With just a few weeks of games left in the regular season, records are starting to fall and the playoff race is intensifying. Ben Steele previews three of tonight's best games.
The Minnesota Twins set an MLB record on Sunday, when Mitch Garver hit the 268th home run to come off a Twins bat in the 2019 season.
Hudson the key for low scoring game
San Francisco Giants @ St Louis Cardinals
Thursday 18:15 BST
The St Louis Cardinals finish off their four game series with the San Francisco Giants as they continue their strong finish to the season. The Cards have won 14 of their last 20 games, and face a Giants side who, despite a midseason burst, have now been eliminated from the playoff race.
St Louis will send Dakota Hudson (14-6) to the mound, who has allowed just four runs in his last 20 innings of work, so don't expect a high scoring game but the red hot Cards will still expect to win comfortably.
Phillies set to struggle in Cincinnati
Minnesota Twins @ Boston Red Sox
Friday 00:10 BST
The Minnesota Twins set an MLB record on Sunday, when Mitch Garver hit the 268th home run to come off a Twins bat in the 2019 season. Since then, four more have been added as Minnesota look set to blow away a New York Yankees record that stood for all of one season.
Tonight the Twins face the Boston Red Sox, and pitcher Nathan Eovaldi who has given up 10 home runs in just seven starts this season. The Twins, who have eight different players with 20+ homers, will expect to further consolidated their 6.5 game lead in the AL Central with a high scoring win over a Boston team who have struggled to replicate their 2018 form.
Cole the next man up for sparkling Astros rotation
Milwaukee Brewers @ Chicago Cubs
Friday 00:10 BST
Another crucial series between the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs kicks off tonight as the race for the NL Central intensifies. The Cubs currently hold the final wildcard spot and, after losing a three game series to Milwaukee last week, will be keen to start on the right track tonight. Jose Quintana has been the best performing Cubs pitcher this season, and he takes the mound tonight. Quintana and Jon Lester have both won 12 games but the Colombian hasn't had the same control issues as Lester. The Cubs, a powerhouse at home, will look to Nick Castellanos to continue his electric form.
The right-fielder joined Chicago in July after having hit 11 home runs in 100 games for the Detroit Tigers; in just 31 games with the Cubs he has hit 12. The 27-year-old has been a key part of the Cub run in, helping to provide the consistent run support that Joe Maddon's side had been missing. Look for a close game, with Chicago edging out the win.