MLB action is back, and Monday is set to kick off the week with top games and much expectation built around top teams. The Houston Astros will attempt to crush an already weakened Detroit Tigers lineup.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will also look to dominate the Arizona Diamondbacks to remain as the top seed in the league. Finally, the Atlanta Braves are just a step away from leading the division standings and they will attempt to do so with a solid win against the San Francisco Giants.
Astros Looking to Dominate Tigers
The Astros remains the second top seed in the league. Houston is now sanding with a 90-50 season record and still leading the AL West Division. With a 3-2 mark in their last five games, the Astros are attempting to even out their victories and stay close to the Dodgers.
As for the Tigers, there is not much to do but to push for any positive numbers that help them climb out of the bottom of the AL Central Division. They now have a 54-86 season record, which puts them three wins away from the Kansas City Royals.
With time against all teams in the league, the Astros are simply looking to not lose a grip over the Dodgers and remain as close as they can to the top team in the league. Houston should therefore have no major issues in surpassing the Tigers tonight.
Dodgers Looking to Remain at the Very Top Against Diamondbacks
The Dodgers are still at the top of their game and the league. LA is still number one in the standings with a 96-43 season record and with a wide gap between them and the nearest rival.
As for the Diamondbacks, the struggle is still evident. The team is still in the third overall place in the NL West. However, the Diamondbacks are now closer than ever to the Giants, who are now just a win ahead of them.
Even if the Diamondbacks brought their A-game tonight, surpassing the top seed in the league would come as no easy challenge. The Dodgers should be able to pull in a solid win tonight and keep the status as one of the top teams in the league.
Braves Looking to Rising against Giants
The Braves are now second in the NL East with an 87-53 record. That officially puts Atlanta just a defeat behind the top division seed, the New York Mets. For the Braves, there couldn’t possibly be a better time to jump ahead and take a grip on that lead spot.
For the Giants, hope seems to continue vanishing. They are now third overall in the NL West division and looking for higher numbers. However, the Giants are still behind the San Diego Padres by a margin of 10 wins and behind the Dodgers by a total of 19 victories.
The Giants have truly stood as a strong team in the NL West division. Yet, the Braves are now in the perfect spot to make the most of a potential win tonight when they face San Francisco at Oracle Park.