A full slate of games in the MLB as America celebrates Labor Day. After a productive week last time out, Ben Steele returns to preview the action.
In the shape of Cole (15-5), Verlander (17-5) and Zack Greinke (14-4) the Astros have an outrageously good rotation who could all end the season as the MLB leader in wins
Nats hunt for Labor Day win
New York Mets @ Washington Nationals
Monday 18:05 BST
The Washington Nationals host the New York Mets as they look to consolidate their position as the premier Wild Card team in the National League. The Nationals have the third best record in the NL but are five and half games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
Third baseman, Anthony Rendon has been a key part of Washington's success this year, the 29-year-old is enjoying a career year and leads the Nats in multiple statistical categories. Rendon will be taking on Noah Syndergaard, a key member of the Mets rotation who struggled in his last outing and has complained about his control even during a strong run of form. If Syndergaard continues to have these issues, Rendon and the rest of the Nats will fancy their chances of earning their 78th win this season.
Phillies set to struggle in Cincinnati
Philadelphia Phillies @ Cincinnati Reds
Monday 19:10 BST
With the Nationals in control of one Wild Card spot their divisional rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies, know they need to keep up the pace if they are to have any chance of playing in October. Unfortunately for them, tonight they face the Cincinnati Reds and pitcher Anthony DeSclafani who is in great form. The 29-year-old has allowed one run of fewer in his last three starts and is working towards a career high win total. The Reds do not have a prolific offence, the batting linup sits 22nd in runs scored, so they will need DeSclafani to continue his impressive run. Look for a low scoring game which the Reds win, particularly with Phillies pitcher Drew Smyly beginning to struggle down the stretch.
Cole the next man up for sparkling Astros rotation
Houston Astros @ Milwaukee Brewers
Monday 21:10 BST
Justin Verlander made history last night, becoming the sixth pitcher to throw three career no-hitters, as the Astros picked up yet another win. Tonight Gerrit Cole takes to the mound for the Houston Astros to face the Milwaukee Brewers as the Houston pitching staff continue their internal battle to pick up the most wins. In the shape of Cole (15-5), Verlander (17-5) and Zack Greinke (14-4) the Astros have an outrageously good rotation who could all end the season as the MLB leader in wins. Tonight, Cole faces the Milwaukee Brewers and will look to build on a 14-strikeout performance against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Brewers are a batting lineup who strikeout more often than most, and that will suit Cole, who likes to try and dominate opposing hitters. With that in mind, look for Milwaukee to struggle and find it difficult to cope with the Astros pitcher. Houston should win and win well.