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Full slate of MLB playoffs set for Friday

Oct 4, 2013, 11:24 AM EST

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Series: Cardinals lead 1-0
 Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
Gametime: 1:00 p.m.
TV: MLB Network
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Partly cloudy, 83 degrees, wind 15 mph
Starting pitchers: PIT – Gerrit Cole (10-7, 3.22) / STL – Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97)

Game 1 of the NLDS dealt a crushing blow to the upstart Pirates, a 9-1 loss to the Cardinals in a game that got out of hand early. It is just one game, but the momentum St. Louis now carries into Game 2 is quite the situation for rookie Gerrit Cole to step into.

Cole, a former first overall pick, has been excellent through 19 starts for the Pirates this year, enough to earn the nod this early in a playoff series. He’ll face off against third year pro Lance Lynn who hasn’t been reliable this year for the Cards, but did win 15 games thanks to the best run support in the National League. Lynn has made 16 postseason appearances in his career, holding a 4.50 ERA through 22 total innings.

If Pittsburgh expects to have a chance in this series, they’ll have to limit the damage when the Cardinals are at the plate. In Thursday’s opener, all but one player in their starting lineup – Daniel Descalso – reached base. Even pitcher Adam Wainwright walked and scored a run.

ALDS: TAMPA BAY RAYS (92-71)  vs. BOSTON RED SOX (97-65)

Series: 0-0
 Fenway Park in Boston, MA
Gametime: 3:00 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Partly cloudy, 71 degrees, wind 4 mph
Starting pitchers: TB – Matt Moore (17-4, 3.29) / BOS – Jon Lester (15-8, 3.75)

In this American League Division Series we have two teams that know each other well having battled 19 times this year as division foes. The Red Sox won 12 of those matchups and outscored the Rays 71-57 overall.

Matt Moore had a rough finish to the season – allowing eight earned runs over his last 14 1/3 innings – but he was tremendous against Boston this year. He won both of his starts vs. the Red Sox, holding a 1.80 ERA with just five hits allowed in 15 total innings.

Tampa Bay will need a good start as the Red Sox carry the best offense in the majors into the playoffs with 853 total runs scored. The Rays ranked 11th in MLB in total offense and they scored 153 less runs than Boston did.

The last time these teams met in the playoffs, the only time, was in the 2008 American League Championship Series when the Rays prevailed in seven games. This should be another good one.


Series: Dodgers lead 1-0
 Turner Field in Atlanta, Ga.
Gametime: 6:00 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Sunny, 80 degrees, wind 3 mph
Starting pitchers: LAD – Zack Greinke (15-4, 2.63) / ATL – Mike Minor (13-9, 3.21)


Kris Medlen gave up five runs on nine hits in Atlanta’s Game 1 loss.

The Dodgers slowed down towards the end of the regular season, but everyone knows they can be dangerous. They put a stamp on this series in the first game, getting to Kris Medlen early and letting Clayton Kershaw go to work in a 6-1 win.

Tonight Zack Greinke will look to send them back to L.A. up 2-0 in his fourth career postseason start. Thus far he has been horrible in playoff situations, posting a 6.48 ERA with 12 earned runs and four homers allowed through 16 2/3 total innings. He saw the Braves once this year, on June 6, and shut them outthrough seven innings to get the win.

Mike Minor will look to slow the Dodgers lineup in his first career playoff start. Their offense looked like a powerhouse in Game 1 so that will be no easy task. He pitched twice in the teams’ season series, going 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA through 12 innings.


Series: 0-0
Where: Coliseum in Oakland, CA
Gametime: 9:30 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Clear, 66 degrees, wind 4 mph
Starting pitchers: DET – Max Scherzer (21-3, 2.90) / OAK – Bartolo Colon (18-6, 2.65)

Both the Athletics and Tigers haven’t played since their regular season finales on Sept. 29, a span of four days. That’s a long time for any team, especially after being no-hit as the Tigers were by the Marlins in Miami.

The two reigning division champs meet for the second straight year in the NL Division Series after going five games in 2012. The A’s took the first two games in Detroit last October before the Tigers swept all three once the series moved west.

Max Scherzer gets the start over Justin Verlander after leading the majors in wins. Pitching for Oakland is the ageless wonder, 40-year-old Bartolo Colon.

The Tigers are the defending AL champions, but a banged up Miguel Cabrera doesn’t help their chances against the league’s hottest team. The A’s enter Friday’s matchup having won six straight.

