The League Championship series continues today, elbowing in against college football to fight for some real estate on your TV screen. One o’clock on a Saturday feels like a weird time to start a major playoff game to me, but what do I know. Today’s Yankees-Astros game features a pretty badass pitching matchup, though:
Estas son las alineaciones del 2do partido de la Serie de Campeonato entre @Yankees vs @astros #ALCS #Postseason #MLB #PioEnPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/zqqIapnsKJ— Cristopher Fernandez (@crfernandezjr) October 14, 2017
You can find this game on FOX.
Cubs vs. Dodgers gets underway today at 5 on TBS. No lineups yet, but Quintana will get the start for the Cubs, while Kershaw will make another postseason start/drop in the bucket of “Kershaw postseason narratives.” The Dodgers will be without one key piece of their lineup:
Yikes, Corey Seager is not on the roster. Wow.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) October 14, 2017
Yowch. Apparently his back injury is serious enough that the Dodgers felt they couldn’t use a roster spot on him. Get well soon, Kyle’s brother. The Dodgers are still stacked, obviously but this is not good news for them:
How important was Corey Seager to the Dodgers this year? They were 51 games over (93-42) when he started, 5 under (11-16) when he didn't— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) October 14, 2017
I’m not sure if the absence of one player is enough to explain how poorly the Dodgers played during their late-season swoon, but ZiPS doesn’t have a rosy outlook either:
ZiPS projections for Cubs/Dodgers with and without Corey Seager in the lineup. SPOILER: He's good. pic.twitter.com/XQxv54jz2M— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) October 14, 2017
Postseason baseball! Catch the fever.