The race to Major League Baseball’s 2018 post season is heating up, and this weekend, two American League foes will face off in a three-game series with serious playoff implications for both teams that culminates Sunday on TBS.
The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays face off in a three-game series that launches Friday night. The series is critical for both teams as Boston (currently 89-39 on the season) looks to extend its lead both in the American League and major League Baseball’s overall standings.
The Rays (66-61) meanwhile will be fighting for their playoff lives as they are just above the American League’s cut line right now for the post season. this is despite being third overall in the American League East.
No starting pitcher has been named yet for the Rays for Sunday’s series closer on TBS at the time of this posting. That name will likely be announced very soon. Nathan Eovaldi (5-5) is expected to get the start for Boston.
Eovaldi’s last time on the mound was August 21 against Cleveland. The Indians won that game 6-3, with Eovaldi taking the loss for Boston. Eovaldi struggled in the game, allowing four runs on 10 hits, four earned runs, one walk and one home run while striking out only two batters.
Sunday’s series closer (and the weekend’s series in whole) looks to be a big one not just for its playoff implications for both teams but because of the teams’ records. Tampa Bay, who will play host to the Red Sox for the series, is currently in the midst of a four-game in streak and is 6-4 in its last 10 games. The team also has proven to be far better at home this season than on the road, having gone 37-24 at home so far this season versus its far more dismal 29-37 road record.
Boston meanwhile is also 6-4 in its last 10 games, and just got back in the “W” column Wednesday after dropping two to Cleveland August 20 and 21. Last weekend though, the Red Sox took two of three from the Rays in another of the teams’ showdowns, adding even more interest and importance to this weekend’s series.
Coverage of Sunday’s game on TBS currently scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET. Ernie Johnson will have the call. He will be joined in the booth by analyst Ron Darling for additional commentary.
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