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Postseason In Full Swing

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Postseason In Full Swing

Well it’s what we have all been waiting for.  After Wild Card games with walk offs to advance and pitching duels for the ages, we are now fully into the Postseason race.  With Toronto taking a 1-0 lead after exploding with offense to beat the Texas Rangers and Cleveland taking game one in their matchup with the Boston Red Sox, we now go full-bore into the chase for a World Series Ring.

Today we will see teams trying to even up their series to a 1-1 tie and teams trying to jump out to a 1-0 lead.  All eight teams in the chase will square up and we will follow the many story lines that these games offer.

Blue Jays vs Rangers

At 1:00pm ET on TBS we will see the American League best Texas Rangers attempt to even up their series with their heated rival the Toronto Blue Jays.  This game will feature two of MLB’s finest pitchers as Toronto’s J.A. Happ and Texas pitcher Yu Darvish face off in a game 2 battle.  Happ enters the postseason with a 20-4 record and a 3.18 ERA, while Yu Darvish posted a 7-5 record and an ERA of 3.41.  Teams that have won game one of the best of five series have gone on to win in 62 of 88 previous series.  However, the Blue Jays know it can be done as they pulled off the feat last year to come back and advance.

Red Sox vs Indians

At 4;30pm ET on TBS, the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians will meet up for their Game 2 matchup as well.  With the Indians holding a 1-0 lead in the series, Boston will send David Price to the mound to try to even things up. Price enters the postseason with a 17-9 record for 2016 and an ERA of 3.99.  For Cleveland they turn to Corey Kluber who finished the regular season with a 18-9 record and an ERA of 3.14.  The Red Sox hope that Price is true to his word that he saved all of his postseason wins for the Red Sox.  Price has a career 0-7 postseason record as a starter and a 5.27 ERA.  Kluber will making his first postseason start of his career and hopes to extend the Indians lead as they will head to Boston for game 3.

Dodgers vs Nationals

The Los Angeles Dodgers will meet the Washington Nationals at 5:30pm ET on FS1, in a game 1 matchup between LA’s Clayton Kershaw and Washington’s Max Scherzer.  Kershaw and Scherzer are arguably the two best pitchers in the 2016 postseason,  Kershaw went 12-4 with a 1.69 ERA and Scherzer finished 20-7 and carried a 2.96 ERA in 2016.  This may be the most important matchup of any series. Both teams built their organization around their ace pitchers and have counted on them to win when it matters.  Kershaw has never performed to the level of his regular seasons when it comes to postseason play.  He is 2-6 with a 4.59 ERA over seven post season series appearances,  Scherzer has put up better numbers in his postseason career with a 4-3 record and a 3.73 ERA.  One thing Scherzer and Kershaw still lack is a World Series title and they both look to get a win and head towards a championship.

Giants vs Cubs

The San Francisco Giants will head into Chicago to take on the Chicago Cubs in a 9:00pm ET matchup on FS1.  The Giants are coming from a big win in the Wild Card game against the New York Mets.  They will be without Ace Madison Bumgarner in-game one after he pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Giants to the NLDS.  San Francisco will send Johnny Cueto to the mound to face the veteran playoff pitcher Jon Lester.  The Giants are looking to keep their even year streak going by winning a World Series title again in 2016.  They won in 2010,2012 and again in 2014.  However, this might be the year two streaks are broken.  The Chicago Cubs look to break a 108 year World Series Championship drought and end the Giants even year streak.  Jon Lester finished second in ERA in the regular season to teammate Kyle Hendricks who will be the game 2 starter.  Lester finished the 2016 season with a 19-5 record and a 2.44 ERA.  Johnny Cueto also had a strong year with a 18-5 record and a 2.79 ERA.  Both pitchers have big postseason experience and look to capitalize on how to handle this high pressure situation.  This will be no easy task for the Giants as they are facing a team that not only won 103 games in 2016, but also ranked in the top 20 best defensive teams of all time.  Wrigley will be rocking and Cueto will be doing his shimmy.  Should be interesting.

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