A new week brings a fresh slate of series around the Majors on Monday.
The Dodgers and Mets will rekindle feelings from last year's fiery National League Division Series in Los Angeles. Felix Hernandez looks to write his name atop the record books in Seattle. Baseball's hottest team, the Cubs, hope to extend their season-high seven-game win streak.
That's just a sampling of a busy schedule Monday, all of which will be available on MLB.TV.
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Here is a look at what to watch for today in the Majors (all times ET):
Hernandez seeks Seattle win record: [email protected], 10:10 p.m.
Hernandez (2-2, 2.21 ERA) stands on the precipice of history as he enters Monday's game tied with Jamie Moyer for the Mariners' franchise lead in wins at 145. So what better place for King Felix to reign supreme than in front of his rabid fans at Safeco Field, where he own 78 career wins? Hernandez, hoping to improve on his worst start of 2016 last time out in which he allowed eight runs in just four innings, faces the Tampa Bay Rays -- the same team he memorably shut down in a perfect game at Safeco on Aug. 15, 2012. Matt Moore (1-3, 4.95) will pitch on an extra day's rest for Rays, who are riding their first four-game win streak of the season.
Stat that matters: Entering Sunday's action, Robinson Cano's isolated power percentage (slugging percentage minus batting average) this year was .315, a full 77 points higher than his highest single-season best of .238 in 2012 with the New York Yankees.
Dodgers seek revenge: [email protected], 10:10 p.m.
Last October, the Mets entered the NLDS with Dodgers aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke looming. But with red-hot Daniel Murphy leading the way, the underdog Mets prevailed in five games in the first step of their run to the World Series. Greinke and Murphy are both gone, but this series still carries plenty of intrigue. Steven Matz (4-1, 2.83 ERA), who allowed three Dodgers runs over five innings in Game 4 of last year's playoff series, is a red-hot 4-0 with an 0.67 ERA in his last four starts. In that stretch, the Long Island native has struck out 29 batters and walked just four. Matz will be opposed by Scott Kazmir (2-2, 5.68) to kick off this four-game tilt in L.A. -- the first of two series this month between these two division leaders.
Stat that matters: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is hitless in his last 30 at-bats at Dodger Stadium dating back to April 15, while his .412 average on the road ranked fourth in the NL entering Sunday's games.
Cubs go for eight straight: [email protected], 8:05 p.m.
With their four-game sweep of the NL's second-best team, the Nationals, the Cubs are the first team since the 1984 Tigers to begin the season 24-6. That Detroit team beat the Padres in the World Series, and Chicago will try to find its own success against the Friars with Jon Lester (3-1, 1.58) taking the hill. Lester owns a 2.21 ERA in hitter-friendly Wrigley Field this season but is still seeking his first home victory. He struggled somewhat in his debut 2015 season at Wrigley, going 7-9 with a 3.91 strikeout-to-walk ratio at home as opposed to a 5.47 rate on the road. San Diego's Cesar Vargas (0-1, 1.10) will attempt to become the first Padre to allow one run or fewer in his first four starts of the season. Stat that matters: Entering Sunday, Cubs hitters had come to the plate with runners in scoring position in 364 of their 1,091 plate appearances (33.4 percent) -- the highest total of any team in baseball. Surprisingly, Chicago's team RISP average was .255 - seven points below the NL team average -- meaning their MLB-best 6.21 runs per game average still has room to improve.