It's Officially October With 4 Playoff Games [MLB Playoffs Day 2 Live Thread]

10/1/11 in MLB   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Yesterday's playoffs opener was devoid of drama, as Matt Moore introduced himself to the baseball world, while the Tigers and Yankees barely got going before the skies opened. Today though, as the calendar turns to October, the playoffs really get started as each division series is in action, including the resumption of Game 1 in the Bronx. Here's a quick primer of each game.

Game 1: Arizona at Milwaukee - 2:07 PM

The Diamondbacks went from a 97 loss season to a division title, while the Brewers all-in for this season has so far worked out. Arizona will start 21 game winner Ian Kennedy, while the Brewers go with their old stalwart (even though he's only 25), Yovani Gallardo. The team's strengths are essentially opposites. While the Brewers' strength is their top level offense, the D'Backs will counter with their defense and bullpen.

Game 1: St. Louis at Philadelphia - 5:07 PM

Last time Roy Halladay opened the playoffs, he threw a no-hitter. The Cardinals will obviously hope for a less decisive outcome. They certainly have the offense to get some runs off the Phillies' rotation, although it's still unknown if Matt Holliday will play, and if he does, how effective he'll be. The Cardinals needed Chris Carpenter to start the final game to get into the playoffs, and thus today they'll send Kyle Lohse, who quietly had a 3.39 ERA this season, to the mound. Philadelphia is probably considered the big favorite, but as we saw yesterday with the Rays, momentum can be a powerful thing.

Game 2: Tampa Bay at Texas - 7:07 PM

The Rays crushed the Rangers yesterday 9-0 on the strength of two Kelly Shoppach homers and Matt Moore's 7 shutout innings, sending Texas already into a must-win situation. Derek Holland takes the mound against James Shields.

Game 1: Detroit at NY Yankees - 8:37 PM (Game tied at 1 in the bottom of the 2nd)

Finally, we have the continuation of last night's postponed game. Both teams will send out their original Game 2 starters, Doug Fister and Ivan Nova, tonight, while Sabathia and Verlander will go at it against in Game 3. Fister was arguably the best trade deadline pickup this year, as he went 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA as a Tiger. Nova, of course, was one of the better rookies this year. The series won't have an off day the rest of the way now, but the elephant in the room remains the weather. It's forecasted to rain in the Bronx yet again tonight.

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10/2/11   |   Tiger_Pride2   |   3287 respect

The Braves collapse = No more baseball for me.

10/2/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

If you're watching today's games, please use this thread. Today's matchups:

Game 2: Detroit at Yankees - 3:07
Game 2: Arizona at Milwaukee - 5:07
Game 2: St. Louis at Philadelphia - 8:37

10/1/11   |   Scott   |   53881 respect

 The real Kyle Lohse shows up in the 6th and the Phillies take advantage.  3 run homerun by Howard gives the Phillies the lead, 2 batters later Raul Ibanez hits a two run shot to make it 6-3.  With Halladay settled in and setting down 14 straight, this game is over

10/1/11   |   Scott   |   53881 respect

 Cardinal crappy defense gives the Phillies an extra out in the 4th inning and Victorino drives in a run to make it 3-1.  

10/1/11   |   Scott   |   53881 respect

 Lance Berkman gives the Cardinals a 3-0 first inning lead with a home run off Roy Halladay.  Thru 3 innings, Cardinal starter Kyle Lohse has looked very sharp.

10/1/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Brewers take Game 1 by a score of 4-1. Now, the lineups for St. Louis/Philly.

St. Louis:

SS Furcal
RF Craig
1B Pujols
LF Berkman
3B Freese
C Molina
2B Schumaker
CF Jay
P Lohse

Note that Holliday is not in the starting lineup.

Philadelphia:

SS Rollins
2B Utley
RF Pence
1B Howard
CF Victorino
LF Ibanez
3B Polanco
C Ruiz
P Halladay

10/1/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Here are the lineups for the Arizona-Milwaukee game.

Arizona:

SS Bloomquist
2B Hill
RF Upton
C Montero
CF Young
1B Overbay
3B Roberts
LF Parra
P Kennedy

Milwaukee:

RF Hart
CF Morgan
LF Braun
1B Fielder
2B Weeks
3B Hairston, Jr.
SS Betancourt
C Lucroy
P Gallardo

I never thought I'd see the day where Willie Bloomquist is hitting leadoff in a playoff game.