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Friday MLB playoffs open thread

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All four of MLB’s postseason series will be in action on Friday, starting with Astros and Indians and capped off by Braves and Dodgers, with Rockies-Brewers and Yankees-Red Sox in between.

National League Tiebreaker Game - Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers
His hair only gets worse.
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There could be something like eleven straight hours of playoff baseball on Friday. That is fun if watching that much baseball interests you, and assuming, of course, that you can find some level of investment in whether particular teams in this postseason win and lose.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • Indians-Astros, 2:05, TBS. Starters: Corey Kluber and Justin Verlander
  • Rockies-Brewers, 4:15, FS1. Starters: Tyler Anderson and Jhoulys Chacin
  • Yankees-Red Sox, 7:32 (??), TBS. Starters: J.A. Happ and Chris Sale
  • Braves-Dodgers, 9:37, FS1. Starters: Anibal Sanchez and Clayton Kershaw

This is the good stuff. Three past Cy Young award winners taking the mound, including a series that opens with two past winners, Kluber and Verlander, dueling while facing a pair of potent offenses. Happ vs. Sale figures to be a good matchup as well, even if the idea of having to watch the Yankees and Red Sox play in the postseason isn’t especially appealing.

Of course, it doesn’t matter how good your starting pitcher is. The Orioles proved this in 2014 when they knocked off the Tigers in three straight games despite the Tigers having a playoff rotation consisting of three former Cy Young winners - including Verlander. It also helps to have a good offense, a good bullpen, and good luck.

The Brewers and Dodgers will be looking to hold their home field advantage while taking 2-0 edges in each of their series. It’s the first game for both of the AL matchups.

Here are lineups for the Indians and Astros, since they’re playing first and those are what are released as I am writing this:

INDIANS

  1. Francisco Lindor - SS
  2. Michael Brantley - LF
  3. Jose Ramirez - 2B
  4. Edwin Encarnacion - DH
  5. Josh Donaldson - 3B
  6. Yonder Alonso - 1B
  7. Melky Cabrera - RF
  8. Yan Gomes - C
  9. Jason Kipnis - CF

ASTROS

  1. George Springer - CF
  2. Jose Altuve - 2B
  3. Alex Bregman - 3B
  4. Yuli Gurriel - 1B
  5. Marwin Gonzalez - LF
  6. Carlos Correa - SS
  7. Tyler White - DH
  8. Josh Reddick - RF
  9. Martin Maldonado - C

Enjoy the games, even if the Yankees and Red Sox can’t somehow both lose.