Four more games underway in the MLB playoffs today, though it may be difficult for some people to find the first one.
Braves v. Marlins, game two, kicks off the action at 2:08 PM, but it’s banished to MLB Network, which doesn’t have nearly the cable or streaming reach as, say, TBS or FS1. That’s fine, the Braves only have one of the best and more exciting offenses in the league. Who wants to see that, anyway?
That offense hopped all over Marlins pitching in the bottom of the sixth yesterday, scoring six runs on their way to a 9-5 beating of Miami. Today, the Braves will send Ian Anderson to the mound, and I’m sure most of you will remember him. Miami counters with Pablo Lopez.
At 3:35 PM, the cheatin’ ass Astros will look to put away the Athletics in game three of their American League Division series. George Springer has been brilliant so far, yesterday bashing two dingers to propel the ‘Stros over Oakland. Those two homers put him at seventh on the all time postseason home run list, tied with Nelson Cruz, Jayson Werth and Carlos Beltran with 17 postseason home runs.
Springer will be a free agent at the end of the season, and he may be racking up some dollar bills with these performances.
At 7:10 PM, the Rays and Yankees will play their third game, all knotted at one apiece. It’s unfortunate that Giancarlo Stanton is a Yankee, because otherwise he would be incredibly root-for-able. Alas, the Yankees are evil. Charlie Morton will face off against Masahiro Tanaka.
And finally, at 9:08 PM, the Dodgers and Padres will play their second game, with the Dodgers taking a one game lead last night in a 5-1 victory. Mike Clevinger started for the Padres last night after a bout with an elbow strain. Unfortunately, that elbow tightened up again after just one innings last night, and he was removed after only two pitches in the second. That meant the Padres had to transition to another bullpen game, after basically having to do that all throughout their Wild Card series with the Cardinals. Already without Dinelson Limet... this is starting to look like a tall task for the Padres, facing the best team in all of baseball.
Clayton Kershaw will start for the Dodgers, looking to exercise his postseason demons.