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As the baseball season enters the final week there are just five MLB games slated for tonight. Ben Steele previews three of the best...

The 38-year-old has shown no sign of slowing down, allowing just two runs across the 27 innings he has pitched in the final month of the season.

Nats looking for Harper revenge

Philadelphia Phillies @ Washington Nationals
Tuesday 00:05 BST

The Washington Nationals face the Philadelphia Phillies in a five game series that gives Washington the chance to end the season hopes of the Phillies, and their ex-player Bryce Harper. The 2019 off-season saw Harper leave the Nationals in the hope of playoff success but it has been the Nationals, lead by the likes of Anthony Rendon and sophomore star Juan Soto who have can still quality to play in October.The Phillies, who were eliminated from contention last night, will start pitcher Zach Eflin tonight. The 25-year-old have his hands full keeping the Nats hitters quiet and with his opposite number, Patrick Corbin unbeaten against Philadelphia this term I expect the Washington fans to enjoy Harper's season ending in defeat.

Snell needs to keep Rays in the hunt

Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays
Tuesday 00:10 BST

The 2018 Cy Young award winner, Blake Snell will step on to the mound tonight knowing that he has to rediscover his form to keep the Tampa Bay Rays in the playoff punt. The Rays are currently tied with the Cleveland Indians for the final wildcard spot, and as the regular season enters its final week Snell needs to beat the Boston Red Sox to keep his side in with a chance. Tampa have been excellent this term but with the New York Yankees in the same division the Rays have known its been wildcard or bust for a while and will expect to win tonight. Facing Jhouyls Chacin, who has been poor in recent weeks, Tampa will fancy their chances of winning well.

Cards look to clinch

St Louis Cardinals @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Tuesday 02:40 BST

The St Louis Cardinals swept the Chicago Cubs last week to clinch a playoff spot, now they turn their attention to winning the division. Tonight, in Arizona, they face the Diamondbacks with veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright looking to continue his impressive September. The 38-year-old has shown no sign of slowing down, allowing just two runs across the 27 innings he has pitched in the final month of the season. Unsurprisingly, he is 4-0 and will be confident of beating a Diamondbacks side who have nothing to play for, having been eliminated from playoff contention last week.

The Cards have won five straight games, and six of their last seven, as they've finished the season in impressive form. I would look for Wainwright to earn win number 14, in a close game.

Ben Steele,

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