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NLDS Game 2/ALCS Game 3 Open Games Thread

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let’s have some more of that good good baseball

League Championship - Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game One Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Again, I don’t know if it’s that my brain was starved for baseball during the long shutdown, or if, stuck at home in quarantine I don’t have anything else to do other than watch every single post-season game, but the baseball, it is very good, yes? Today the teams flip-flop with the Braves-Dodgers taking the early game on FS1, and the Rays-Astros moving to the evening slot.

I missed the ninth inning of the Braves-Dodgers game yesterday, which is apparently the only inning that really mattered, argh. I was really impressed with how tight the Braves played the Dodgers, though, and freely admit I was wrong to think the Dodgers would boatrace the Braves en route to the WS. Today the Dodgers look to even the series, but they’ll have to do so without Clayton Kershaw, who was scratched from the game with that nagging back spasms issue he has. Since “Get Kershaw a ring” is the only reason I’m rooting for the Dodgers (unless the Astros come back in the ALCS, in which case “nuke the Astros” remains my primary rooting directive), I like Atlanta in this contest, especially because they’ll be starting Ian Anderson, who is very young, and very good.

Today's Lineups

BRAVES DODGERS
Ronald Acuna - RF Mookie Betts - RF
Freddie Freeman - 1B Corey Seager - SS
Marcell Ozuna - DH Justin Turner - 3B
Travis d'Arnaud - C Max Muncy - 1B
Ozzie Albies - 2B Will Smith - C
Dansby Swanson - SS Cody Bellinger - CF
Austin Riley - 3B A.J. Pollock - LF
Nick Markakis - LF Joc Pederson - DH
Cristian Pache - CF Chris Taylor - 2B
Ian Anderson - RHP Tony Gonsolin - RHP

This game gets underway at 3:05 PT on FS1.

Yesterday the Rays eked out a win over the Astros thanks in part to this absolute boom-shaka-laka off the bat of Mike Zunino, a familiar sight for Mariners fans:

Manuel Margot also made one of the best catches I’ve ever seen, and hit a three-run bomb that made up most of Tampa Bay’s offense. The Rays now lead the series 2-0 and will try to extend their lead today. Swapping places with the NLCS series, this game will air at 5:40 PT on TBS.

Here’s how the Astros line up for tonight’s game behind Jose Urquidy. I guess Martin Maldonado needs a rest?

On the other side, former Mariner prospect Ryan Yarbrough gets the start for Tampa Bay.

Go Flappy Bois! Keep making people mad.