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The Monday marathon playoff baseball game thread

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There are four postseason series going on right now, all of which will be in action today. Two of them could be over by the end of the day if the teams we want to lose end up losing.

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It is a holiday for some, and in some ways it's a holiday for us all because there will be four playoff baseball games running possibly continuously for something like 10 hours. This is a great concept in general, although it's not as great for fans of the teams playing early who have to work. You don't have to radically alters your day to make a 7pm start time. Showing up for a 12pm local time, 1pm Eastern time game - like the one to be played first in Houston - well, that kind of sucks on a Monday afternoon.

But that's how it goes. MLB has deemed them the least significant of the series. As far as overall market size they might not be wrong, but that still sucks for Astros fans, and also for Rangers fans, whose game beginning at about 3pm local time, 4pm Eastern time, isn't much better.

Both American League series could end today, if the teams that we Orioles fans do not like end up losing. The NL series, playing later on, cannot end today. Each is knotted at a game apiece. If I heard the number right  the other night, a team that wins Game 3 after a 1-1 tie in the Division Series round goes on to win the series 80% of the time.

1:07pm Eastern: Royals @ Astros (Houston leads, 2-1)
Starters: Yordano Ventura (KC), Lance McCullers (HOU)

4:07pm Eastern: Blue Jays @ Rangers (Texas leads, 2-1)
Starters: R.A. Dickey (TOR), Derek Holland (TEX)

6:07pm Eastern: Cardinals @ Cubs (Series tied 1-1)
Starters: Michael Wacha (STL), Jake Arrieta (CHI)

8:37pm Eastern: Dodgers @ Mets (Series tied 1-1)
Starters: Brett Anderson (LA), Matt Harvey (NY)

Who are you rooting for today? Give me Astros, Rangers, Cubs, and Mets for a perfect day - well, as perfect as it can be when the playoffs don't involve the Orioles, that is.

Today's Lineups

KANSAS CITY ROYALS HOUSTON ASTROS
Alcides Escobar - SS Jose Altuve - 2B
Ben Zobrist - 2B George Springer - RF
Lorenzo Cain - CF Carlos Correa - SS
Eric Hosmer - 1B Colby Rasmus - LF
Kendrys Morales - DH Evan Gattis - DH
Mike Moustakas - 3B Carlos Gomez - CF
Salvador Perez - C Luis Valbuena - 3B
Alex Gordon - LF Chris Carter - 1B
Alex Rios - RF Jason Castro - C
Yordano Ventura - RHP Lance McCullers - RHP