The American League Division Series rematch between the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians highlights an intriguing full slate of games today streaming live on MLB.TV.
Both the Red Sox and Indians beefed up their bullpens before Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline as the two clubs look to reach the postseason again in 2017. It's certainly possible we see both Addison Reed and Joe Smith in action for the first time with their respective new clubs in this one.
The main draw, however, is a matchup between starting pitchers Chris Sale and Carlos Carrasco, two of the premier strikeouts hurlers in the game. Sale ranks first among Major League starters with 12.8 strikeouts per nine innings while Carrasco ranks 14th with 9.85 K/9.
There's no doubt both guys will be generating a ton of whiffs when they take the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.
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Here's what else to watch for throughout the day (all times ET):
The 200-K man: [email protected], 7:10 p.m.
The last time Nationals ace Max Scherzer took the mound in Miami he twirled a no-hitter into the ninth inning … and lost. It's safe to say he hasn't forgotten it, and he'll attempt to follow it up with another dominant start at Marlins Park where he's 4-2 with a 2.11 ERA in six career outings.
Scherzer, who eclipsed the 200-strikeout mark in his most recent start, became the 11th pitcher in history to achieve the feat in six consecutive seasons.
Marlins rookie Chris O'Grady takes on Scherzer on the heels of the best start of his young career, a seven-inning shutout of the Reds. He will have his hands full versus one of the best pitchers, and batting orders, in all of baseball.
Martinez beat the Rockies in his last start despite allowing five runs in six innings. It was the third time in July he allowed five runs in an outing.
Nelson was marvelous in a no-decision versus the Nationals in his previous start, allowing just two runs in seven innings with 10 strikeouts.
Lethal lefties: [email protected], 8:05 p.m.
Stellar southpaws Patrick Corbin and Jonathan Lester toe the rubber in an exciting duel between two NL clubs vying for the postseason.
Corbin has earned victories in each of his last two giving up three earned runs across 13 1/3 innings. Lester dominated over his last three starts, going 3-0 with five earned runs allowed and 20 strikeouts in 22 innings.
Putting out Fiers, [email protected], 8:10 p.m.
The Rays and Astros face off in Houston as Chris Archer and Mike Fiers take the hill at Minute Maid Park.
Archer, who struck out 46 batters in 31 2/3 innings in July, looks to stymie a tough Astros lineup. Fiers tries to rebound from a loss to the Phillies in which he surrendered three runs in four innings. The Houston right-hander went 2-1 with 26 strikeouts in 20 innings with just six runs allowed in his previous three starts.