A repeat of the London Series and a game featuring one of the unluckiest pitchers in baseball are the highlight of tonight's MLB match-ups. Ben Steele previews the action...
"New York have been in incredible offensive form over the last few days, scoring 45 runs in their last five games as they continue to display the fire power that has made them joint favourites (with the Houston Astros) to win the American League."
Mets struggle to back up deGrom
San Diego Padres @ New York Mets
Thursday 17:10 BST
Over the last two years Jacob deGrom has picked up a surprisingly low number of wins, just 15, despite being arguably the best pitcher in baseball. This is all down to the New York Mets' inability to provide run support, something that the San Diego Padres will look to capitalise on tonight. The Padres have a couple of hitters capable of generating runs and while the Mets have home run champ, Pete Alonso, available he is likely to be the only man to pose a threat to the Padres pitching staff. The Padres are good value for the win, but expect a low scoring game.
Yankees looking to lock up division
New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox
Friday 00:10 BST
The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry kicks off again with the Yankees aware that a sweep of the series in Boston will put them in total control of the AL East division. New York have been in incredible offensive form over the last few days, scoring 45 runs in their last five games as they continue to display the fire power that has made them joint favourites (with the Houston Astros) to win the American League. Masahiro Tanaka and Rick Porcello take the mound tonight, in a repeat of the first game of the London Series that saw both men fail to complete the first inning. Despite that terrible game, Tanaka is on a seven-game unbeaten streak and will hope to extend that to eight to kick off a key series for the Yankees.
A's should secure divisional win
Texas Rangers @ Oakland Athletics
Friday 03:10 BST
Brett Anderson leads the Oakland Athletics in to their game with Texas Rangers tonight, knowing that his opponents have struggled in the batting box in recent games. Texas have scored 30 runs in their last nine games and, having been blown out in a couple of those matches, will not be confident of a win in Oakland tonight. The A's are a powerful hitting group who will expect to have some joy against Ariel Jurado tonight after he struggled against Houston in his last appearance. Look for the A's to win comfortably in this AL West matchup.