Today the National League starts up their divisional series, which means the Texas bubble opens, with Atlanta playing Miami at Minute Maid Park, and later, the Dodgers taking on the Padres at Globe Life Field. It’s interesting that home field advantage—which already wasn’t going to be a significant factor because of no fans—has been completely flattened by all teams playing at neutral sites. I wonder how or if it will affect teams like the Astros, used to taking advantage of the Crawford Boxes and now in the spacious confines of Petco, or the Dodgers being out of Dodger Stadium, or the Yankees being able to break free of the curse of the Trop.
So far, the Astros don’t seem to be too affected by their new locale, as they thumped Oakland in Game 1 of the ALDS and will look to stretch that lead to 2-0 today. The late game for the American League is the Yankees/Rays; the Yankees are leading the series 1-0 after Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam late in Game 1 to salt the game away for the Bronx Bombers, who seem pretty happy to be away from the Trop.
Game schedule, lineups, how to watch:
On right now: Atlanta/Miami, on FS1
The Braves got out to an early lead in this one thanks to this guy:
But the Marlins countered quickly:
This is shaping up to be a fun game, so if you have the ability to quietly dial it up at work, do so. Ain’t no party like an 11 AM on a Tuesday party!
The next game up is Game 2 of the Oakland-Houston series, at 12:37 PM, again, a totally normal time for a sporting contest to start. This game is on TBS, like the Yankees-TBR game will be later. Here’s the lineup for that game, featuring a lefty-lefty starter matchup:
Game 2 of the Yankees-Rays series will start after this game ends on TBS, at the somewhat more normal time of 5:10, so if you can figure out whatever channel TBS is, you’re golden.
Update: here’s the Yankees-Rays lineups:
Finally, the Dodgers and Padres get underway in their series, starting at 6:38 PM on FS1. No lineups for either of these later games yet, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled. Mike Clevinger is on the Padres’ NLDS roster and scheduled to start Game 1 tonight. Dinelson Lamet is not on the roster, which is not a good sign for the Padres, nor for me, noted Dinelson Lamet fan. Former Mariner Dan Altavilla also didn’t make the NLDS cut after not pitching in the Wild Card round. See the whole roster here. The Dodgers’ roster is here, with the most notable changes being the addition of Gavin Lux and Dylan Floro, and the subtraction of Keibert Ruiz and Edwin Rios.
Update: here’s how these two teams line up tonight. Also, open plea to team accounts on social media, please stop animating your lineups in video, I do not have the time nor patience to watch your dramatic buildup. What’s wrong with just a still image? [Hobbles away on walker.]