The American League will conclude its first round today with a decisive match for the third, as we will see which National League teams can finish a quick 2-0 streak. Hopefully, these games can finish faster than last night’s Indian / Yankees marathon.
Here is today’s schedule:
Rossi to Braves (Braves leads 1-0), 11:08 CT, ESPN
The Reds could field an athletics team with all the base runners blocked from yesterday’s game. The Braves won it with a single from Freddie Freeman that continued his fantastic season. Luis Castillo faces rookie Ian Anderson.
Marlins to the Cubs (Marlins leads 1-0), 1:08 CT, ABC
The Marlins have never lost a playoff streak and could continue that winning streak today against the Cubs. It’s been an unlikely season for the brave Marlins, and they could pose a formidable challenge with rookie Sixto Sanchez on the mound against Cubs ace Yu Darvish.
White Sox at Athletics (1-1 draw), 2:10 CT, ESPN
A jumped on Dallas Keuchel in Game 2 to wrap up the series, giving us a decisive three-way match between two exciting young teams. Rookies Dylan Cease and Dane Dunning are chances to start for the White Sox, who haven’t named a starter, though you might see a bullpen day. Mike Fiers and Sean Manaea are chances for the A’s.
Cardinals at Padres (Cardinals lead 1-0), 6:08 CT, ESPN
Could the Cardinals deprive the country of a fun Padres race? San Diego was hurt by having two of their best pitchers – Dinelson Lamet and Mike Clevinger – out, and Zach Davies will be looking to tie the series against Cardinals veteran Adam Wainwright.
Brewers at Dodgers (Dodgers 1-0), 9:08 CT, ESPN
The Brewers will be looking to start better than they did in Race 1, when Brent Suter couldn’t find the pot. Brandon Woodruff also looks to the series, but will have to do so against Clayton Kershaw, who has had his fair share of post-season difficulties.