Giancarlo Stanton has been the biggest story in baseball this month. The Miami slugger has already established a Marlins franchise record for single-season home runs, and with his 44th on Tuesday, he's now gone deep in six consecutive games.
Stanton will try to make it seven straight -- one shy of the MLB record -- today when his Marlins wrap a three-game series against the Giants in Miami. It's just one matchup worth tuning in for in a jam-packed 15-game slate streaming live on MLB.TV.
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Here's what to watch for throughout the day (all times ET).
Stanton nearing MLB record: [email protected], 1:10 p.m.
Stanton homered against Madison Bumgarner in the third inning Tuesday, putting him within two games of the Major League record for most consecutive games with a home run. Ken Griffey Jr., Dale Long and Stanton's skipper, Don Mattingly, share the record at eight games.
Player Page for Matt Cain is the latest hurler tasked with containing the red-hot Stanton, who's homered 11 times in his last 12 games. The right-hander is making his first start since July 31 and is seeking his first win since May 15. He's 0-8 with a 5.97 ERA since.
For the Marlins, Jose Urena will toe the rubber. He owns a 3.62 ERA at home this season.
Darvish makes Dodger Stadium debut: [email protected], 10:10 p.m.
More than two weeks after joining the Dodgers at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, Yu Darvish will make his home debut in an Interleague matchup with the White Sox. The veteran righty won each of his first two starts with the Dodgers, allowing two earned runs across 12 innings and striking out 10 batters in each.
The White Sox will counter with left-hander Carlos Rodon, who's pitched at least 6 2/3 innings and held his opponent to two runs or fewer in three consecutive starts, all no-decisions.
Cole takes on Nelson and Crew: [email protected], 2:10 p.m.
Gerrit Cole enters today's matchup with the Brewers at Miller Park riding a seven-game road win streak. The Bucs righty has held the Brewers to three runs over 21 innings and struck out 23 batters through three starts against the club in 2017.
Right-hander Jimmy Nelson will start for Milwaukee, looking to rebound from a tough outing against the Reds on Friday. He gave up a career-worst nine earned runs on 11 hits and three walks.
"He got ahead of hitters, and they got a bunch of two-strike hits off what I thought were decent pitches," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "Some fastballs up in the zone. He gave up some hits on some executed pitches, and there were a couple of mistakes in there. Then we had a couple of defensive mistakes."
Stroman takes the hill: [email protected], 7:07 p.m.
Marcus Stroman was at his best in his last start, holding the Pirates to four hits over eight innings, but defensive miscues cost him a win as Pittsburgh plated four unearned runs against him. He'll look to repeat that performance, ideally with improved defense behind him, when the Blue Jays host the Rays tonight.
Rookie Jacob Faria starts for the Rays. Faria was perfect through four innings his last time out against the Indians, but the wheels came off in the fifth when a leadoff homer by Edwin Encarnacion gave way to a five-run inning. The five runs allowed were a career high.