LEADING OFF: NL East showdown, wild Cards at 16, Yanks-Jays

Zack Wheeler pitches Tuesday night time for Philadelphia within the opener of a pivotal three-game collection at Atlanta

A have a look at what’s taking place across the majors in the present day:

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NL EAST SHOWDOWN

Zack Wheeler (14-9, 2.79 ERA) pitches for Philadelphia within the opener of a pivotal three-game collection 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 think you get to the end of the year and you look for an opportunity to get to the playoffs, and that’s exactly what we have,” Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s what we’re all looking forward to. It’s exciting. We 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 residence with three video games towards the Mets, with a make-up sport versus Colorado doable on Oct. 4 if it’s wanted to resolve the NL East.

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ONE MORE FOR THE PRIZE

The hovering Cardinals have gained a club-record 16 consecutive video games heading into their collection opener at residence towards NL Central champion Milwaukee. A victory over the Brewers, or losses by Philadelphia and Cincinnati, provides St. Louis the second NL wild card for its third straight playoff berth.

The profitable streak is the longest within the majors since Cleveland took 22 in a row in 2017, and the perfect within the Nationwide League for the reason that New York Giants gained 16 straight in 1951 on their option to an unbelievable pennant.

Adam Wainwright (16-7, 3.05 ERA) has gained 5 consecutive choices for the Cardinals and 9 of his final 10. He pitches towards two-time All-Star Brandon Woodruff (9-10, 2.52).

POWER PLAY

The highest two groups within the American League sq. off when Tampa Bay visits Houston in a possible preview of the AL Championship Sequence.

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 staff for many wins in a season.

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Houston, which has misplaced 4 straight, can wrap up the AL West title with a win and a Seattle loss at residence to Oakland. The Mariners have gained 10 in a row towards the Athletics, tying the staff file for many consecutive wins over a single opponent.

José Urquidy (8-3, 3.56 ERA) has gained his final 4 choices for the Astros (91-65). Michael Wacha (3-5, 5.49) begins for the Rays, who’ve gained 4 in a row general.

HEAD TO HEAD

Streaking slugger Giancarlo Stanton and the Yankees, winners of six straight, start a three-game collection in Toronto with monumental AL playoff implications.

New York holds the primary of two wild-card spots by a sport over Boston, with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Blue Jays one other sport again. Stanton is coming off an enormous collection at Fenway Park, the place the Yankees accomplished a three-game sweep of the rival Crimson Sox on Sunday night time.

Simply activated from the injured record, Jameson Taillon (8-6, 4.41 ERA) is ready to start out for New York towards Hyun Jin Ryu (13-9, 4.34).

Toronto swept a four-game collection at Yankee Stadium early this month and is 10-6 towards New York this yr.

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Boston performs at last-place Baltimore, with Chris Sale (5-0, 2.57) on the mound for the Crimson Sox.

BAD BREAK

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 “continue to meet with doctors over the next couple of days to develop a recovery plan and timetable for his return.”

The harm is a giant blow for the NL West leaders, who start a house collection with the last-place Diamondbacks on Tuesday night time nonetheless in search of to shut out their first division title since 2012. The Dodgers are two video games again to start out the season’s remaining 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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