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The Braves are smelling upset, and the Red Sox seemingly cannot be stopped. Can the Dodgers claw back? Can the Astros respond?

Boston Red Sox vs Houston Astros Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald

If you don’t like the Red Sox — and chances are, if you’re a frequent visitor to Camden Chat, you don’t — then you really don’t like how this ALCS is playing out.

Meanwhile, if you don’t like the Dodgers, but like the Braves or just like seeing the underdog have his day, then the NLCS has been the series for you.

Both series are in action today. Here’s the schedule:

  • Braves at Dodgers, 5:08, TBS. Atlanta leads, 2-0
  • Astros at Red Sox, 8:08, FS1. Boston leads, 2-1

Much like they did in 2013 and 2018, the Red Sox appear to be morphing into some postseason juggernaut, gaining strength with each playoff game like a hurricane does with each day over water.

What was once a petering out tropical storm that the Orioles were able to handle in the penultimate series of the season is now a raging Category 5. After dropping Game 1, Boston walloped Houston 9-5 in Game 2, then on Monday gained the upper hand in the series with a 12-3 win at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are batting .296 as a team with nine home runs in the three games, and they’ve become particularly fond of the grand slam.

Zack Greinke will try to lead the way as Houston attempts to both restore some balance to the series and guarantee that the ALCS will return to Minute Maid Park. Nick Pivetta will get the start for the Red Sox.

The Braves, who had 18 fewer wins than the Dodgers during the season, have nonetheless put the defending champions in a hole with a pair of nervy walk-off wins. Austin Riley had the game-winning single in the ninth in the 3-2 victory in Game 1, and Eddie Rosario did the honors with the winning hit in the ninth of the 5-4 win in Game 2, capping off a rally from a 4-2 eighth-inning deficit.

Charlie Morton will try to get Atlanta started and on its way to a commanding 3-0 lead, while Cy Young Award candidate Walker Buehler will get the ball for the Dodgers, who have led in both games thus far.

Here are the lineups for the early game:

Atlanta

1. Eddie Rosario LF

2. Freddie Freeman 1B

3. Ozzie Albies 2B

4. Austin Riley 3B

5. Joc Pederson RF

6. Adam Duvall CF

7. Travis d’Arnaud C

8. Dansby Swanson SS

9. Charlie Morton P

RHP Charlie Morton

Los Angeles

1. Mookie Betts RF

2. Corey Seager SS

3. Trea Turner 2B

4. Will Smith C

5. Justin Turner 3B

6. Gavin Lux CF

7. Cody Bellinger 1B

8. Chris Taylor LF

9. Walker Buehler P

RHP Walker Buehler