ESPN will bring audiences another MLB double header Tuesday as the race for the postseason continues.
The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays will open the night in the evening’s first game. Coverage of the American League East contest is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET with Karl Ravech on the call. Analysts Eduardo Perez and Tim Kurkjian will provide additional commentary.
Tuesday night’s game is the second in a four-game series between the Yankees and Blue Jays. New York has secured its spot in the post season despite a crushing 10-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox Sunday night. Boston is not in the postseason picture.
Toronto (27-26) is fighting for its playoff hopes, as five teams in the American League has already claimed spots in the postseason. Cleveland (29-24) and Houston (27-26) are likely to punch their tickets this week.
The host Blue Jays have not announced who will get the start for Tuesday’s game. Gerrit Cole (6-3) is scheduled to get the start on the mound for New York. His last time on the mound was Sept. 16 against Toronto. The Yankees won that game 13-2 with Cole getting the win in the matchup.
Tuesday’s game (and the week’s series) can go to either team according to the teams’ statistics. New York will come into tonight’s series opener looking to bounce back from its embarrassing loss to Boston Sunday night, meaning the team will have motivation to win. Additionally, New York is 9-1 in its last 10 games
The Yankees’ problem is that they have proven far better at home 21-7) than on the road (10-15) his season. Staying on that note, Toronto has also proven better at home (12-7) than on the road (15-19), and this week’s series between the teams has Toronto as the host team.
Once the Yankees and Blue Jays are done, ESPN will take audiences to California for a best-of-the-west cross-conference matchup between the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics and NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. Tuesday’s matchup is the opener in a three-series game between the teams.
Coverage for the game is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. Jon Sciambi will have the call for the game. Rick Sutcliffe and MLB Hall-Of Fame inductee Chipper Jones will provide additional commentary.
The As and Dodgers have punched their tickets to the postseason. Each will come in to Tuesday’s game licking their wounds from losses Sunday night. Oakland fell 14-2 Sunday against their NL West foes, the San Francisco Giants while Los Angeles was handed a 6-3 loss by its NL West foes from Colorado.
Both teams are off tonight and using the time off to regroup and regroup for Tuesday’s game.
Dustin May (1-1) is slated to get the start on the mound for Los Angeles in Tuesday’s series opener. His last time on the mound was Sept. 16 against the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers won that game 7-5. Adam Kolarek (3-0) was credited with the win. May pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits, one earned run, one walk and two home runs while striking out six batters.
Frankie Montas (3-4) is scheduled to start for Oakland. More than a week has passed since Montas threw a pitch on Sept. 13 against the Texas Rangers, so he will hope to not have too much rust as he returns to the mound. Texas won that game, with Montas taking the loss.
Montas struggled over the course of 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, four earned runs, one walk, and two home runs while striking out seven batters.
While The Dodgers and As both are hoping to rebound from their respective losses Sunday, the numbers favor Los Angeles. The Dodgers, who will play host to the As, are 6-4 in their last 10 games and have been successful at home (16-8) and one the road (22-8).
Oakland meanwhile is 5-5 in its last 10 games. The team has been decidedly better at home (20-8) than on the road (13-12).
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