Aces and races populate a full slate of games Sunday with Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw and Corey Kluber taking the mound for their respective teams as the regular season nears its end.
The Cubs and Brewers also meet for the final time this season as Chicago tries to close out a competitive National League Central race, while the Indians push the Dodgers for the best record in the Major Leagues. Fans can follow all of the action streaming live on MLB.TV.
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Here's what to watch for Sunday (all times ET):
Final clash of Cubs and Crew: [email protected], 2:10 p.m.
Chicago and Milwaukee will have two of their best pitchers on the mound. Jose Quintana (10-11, 4.27) will look to avenge a loss to the Brewers earlier in the year, when he allowed two earned runs in six innings against the Crew.
On the Brewers side, Chase Anderson has a 5-0 record with a 2.34 ERA at Miller Park this season. With a win, the Brewers would move to 3 1/2 games behind the Cubs for the NL Central with six games to play. The Cardinals enter Sunday five games behind the Cubs.
Kershaw tries to right the ship: [email protected], 4:10 p.m
Even with all the Dodgers' recent struggles, No. 1 on Dodgers fans' minds is the idea Kershaw will not be 100 percent for the postseason.
The Dodgers ace hasn't quite been himself since returning from the disabled list, holding a 3.74 ERA in four starts and averaging a little more than five innings per start. He'll try to ease some minds and show he's ready for the postseason as he takes on the rival Giants, who will have Chris Stratton (3-3, 3.94) on the hill.
Kluber tries to stay hot: [email protected], 4:10 p.m.
There has been no pitcher hotter in the second half than Kluber, who is well in the running for his second American League Cy Young Award. The Cleveland ace holds a 1.92 ERA while striking out 129 batters in 98 1/3 innings since the All-Star break.
He'll lead an Indians team that is still battling it out with the Dodgers for home-field advantage throughout the postseason. At 97-58, Cleveland is just one game behind the Dodgers for the best record in the Majors.
Kluber and the Indians will face Mike Leake (10-12, 3.91), who has a 2.13 ERA since joining the Mariners on Aug. 30 in a trade with the Cards.
McCullers makes his return: [email protected], 8:05 p.m.
Lance McCullers (7-3, 3.97) will try to make his case for a playoff rotation spot as he returns from a string of medical issues. McCullers spent all of August on the disabled with a back injury, then made one start Sept. 6 before sitting again due to arm fatigue.
Now with only two starts before the postseason begins, McCullers needs to show he still has the strikeout stuff (122 K's in 111 innings) that made him an All-Star.
Lefty Tyler Skaggs (2-6, 4.30) will start for the Angels. He has a 2.45 ERA over his past three starts.