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The Friday playoff baseball marathon game thread

There will be playoff baseball for just about the whole dang day on Friday. That sounds like a pretty good deal... well, as long as the teams we hate end up losing in the process.

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All eight remaining playoff teams will be in action on this Friday, a staggered set of games that could, depending on how long each individual game goes, result in twelve or more continuous hours of live baseball being on the television. There is three hours between the start time of each game. Not every postseason game is three or more hours long, but it seems like many are.

Here is the schedule:

12:45pm: Rangers @ Blue Jays (Texas leads 1-0)
Starters: Cole Hamels (TEX), Marcus Stroman (TOR)

3:45pm: Astros @ Royals (Houston leads 1-0)
Starters: Scott Kazmir (HOU), Johnny Cueto (KC)

6:45pm: Cubs @ Cardinals (first game)
Starters: Jon Lester (CHI), John Lackey (STL)

9:45pm: Mets @ Dodgers (first game)
Starters: Jacob deGrom (NY), Clayton Kershaw (LAD)

Talk about saving the best for last. That looks like the stuff the playoffs are made of. That is also a lot of baseball overall. A home team has yet to win this postseason. If that continues all through today, I won't be sad about it. I'm sure that it won't continue, just because the chances aren't high.

If you had to pick just one of these teams to lose today, which would you pick? I think you already know my answer.

Today's Lineups

Delino DeShields Jr. - CF Ben Revere - LF
Shin-Soo Choo - RF Josh Donaldson - 3B
Prince Fielder - DH Jose Bautista - RF
Mitch Moreland - 1B Edwin Encarnacion - DH
Elvis Andrus - SS Troy Tulowitzki - SS
Josh Hamilton - LF Chris Colabello - 1B
Rougned Odor - 2B Russell Martin - C
Chris Gimenez - C Kevin Pillar - CF
Hanser Alberto - 3B Ryan Goins - 2B
Cole Hamels - LHP Marcus Stroman - RHP