It's Officially October With 4 Playoff Games [MLB Playoffs Day 2 Live Thread]
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.
Q it up here on this full day of baseball as we continue our weekend of Live Threads.