MLB Tipsheet: Division battles highlight final stretch

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After picking a trio of winners on Thursday, Ben Steele previews three of the biggest games in the MLB tonight, including a couple of divisional rivals facing off...

The Venezuelan lefty is 17-5 this term and shutdown a record setting Twins lineup in his last start; he has also lost just once at Fenway in 2019.

Nola will struggle against Atlanta hot shots

Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies
Tuesday 00:05 BST

The Atlanta Braves head to Philadelphia to face the Phillies after a successful weekend against another NL East opponent, the Washington Nationals. The Braves have been in good form and will certainly win their division and tonight is a good chance for pitcher Mike Foltynewicz to stake a claim for a place on the playoff pitching rotation.

He'll need to play well down the stretch and a game facing the likes of Bryce Harper in the batters box and going head to head against a pitcher as good as Aaron Nola is a good way to make a statement. Atlanta will rely on their young core of Ronald Acuna Jr and Ozzie Albies as well as the experienced Freddie Freeman as they lock in another divisional victory.

In form lefties will keep the game close

New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox
Tuesday 00:10 BST

Another divisional matchup between a team who will make the playoffs, the New York Yankees, and one who will probably just miss out, the Boston Red Sox. Eduardo Rodriguez, of the Red Sox, has been in great form this year and has a chance to lead the league in wins despite Boston's patchy season. The Venezuelan lefty is 17-5 this term and shutdown a record setting Twins lineup in his last start; he has also lost just once at Fenway in 2019. However, New York will still fancy their chances of a win given the form of their own starter, James Paxton.

The Yankees man, another left hander, is 7-0 in his last seven starts and is regularly backed up by New York's stellar offence. Rodriguez has success against good hitters, and Paxton is in the form of his life so I expect a low scoring game in Boston. If you're looking to pick a winner then I'd look to Boston's home advantage.

Tribe too much for Sandoval

Cleveland Indians @ Los Angeles Angels
Tuesday 03:10 BST

Shane Bieber takes the mound for Cleveland as the Indians pursue their 84th win of the season against the Los Angeles Angels. Bieber, in his 2nd season, has been consistent and has even improved on his impressive rookie year, he faces Patrick Sandoval, who is yet to register an MLB win. While Bieber has repeatedly shutdown opposing lineups in recent weeks, allowing a maximum of two earned runs in seven of his last eight starts, Sandoval is yet to make it past the fifth inning in any of his five career starts. With Cleveland boasting four players with 20+ home runs this year I expect them to win comfortably against a man who is yet to pose any real threat to MLB hitters.

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