Monday's MLB schedule features a number of games, along with some key series matchups that start this afternoon. However, it won't be easy to top yesterday's games.
Pirates' Run-less Win
Yesterday's win by the Pittsburgh Pirates made them the sixth winning team in MLB history without allowing a hit. The rookie pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, Hunter Greene, was outstanding until the eighth inning when he gave up two walks and one out. Art Warren replaced him, and walked the first batter that he faced.
Ke'Bryan Hayes was then able to ground into a fielder's decision to score the winning run in Pittsburgh. This feat was achieved in 2008, when the Dodgers won despite being no-hit again by Jose Arredondo and Jered Weaver.
The two New York teams are at the top in the MLB Power Rankings for this week. The Yankees have topped the Houston Astros by being ranked number one after winning 20 of their 24 previous games. At number four, the Mets are currently the highest-ranked team in the National League. They lost their first series this season, but have now won nine of the ten first series played.
Yankees Travel to Face the Slumping Orioles
Tonight, the New York Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles in the first of their four-game series at Camden Yards. New York won three of the four games against the White Sox in their last series and led the Majors with a record of 25-9. In their final series against each other at April's end, they swept the Orioles by winning three of the four games.
Baltimore is happy to be home after getting swept by Detroit on Saturday and scoring only three runs in the series. Since winning three consecutive games last week, they have lost four of their five games. They are currently in fourth place in AL East, less than half a game ahead of the Boston Red Sox who are at bottom of the division.
Luis Severino will give the Yankees a solid start and they will win tonight in Baltimore.
Angels Want to Take Over Texas's Division Lead
The Texas Rangers will host the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night in the first game of their three-game series. Los Angeles is second with 24 wins, just behind the Yankees. They won their last series against the A's 3-1 in Oakland. Texas won the last game of their series against Red Sox 7-1. They had lost the first two.
The Angels currently share the AL West lead with the Houston Astros, and are seven games ahead of the Seattle Mariners. With a 3.17 ERA, their pitching was excellent and they only allowed six runs against Oakland. Los Angeles is tied with the Yankees and Brewers in home runs with 49, and leads all teams with 176 RBIs.
Noah Syndergaard, Angels' starter, is 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in five starts. Jon Gray, Rangers' pitcher takes the mound. He's 0-1 in his four starts with a 5.51 ERA and a respectable 1.22 WHIP.
As Syndergaard maintains his dominance on the mound, the Angels will prevail.