Ben Steele returns to preview tonight's action including a pair of games between AL West rivals at opposite ends of the table...
"Texas have beaten the Mariners seven times already in 2019, including 15-1 and 14-1 wins on consecutive nights back in April. Look for the Texan dominance to continue tonight."
Cole's streak will continue in AL West battle
Oakland Athletics @ Houston Astros
Tuesday 01:10 BST
After an average start to the season, Houston Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole is back to his blistering best. Cole faces the Oakland Athletics tonight looking to improve on the 6-0 record and 2.11 ERA he has posted over his last 10 starts. The powerful 28-year-old faces Homer Bailey, who recently joined Oakland from Kansas City and hope to build on a bright A's debut last week. Bailey has never posted a loss against Houston but with his opposite number in such good form and Astros hitters capable of troubling any pitcher tonight should see Houston extend their divisional lead with a tough win.
Streaking Giants gaining some traction
Chicago Cubs @ San Francisco Giants
Tuesday 02:45 BST
The San Francisco Giants have charged in to playoff contention with an exceptional run of form. Bruce Bochy's side have won eight of their last and 15 of their last 18 as they have emerged as a serious playoff contender thanks to a strong bullpen and some clutch hitting. Tonight's opponents, the Chicago Cubs, come in to the game in good form but are starting rookie pitcher Alec Mills; a man who has a habit of conceding runs early in games.
If Mills continues with this habit the Giants pitching staff will jump at the chance to defend an early lead, something they have done with relative ease in the last few weeks. Look for San Francisco to take the lead early, and hold on for yet another win.
Mariners remain stuck in the mud of an awful season
Texas Rangers @ Seattle Mariners
Tuesday 03:10 BST
The season started so brightly for the Seattle Mariners, helped by an easy schedule, they jumped out to an early lead in the division and looked set for a year challenging for the playoffs. Then the games got tougher and they slumped, losing at regular intervals, they now sit 18 games behind the playoff chasing teams in the standings and that number could be even worse after tonight's game. The Texas Rangers are by no means a powerhouse this season but will like their chances against a divisional rival. Texas have beaten the Mariners seven times already in 2019, including 15-1 and 14-1 wins on consecutive nights back in April. Look for the Texan dominance to continue tonight.