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There could have been four games being played today, except that the Rockies offense couldn’t score. Today could be the end for both the Indians and Braves, if they lose.

Divisional Round - Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves - Game Three
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There are three games to be played on Monday and two of them could end the title dreams of the losing team. The Rockies were dispatched by the Brewers in a sweep on Sunday. The Astros have a chance at their own sweep of the Indians today, and the Dodgers could knock off the Brewers with a win as well. The only series that’s guaranteed to play beyond today is Yankees-Red Sox, knotted at a game apiece after the first two games in Boston.

Today’s schedule of games goes like so:

  • Astros-Indians, 1:30, TBS. Starters: Dallas Keuchel and Mike Clevinger
  • Dodgers-Braves, 4:30, FS1. Starters: Rich Hill and Mike Foltynewicz
  • Red Sox-Yankees, 7:40, TBS. Starters: Nathan Eovaldi and Luis Severino

With the way that this postseason has gone so far, that probably means at least nine straight hours of baseball today, if you are into that kind of thing - which if you work somewhere that gets this particular federal holiday off, you might be looking for the entertainment.

Alas, it is not possible for both the Yankees and the Red Sox to lose tonight. Obviously, the first instinct for that series is “team meteor,” but given that scenario is not very likely, I have to admit that there’s real potential for schadenfreude in the 108-win Red Sox losing their first playoff series.

The Astros just won last year, so for that reason, an unlikely Indians revival in their series would be fun. The Dodgers and Braves have both won the World Series in my lifetime - though it was 30 years ago for the Dodgers and 23 years ago for the Braves, so if you’re younger than me, that may not be true about you.