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Batten down the hatches- Playoff Open Games Thread: 10/15

J.A. Happ vs. Josh Tomlin; Kenta Maeda vs. Jon Lester

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The Cleveland Indians have won four playoff games in a row now, which is the most they've won since 1920. They satisfyingly shut out the Blue Jays last night in a 2-0 victory, and wow wouldn't it be great to have a Francisco Lindor of our own? Josh Tomlin gets the start today for the Tribe, due to a freak accident that could only befall Trevor Bauer

It will never not be weird to hear J.A. Happ talked about with such glowing positivity, and because I'm not yet old, but maturely bitter, I hope he tanks tonight.

Today's Lineups

Ezequiel Carrera - LF Rajai Davis - CF
Josh Donaldson - 3B Jason Kipnis - 2B
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B Francisco Lindor - SS
Jose Bautista - RF Mike Napoli - 1B
Troy Tulowitzki - SS Carlos Santana - DH
Russell Martin - C Jose Ramirez - 3B
Michael Saunders - DH Brandon Guyer - LF
Kevin Pillar - CF Lonnie Chisenhall - RF
Darwin Barney - 2B Roberto Perez - C
J.A. Happ - LHP Josh Tomlin - RHP


I'm writing this early this morning, since I'll be out in this storm most of the day, and unfortunately the lineups for the Cubs and Dodgers haven't been released yet. We do know that Kenta Maeda will get the start after Thursday's epic Game 5, and Kenley Jansen expects to be able to pitch in the game if needed. Bellarmine Prep alum Jon Lester will face off against (hopefully) Yasiel Puig and other, less fun, Dodgers as well.

If you like playoff odds, FiveThirtyEight gives the Jays and the Indians an even 50-50 shot of winning tonight. They were not so kind to the Dodgers (32-68).