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MLB Sunday preview: All 30 teams in action

The MLB playoffs are around the corner, and teams are fighting for Wild Card spots. Four teams are within one game of each other for the last two National League spots.

With the playoff race in full swing, there are some big games with important implications on Sunday, Aug. 27.

The day's slate of games includes:

LA Angels @ New York Mets12:05 PM
Colorado Rockies @ Baltimore Orioles1:35 PM
LA Dodgers @ Boston Red Sox1:35 PM
Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates1:35 PM
St. Louis Cardinals @ Philadelphia Phillies1:35 PM
Cleveland Guardians @ Toronto Blue Jays1:37 PM
Houston Astros @ Detroit Tigers1:40 PM
Washington Nationals @ Miami Marlins1:40 PM
New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays1:40 PM
Texas Rangers @ Minnesota Twins2:10 PM
Oakland Athletics @ Chicago White Sox2:10 PM
San Diego Padres @ Milwaukee Brewers2:10 PM
Cincinnati Reds @ Arizona Diamondbacks4:10 PM
Kansas City Royals @ Seattle Mariners4:10 PM
Atlanta Braves @ San Francisco Giants7:10 PM

All times ET

Nola's chance to rebound

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola has not had the best season of his career in 2023, but a showdown against the last-place team in the NL Central, the St. Louis Cardinals, gives him a chance to find his groove as his team tries to clinch a playoff spot.

The Cards recently dropped two games of a three-game series against the team just ahead of them in their division, the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Phillies are at the top of the Wild Card standings, 2.5 games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who currently hold the final spot.

In addition to Nola, some of the Phillies’ other marquee names including Trea Turner and Kyle Schwarber need to start hitting in order to come close to last season's World Series berth.

A series against one of the worst teams in the league could help them heat up before the playoffs.

Verlander faces former team

Justin Verlander takes the mound for the Houston Astros as they take on the Detroit Tigers, the team with which he won both the Cy Young Award and MVP in 2011.

The Tigers are 13 games back from a Wild Card spot and need something of a miracle to make the playoffs.

The Astros, on the other hand, are 0.5 games up on the Seattle Mariners, who hold the final wild card spot. The Toronto Blue Jays are right on their tail, trailing the Mariners by one game.

The defending champion Astros are 4-6 in their last 10 games, including a 17-1 loss at home against the Red Sox on Aug. 24.

Wild Card-chasing Giants face league-best Braves

The San Francisco Giants recently lost two of three games in Philadelphia and are 0.5 games back from the last Wild Card spot.

Before the Phillies series, they lost two of three games in an away series against the Atlanta Braves.

This weekend, the MLB-leading Braves head to San Francisco for three games.

The Braves are 7-3 in their last 10 games and they need to winning at a similar rate to clinch the NL East, especially if they want to rest their stars before the playoffs. 

San Francisco, 4-6 in their last 10, need to keep pace with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who hold the National League's final playoff spot and have won eight of their last 10.

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