  1. Theophilus T.S. - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    “Ageless [PED-using] wonder, Bartolo Colon.”

  2. natsfan1a - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    And facing off against a PED-using shortstop, right? Ah, the simple joys of postseason baseball… :-)

    Anyhoo, will probably watch some of the action today, starting with the PIT/STL game, seeing as how I’m waiting for a couple of projects to hit my desk.

  3. natsfan1a - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    On another postseason note, will the SI curse doom the Bravos this postseason? One can only hope. :-)–mlb.html

    • veejh - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      That game yesterday put a smile on my face.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      I’m thinking the Dodgers don’t really need the SI curse to doom the Braves. I think they’ve taken care of that themselves.

  4. Theophilus T.S. - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    The PED-using SS, I heard, was playing LF. Should be good for a laugh or two.

  5. natsfan1a - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Oh, right. I did see that somewhere.

  6. Theophilus T.S. - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    BJ’s had weeks he couldn’t hit Kare’s bra size.

  7. Theophilus T.S. - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM


  8. Baseballswami - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Two games right now? Bonus Friday afternoon.

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    4 games today with some overlapping. It feels like the NCAA Tournament.

  10. Baseballswami - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    It feels awesome!! And even though I am sad we are not in the postseason, this is very not stressful. Except they keep mentioning last year….

  11. jd - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    The Rays have been playing ‘game 7’s’ for 3 straight games and yet they are able to start Matt Moore in game 1 of the ALDS. Must be nice.

  12. Baseballswami - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Rays baseball is highly entertaining.

  13. natsfan1a - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    In other news, the Roger has been raised.

  14. David Proctor - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    The Ray are imploding.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      It got ugly quick.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        The postgame will get interesting on what exactly happened with Papi’s groundrule double. “I got I got it. I don’t got it”.

      • therealjohnc - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:29 PM

        It was a total circus. The “I got it, I got it, you take it” “double” to RF, Gomes gets a 2 RBI “double” that is probably a routine out in any other ballpark in MLB. Gomes then scores from second on a slow roller when the pitcher doesn’t get over to first in time. The LF misplays a ball of the LF wall, allowing a runner to score all the way from first. The catcher simply fails to catch a third strike, allowing the runner to reach. The next batter singles, scoring the fifth run. UGLY

        Rays looked like a little league team today

  15. Eugene in Oregon - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Glad to learn that the Pirates won. Just started listening to the Sox-Rays game about which I am largely indifferent. Was the Wil Myers dropped (or avoided?) ball as bad as it sounds?

    • therealjohnc - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      Possibly worse

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    So much for Matt Harvey rehabbing and not having TJ surgery. Looks like Dr Andrews is recommending he gets it now. He’s now lost any chance of coming back at the end of 2014.

  17. Baseballswami - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Aside from Harvey, there is some good pitching coming along in our division– unfortunately. Things could get interesting the next couple if ywars. Barves game starting– that racist chopping makes me nauseous.

  18. Baseballswami - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    So how often is McCann going to trot himself out to the mound? Paranoid?

  19. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    if we were betting on over/under for Max’s Ks tonight, I would bet over 15 Ks for him.
    And if four HRs have not been hit before in a playoff game, watch for MCab to do it tonight. Tigers win 9-0.

  20. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    minor has clearly got this game in the bag.

  21. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Eric Chavez can be a good candidate for a bench bat. He is a bit old but has produced respectable at the plate. John Buck as Ramos’ backup would be nice but not sure if he would be interested.

  22. Baseballswami - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    NLDS game 4, 2012- masn. JZ warming in the pen right now. I have got to relive that glorious inning.

  23. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    why does postseason baseball seem a lot slower than regular season?

  24. natsfan1a - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    On the slower games, pitching changes are part of it, imo.

    Didn’t see the A’s game, because it started too late for me. Did see most of PIT/STL (yay) and LAD/ATL (boo), as well as some of TAM/BOS (meh).

  25. natsfan1a - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Oh, and at one point I was bored and trying to count the former Nats on playoff teams. Let’s see, without looking at rosters, there’s ATL (Ayala), BOS (Gomes), LAD (J. Hairston), OAK (Zuk, Millone), PITT (Byrd), TAM (Peralta). Am I missing some? At one point I clicked over to the game at Boston, and Gomes was just ending an at-bat. I’m like, “Aww, he doesn’t do the helmet waggle now.” Then I rewound. “Nah, he still does it.” That made me happy for some strange reason. (Hey, I take what I can get in non-Nats playoff baseball.)





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