LEADING OFF: M’s test streak vs Astros, Soto rejoins Nats

by | Jul 22, 2022 | Sports

A look at what’s happening around baseball today:———FEELING 15?Breakout rookie Julio Rodríguez and the Mariners can match a franchise record with their 15th consecutive win as they open a home series against AL West-leading Houston.Seattle went into the All-Star break a victory shy of matching the 2001 club for the franchise’s best run. They haven’t lost since July 1, and Rodríguez leads the team with 13 RBIs during the streak.Just about the only downside to Seattle’s surge is that Houston is 12-5 over that same period, keeping the Mariners 11 games back in the division race.SOTO WATCHAll-Star Home Run Derby champion and trade deadline target Juan Soto rejoins his Nationals teammates to begin a series in Arizona.Soto was peppered throughout All-Star week with questions about his future with Washington after he recently rejected a $440 million, 15-year deal. With their efforts to lock up the superstar rebuffed, the Nationals could trade Soto before the Aug. 2 trade deadline. This could be Soto’s final two weeks with his only franchise, where he won a World Series in 2019.The 23-year-old Soto is having a down season by his lofty standards, hitting .250 with 20 home runs, 43 RBIs and a .901 OPS for the Nats, who own baseball’s worst record.SHOWDOWN AT CITI FIELDThe NL East-leading Mets open the season’s second half with three games against San Diego, starting with a matchup between aces Max Scherzer and Yu Darvish.Scherzer (6-1, 2.22 ERA) will be making his fourth start since missing t …

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