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Wednesday Playoff Baseball Open Thread

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Does it get any crazier than being in the League Championship Series round of the playoffs, in Game 5, a potential series-clincher for the Indians, and having a guy who has made all of one MLB start be their starting pitcher? It's true. Ryan Merritt has pitched in four MLB games before this day, only one of which was a start. This has only happened once before in MLB history, when Matt Moore pitched in the 2011 ALDS after having one career start to his name.

Cleveland is in this position, of course, because they had to burn their whole bullpen in Game 3 - a game they ended up winning, mind you - when Trevor Bauer's mangled finger started bleeding everywhere in the middle of the first inning.

The Indians have not lost four games in a row all season. That does bode well for them in trying to make it to the World Series. The final two games will be at home for them, if they're even necessary, which is also good news for Cleveland.

Later on in the night, the Cubs and Dodgers will play Game 4 of the NLCS. Los Angeles leads the series, 2-1, after a dominant effort by Rich "The Blister" Hill on Tuesday night. No, I don't understand it either. John Lackey and Julio Urias are the starting pitchers in the 8:08 game.

The ALCS game will air on TBS starting at 4:08. The NLCS game will be on Fox Sports 1.

Today's Lineups

Carlos Santana - 1B Jose Bautista - RF
Jason Kipnis - 2B Josh Donaldson - 3B
Francisco Lindor - SS Edwin Encarnacion - 1B
Mike Napoli - DH Troy Tulowitzki - SS
Jose Ramirez - 3B Russell Martin - C
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF Melvin Upton Jr. - DH
Coco Crisp - LF Ezequiel Carrera - LF
Tyler Naquin - CF Kevin Pillar - CF
Roberto Perez - C Darwin Barney - 2B
Ryan Merritt - LHP Marco Estrada - RHP