What’s on Tap: Previewing Monday’s action

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The Dodgers and Pirates kicked off Monday’s slate of games with a noon-ish start at PNC Park. The Dodgers’ Scott Kazmir took on the Pirates’ Francisco Liriano.

The evening gives us Mets fireballer Noah Syndergaard, who will oppose the Nationals’ Joe Ross at Nationals Park, starting at 7:05 PM EDT. Last week was a scary one for the Mets, who received an onslaught of injury news. Syndergaard felt elbow discomfort after Wednesday’s start against the Reds, but an MRI revealed no structural damage, so he’s been given the OK to make his scheduled start.

The defending National League champion Mets are still within striking distance of first place, three games behind the Nationals and tied in second place with the Marlins. The Mets and Nationals play four more games in early July, then won’t meet up again until September. It’s too early to call any series a “must-win,” but the seven games between the two teams this week and next could prove crucial to the amount of work the lagging team will have to put in to make up ground in two months.

The rest of Monday’s action…

Texas Rangers (Chi Chi Gonzalez) @ New York Yankees (Ivan Nova), 7:05 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox (Eduardo Rodriguez) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Blake Snell), 7:10 PM EDT

Chicago Cubs (Jake Arrieta) @ Cincinnati Reds (Dan Straily), 7:10 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Trevor Bauer) @ Atlanta Braves (John Gant), 7:10 PM EDT

St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright) @ Kansas City Royals (Danny Duffy), 8:15 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays (Marco Estrada) @ Colorado Rockies (Jon Gray), 8:40 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies (Vincent Velasquez) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Robbie Ray), 9:40 PM EDT

Houston Astros (Collin McHugh) @ Los Angeles Angels (Matt Shoemaker), 10:05 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics (Daniel Mengden) @ San Francisco Giants (Jeff Samardzija), 10:15 PM EDT