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Thursday MLB Division Series open thread

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All four series could come to an end today, or we could have four more games on tap for tomorrow.

MLB: NLDS-San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

For at least one more day we have the privilege to watch four games of playoff baseball in a single day. We may be able to say the same for tomorrow, or we may be left without any baseball to watch until Sunday. Let’s hope for the former, or at least something in between.

Here are the games on tap for today:

Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins, 2:08 p.m. ET, FS1

  • Atlanta leads 2-0 in the series

Sixto Sanchez is only 22 years old, but he is already a sensation. The rookie was the centerpiece of the deal that landed J.T. Realmuto in Philadelphia last year, and now he is dazzling us with his electric stuff for the surprising Marlins. They will need a big performance from him if they are going to avoid elimination. On the other side is Kyle Wright, a 25-year-old making his playoff debut.

Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros, 3:35 p.m. ET, TBS

  • Houston leads 2-1 in the series

Who else was excited that the Athletics won on Wednesday? It did come at a cost though. Their closer, Liam Hendriks, went three innings for the win, which might make him unavailable or extremely limited in another win-or-go-home game.

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees, 7:10 p.m. ET, TBS

  • Tampa Bay leads 2-1 in the series

This AL East battle is reaching a critical point. The Bronx Bombers have dropped two in a row. They are turning to Jordan Montgomery to start, but everything has to be on the table in this elimination game, even a possible appearance of Gerrit Cole on two days rest.

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres, 9:08 p.m. ET, MLB Network

  • Los Angeles leads 2-0 in the series

It would be a real shame if this series were to end in a sweep. The Padres have been the league’s most exciting team all summer, and we need to see a few more of their games. It’s only right. But in order or that to happen they will need Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado to find their groove at the plate. Each of them only has one hit through the first two games, although Machado’s was a solo home run.


This post won’t be updating with the lineups for EVERY game, but since the managers have released the lineups for the first game of the day prior to posting, we do have those:

Atlanta Braves:

  1. CF Ronald Acuna
  2. 1B Freddie Freeman
  3. DH Marcell Ozuna
  4. C Travis d’Arnaud
  5. 2B Ozzie Albies
  6. SS Dansby Swanson
  7. LF Adam Duvall
  8. RF Nick Markakis
  9. 3B Austin Riley

RHP Kyle Wright

Miami Marlins

  1. RF Jon Berti
  2. LF Corey Dickerson
  3. 1B Jesus Aguilar
  4. 3B Brian Anderson
  5. DH Garrett Cooper
  6. 2B Jazz Chisholm
  7. SS Miguel Rojas
  8. CF Magneuris Sierra
  9. C Chad Wallach

RHP Sixto Sanchez