There is approximately six weeks left in the 2023 Major League Baseball regular season. On Tuesday two intriguing series are to be played–one in the eastern time zone and the other in the pacific time zone.
Philadelphia Phillies @ Toronto Blue Jays
The Phillies are second in the National League East at 65 wins and 54 losses. They also have the top wildcard position in the National League, and have a three and a half game lead over the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds for a playoff spot. The Blue Jays are third in the American League East at 66 wins and 54 losses. Toronto has the third wildcard spot in the American League, and have a two game lead over the Seattle Mariners and a three game lead over the Boston Red Sox. It should be noted that this is only a two-game interleague series.
Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman of Centennial, Colorado has simply had a flawless season for the only Major League team based in Canada. He is second in the Major Leagues with 183 strikeouts. The leader is Atlanta Braves ace Spencer Strider of Columbus, Ohio, who has 217 strikeouts. Gausman, who gets the start for the Blue Jays on Wednesday, also has 16 quality starts. That is third most in the American League. He is only behind New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole of Newport Beach, California, who has 18 quality starts, and Seattle Mariners starting pitcher George Kirby of Rye, New York, who has 17 quality starts.
Milwaukee Brewers @ Los Angeles Dodgers
This fascinating National League matchup features the National League West leading Los Angeles Dodgers and the National League Central leading Milwaukee Brewers. The Dodgers are at 71 wins and 46 losses, and have a healthy nine game lead over the San Francisco Giants. The Brewers are at 65 wins and 54 losses, and lead the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs by three and a half games each.
The Dodgers are led offensively by first baseman Freddie Freeman of Villa Park, California and right fielder Mookie Betts of Nashville, Tennessee. Freeman is second in the Major Leagues with a .339 batting average (only trails Miami Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez of San Felipe, Venezuela who has a .366 batting average), and third in the Major Leagues with 158 hits. Arraez leads with 163 hits and Atlanta Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. is second with 159 hits. Betts is third in the National League with 31 home runs. He is behind Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson of Atlanta, Georgia with 43 home runs and New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso of Tampa, Florida with 35 home runs.
On the mound, Brewers closer Devin Williams of St. Louis, Missouri is third in the National League with 28 saves. He is behind San Francisco 49ers closer Camilo Doval of Yamasa, Dominican Republic and Cincinnati Reds closer Alexis Diaz of Humacao, Puerto Rico. The most intriguing pitching matchup in the series is on Thursday. That is when Dodgers starting pitcher Lance Lynn of Indianapolis, Indiana takes on Brewers starting pitcher Corbin Burnes of Bakersfield, California. Despite having a poor earned run average of 5.88, Lynn is actually fifth in the Major Leagues with 166 strikeouts. Burnes, meanwhile is second in the National League with 16 quality starts. He is second only behind San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Logan Webb of Rocklin, California, who has 18 quality starts.