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Wednesday MLB postseason game thread

The Championship Series in both leagues are in full swing, with the Rays able to secure their ticket to the World Series with a win tonight against the Astros, and the Braves looking to continue their two game winning streak against the Dodgers.

League Championship - Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros - Game Three
Rays reliever Aaron Loup reacts after escaping a bases loaded situation against the Astros.
Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

With the Rays currently leading the ALCS 3-0, the Astros are facing the possibility of getting bounced from the playoffs tonight. In a low scoring affair to open up the series, the Rays rode to victory behind Blake Snell’s five innings of one-run ball. Manuel Margot was a human highlight reel in Game 2, providing a web gem in the outfield and a three-run homerun to help the Rays edge past the Astros, 4-2. In Game 3, Ryan Yarbrough earned the win for Tampa Bay after allowing two runs in five innings.

Meanwhile, the Braves are ahead of the Dodgers 2-0 in the NLCS. Powered by three home runs — by Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies and Austin Riley — and a four-run ninth inning that broke a 1-1- tie, Atlanta won Game 1 by a score of 5-1. It was a slugfest in Game 2, with Tony Gonsolin getting the start due to Clayton Kershaw’s back injury, and the Braves just barely outscored the Dodgers, 8-7. Nick Markakis was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

Today’s schedule:

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves, NLCS - Game 3

6:05 PM, FS1

The Braves are starting 25-year-old right-hander Kyle Wright tonight, in just the second postseason appearance of his career. Back on October 8th against the Marlins, he pitched six shutout innings while allowing three hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.

The Dodgers will counter with a young starter of their own — 24-year-old left-hander Julio Urias — making his first start of the 2020 postseason. Yet he still has two playoff wins this year, with both coming as a reliever. He threw three scoreless innings with five strikeouts behind Walker Buehler in the NLWC and five innings of one run ball with six strikeouts in the NLDS after starter Dustin May only lasted an inning.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros, ALCS - Game 4

8:40 PM, TBS

Tampa Bay will send Tyler Glasnow to the mound tonight with a chance to eliminate the Astros. Glasnow has a 4.05 ERA over 13.1 total innings this year in the playoffs. He didn’t allow any runs in his most recent start against the Yankees in the ALDS — which the Rays won by a score of 2-1 — but was removed after 2.1 innings.

After making waves with his recent comments about fans in ballparks, Zack Greinke gets the start for Houston in a must-win game. He’s made two starts so far this postseason, allowing one run in four innings against the Twins and four runs in 4.2 innings against the Athletics. Of note, Greinke has also had to deal with arm soreness recently.