LEADING OFF: Happ goes for 20th win, Giants visit Dodgers
A look at what's happening all around the majors Tuesday:
THE BIG 2-0
Toronto lefty J.A. Happ goes for his 20th win when he starts at Seattle in a game between teams competing for the two AL wild cards. Before this season, Happ's career high for wins was 12 with Philadelphia in 2009. The 33-year-old Happ (19-4, 3.27 ERA) starts against 35-year-old Mariners righty Hisashi Iwakuma (16-11, 3.87).
Rich Hill and the Dodgers try to move closer to an NL West crown when they host Johnny Cueto and the second-place Giants. Cueto (16-5, 2.86 ERA) pitched a five-hitter and retired his final 17 batters last Thursday in a clutch performance against St. Louis. Hill is 3-1 with a 1.48 ERA in four starts for Los Angeles since arriving in a trade with Oakland.
ZEROS FOR THE O'S
Kevin Gausman (8-10, 3.43 ERA) looks for another dominant outing against the Red Sox while the Orioles try to gain ground in the AL East. The 25-year-old outpitched Cy Young Award contender Rick Porcello over eight innings in a 1-0 win last Wednesday and has held opponents scoreless in four of his past five starts. Eduardo Rodriguez (2-7, 4.98) has a 3.25 ERA in 11 starts since a returning from a midseason demotion to Triple-A.
A LIFT FROM LESTER
Cubs lefty Jon Lester (17-4, 2.40 ERA) has thrown 17 consecutive scoreless innings, a streak he'll try to stretch against the Reds. Last time out, Lester pitched eight innings in a 7-0 win over the Cardinals. The 32-year-old All-Star has forced his way into the NL Cy Young Award conversation by going 8-1 with a 1.02 ERA over his past nine starts for playoff-bound Chicago.
TOUGHER THAN THEY LOOK
Though it might seem the wild card-contending Mets have an easy opponent in last-place Atlanta, they've actually got their hands full. Pitching for the Braves is All-Star righty Julio Teheran, who threw a one-hit shutout at Citi Field on Father's Day. He ran his scoreless streak against New York to 29 2/3 innings before giving up Curtis Granderson's home run Sept. 9.
The Mets also must deal with longtime nemesis Freddie Freeman, who went 4 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs during Atlanta's victory over Noah Syndergaard in the series opener Monday night. Freeman has a 23-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in 39 straight.
James Shields is 0-5 with a 9.37 ERA in his past nine starts for the White Sox. He is a combined 5-17 for San Diego and Chicago going into this outing at Philadelphia.