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Wednesday League Championship Series Thread: Cardinals @ Dodgers, Red Sox @ Tigers

NLCS Game 5, with the Cardinals going to clinch, starts at 4 on TBS. ALCS Game 4, with Boston holding a 2-1 series lead, starts at 8 on FOX.

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Must be nice to be a team like the Dodgers with a $216 million payroll, so you can have a pitcher like Zach Greinke scheduled to start in a possible elimination game, with Clayton Kershaw to start the next game, if necessary. Never mind that the Dodgers already blew one game with Greinke pitching a gem in this series. Maybe they'll do better this time around, at home? I got nothing.

Remember, the Cardinals are fueled by Satanic power.

Speaking of being fueled by Satanic power, there's also the Red Sox, who lead the Tigers by a 2-1 margin in the American League Championship Series, even managing to win a game last night where Justin Verlander was stunningly dominant - regrettably for the Tigers and the rest of civilization, the Tigers offense was even more stunningly incompetent. Could that hold true again tonight as Jake Peavy takes the mound? It's Peavy, for crying out loud. Even the Tigers should be able to get something going against him.

Last year, no playoff team seemed particularly dominant. As I watched the Yankees roll over against the Tigers and the Tigers roll over in turn against the Giants, I thought, the Orioles could have done better than that. There is no such feeling this year. These are the haves, and they have lots of things the Orioles do not. The Cardinals bullpen is ridiculous, as is the Dodgers rotation, and the Tigers rotation. The Red Sox have Satan. So it goes.


Carl Crawford (L) - LF Matt Carpenter (L) - 2B
Mark Ellis (R) - 2B Carlos Beltran (S) - RF
Hanley Ramirez (R) - SS Matt Holliday (R) - LF
Adrian Gonzalez (L) - 1B Matt Adams (L) - 1B
Andre Ethier (L) - CF Yadier Molina (R) - C
Yasiel Puig (R) - RF Jon Jay (L) - CF
Juan Uribe (R) - 3B David Freese (R) - 3B
A.J. Ellis (R) - C Pete Kozma (R) - SS
Zack Greinke (R) - P Joe Kelly (R) - P