A look at what’s happening around the majors on Friday:
Austin Riley and the Atlanta Braves aim for their 15th straight win, which would tie for the longest streak in franchise history in the post-1900 era. They’ll try to match the mark when they play at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs, who have lost 10 in a row.
The Braves, who have been based in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta during the last century, won 15 in a row in 2000 with the likes of Chipper Jones, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux.
Orlando Arcia, starting at second base in place of the injured Ozzie Albies, helped Atlanta sweep a three-game series at Washington this week in which it hit 13 home runs and outscored the Nationals 27-11.
Charlie Morton (4-3, 5.67 ERA) pitches the opener of the three-game series in Chicago. He is 4-6 with a 5.44 ERA in 16 career starts against the Cubs.
The Cubs, meanwhile, have their longest losing streak since dropping 12 straight last August. Chicago has been outscored 90-28 during its skid.
Keegan Thompson (6-2, 3.67) starts the opener for Chicago. He was tagged for five runs while getting only two outs in an 18-4 loss at Yankee Stadium last weekend.
Cleveland star José Ramírez has gotten an extra-base hit in eight straight games, making him the first major leaguer to do it since Cincinnati’s Joey Votto in 2020.
Ramírez hit an opposite-field grounder that hugged the third-base line against an exaggerated shift in the first inning as the Guardians matched a season high with their fourth win in a row, beating Colorado 4-2.
Ramírez and the Guardians open a weekend series at Dodger Stadium against lefty ace Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 2.12 ERA). Zach Plesac (2-4, 4.70 ERA) starts for Cleveland.