Following a bumper sporting weekend, Ben Steele previews three of tonight's games in the MLB, including a return to the mound for a perennial All-Star...
"The Dodgers have won a league best 62 games and with a pitcher as talented as Kershaw on the mound, they will expect to improve to 63-33 tonight."
Rested Kershaw ready to win
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Philadelphia Phillies
Tuesday 00:05 BST
The Los Angeles Dodgers travel to Philadelphia with a well-rested Clayton Kershaw ready to take on the Phillies. Kershaw, who pitched in the All-Star game for the eighth time in his career, has not started a game for 10 days, a luxury he certainly isn't used to. The Dodgers have won a league best 62 games and with a pitcher as talented as Kershaw on the mound, they will expect to improve to 63-33 tonight.
The Phillies have been inconsistent in recent weeks and facing the likes of Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger all in good form for the Dodgers look for LA to win comfortably.
Boston set to kickstart season
Toronto Blue Jays @ Boston Red Sox
Tuesday 00:10 BST
At the midway point, the Boston Red Sox are a little bit stuck in the middle. They sit 10 games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East and will be looking to sweep the Toronto Blue Jays to begin a strong second half. With a number of key men in good form manager Alex Cora will hope for a dominant win tonight to set the tone.
Rick Porcello starts for Boston and despite a couple of poor starts in recent weeks he should have enough to overpower Blue Jays pitcher Trent Thornton. Mookie Betts and Rafael Denvers have both had success against Thornton in the past and with an array of offensive weapons available the Red Sox will be heavy favourites.
Sox will ride Giolito past the Royals
Chicago White Sox @ Kansas City Royals
Tuesday 01:15 BST
Lucas Giolito has been one of the few bright spots for the Chicago White Sox in a mixed season. The 25-year-old righty has and 11-3 record this season, with three of those wins coming against tonight's opponent, the Kansas City Royals. Giolito has yet to be troubled by the Kansas lineup and there is little to suggest he will be again. No Royals hitter has had success against him in their career, Lucas Duda and Alex Gordon are the most successful and neither can claim to be dominant hitters.
With Kansas set to struggle and the White Sox batting lineup in poor form themselves I expect a low scoring game with Chicago emerging victorious.