BetMGM. The Astros, who had been swept at residence by the New York Yankees earlier than Monday evening’s win, have -115 odds.

Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve (27) and Yordan Alvarez (44) have fun after Altuve hit a solo residence run throughout a baseball recreation in opposition to the Texas Rangers, Monday, Sept. 4, 2023, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Picture/Tony Gutierrez)

The Mariners, in the meantime, are on the highway to face the Cincinnati Reds. On Monday, the Mariners fell 6-3 to the Reds as Bryan Woo was knocked round for 5 earned runs. Will probably be Bryce Miller on the hill for the Mariners on Tuesday and the Reds will counter with prime prospect Connor Phillips for his MLB debut. The Mariners are -160 favorites with the Reds listed as +135 underdogs at residence at BetMGM.

Regardless of the three groups being so shut within the standings, the defending World Sequence champion Astros are the betting favorites to emerge as division champions. The Astros are -120 at BetMGM, forward of the Mariners at +240 and the Rangers at +290.

And whereas the division is the precedence, there’s an opportunity all three of those groups can attain the postseason. The Tampa Bay Rays are +6.5 up within the AL wild-card race, however the Astros and Rangers at the moment occupy the second and third wild-card slots with the Toronto Blue Jays in sizzling pursuit. At 76-62, the Blue Jays are 1.5 behind the Astros and only a half-game again of the Rangers. The Blue Jays are in Oakland to face the A’s on Tuesday and are large -190 favorites.

What else is occurring in MLB?

It’s a busy day in baseball with 15 video games on the schedule.

That features the second recreation of a sequence between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs, each of whom are combating for playoff berths. The Cubs (-135) received Recreation 1 Monday and are actually three video games up for the second NL wild-card spot and solely 2.5 video games again of the Milwaukee Brewers within the NL Central. The Giants, +110 for Tuesday evening’s recreation, are a recreation again within the wild-card race.

Elsewhere, the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles are -175 highway favorites over the Los Angeles Angels. The Tampa Bay Rays, 3.5 video games behind Baltimore, are -160 favorites at residence over the Boston Purple Sox.

Different notable matchups embody the Philadelphia Phillies (-105) on the highway versus the San Diego Padres (-115) and the Los Angeles Dodgers as -150 highway favorites over the Miami Marlins (+125).

NFL season solely 2 days away

After Week 1 of the school soccer season ended Monday evening with Duke’s shocking upset of No. 9 Clemson, we’ve received a number of days of respiration room earlier than the 2023 NFL season kicks off Thursday evening with the defending Tremendous Bowl champion Kansas Metropolis Chiefs internet hosting the Detroit Lions.

The Chiefs are at the moment 6.5-point favorites at BetMGM with the entire listed at 54.5. The Lions are the betting favorites to win the NFC North (+135), however can they go into Kansas Metropolis and compete with the Chiefs?

What’s the perfect guess?

Fading the Chicago White Sox has been a sound technique, so let’s do it once more.

I just like the Kansas Metropolis Royals as -120 residence favorites over the White Sox on Tuesday evening. The White Sox have misplaced six of their final seven, together with a 12-1 defeat in Kansas Metropolis on Monday. On Tuesday, the White Sox have Dylan Stop on the mound. He’s been horrible these days, permitting a mixed 17 earned runs over his final three begins.

KC’s Brady Singer hasn’t been significantly better on the entire, however he’s carried out properly at residence. In his final two residence outings, he’s allowed a complete of two earned runs in 15.1 innings pitched.

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