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The quartet of franchises remaining

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The quartet of franchises remaining

Post by laiyongcai92 » Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:12 pm

in the MLB postseason cruised into the league championship round.The Houston Astros http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authe ... vis-jersey , Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers lost a combined two games in the ALDS and NLDS to move one step closer to the World Series.Thanks to their dominant performances, each of the four teams enter the ALCS and NLCS with plenty of rest.The Dodgers and Brewers kick off the second round of the postseason Friday, while Houston and Boston begin their series at Fenway Park Saturday night. MLB Playoff ScheduleFriday, October 12NLCS Game 1:Los Angeles at Milwaukee (8:09 p.m., FS1) Saturday, October 13NLCS Game 2:Los Angeles at Milwaukee (4:09 p.m., Fox)ALCS Game 1:Houston at Boston (8:09 p.m., TBS) Sunday, October 14ALCS Game 2:Houston at Boston (7:09 p.m., TBS) Monday, October 15NLCS Game 3:Milwaukee at Los Angeles (Time TBD. Fox or FS1) Tuesday, October 16NLCS Game 4:Milwaukee at Los Angeles (Time TBD, Fox or FS1)ALCS Game 3:Boston at Houston (Time TBD, TBS) Wednesday, October 17NLCS Game 5:Milwaukee at Los Angeles (Time TBD, Fox or FS1)ALCS Game 4:Boston at Houston (Time TBD, TBS) Thursday, October 18ALCS Game 5:Boston at Houston (Time TBD http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authe ... day-jersey , TBS) Friday, October 19NLCS Game 6:Los Angeles at Milwaukee (Time TBD, Fox or FS1) Saturday, October 20NLCS Game 7:Los Angeles at Milwaukee (Time TBD, Fox or FS1)ALCS Game 6:Houston at Boston (Time TBD, TBS) Sunday, October 21ALCS Game 7:Houston at Boston (Time TBD, TBS)Games can be live-streamed on Watch TBS and Fox Sports Go. Bracket PredictionsMilwaukee over Los Angeles in 6It's hard to pick against the Milwaukee Brewers with the way they've been hitting the baseball.The Brewers hit four home runs and scored 13 runs in their dominant NLDS victory over the Colorado Rockies.Christian Yelich continued to make an impact at the plate, as he hit one home run and drove in two runs, and he also scored four runs over three games.Ryan Braun, Mike Moustakas and unexpected offensive threat Erik Kratz recorded the most hits on the Milwaukee roster in the NLDS, and the well-rounded lineup is expected to thrive in the NLCS.Joe Mahoney/Associated PressWhile the lineup received plenty of praise yet again, it was the Milwaukee pitching staff that made the biggest difference in the NLDS, as it struck out 30 batters and gave up two earned runs, both of which were conceded by Jeremy Jeffress.The Dodgers, who are back in the NLCS for the third consecutive season, faced more of a challenge from the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS, but they overpowered the NL East champion with their bats in Game 4.The key for the Dodgers will be to keep the Brewers' lineup off balance in the first two games in order to steal a game on the road.Hyun-Jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw combined for 15 scoreless innings in the first two games of the NLDS, but both of those contests were at Dodger Stadium.While the Dodgers appear to have the advantage in the rotation Dalton Pompey Jersey , the Brewers hold the edge in the bullpen thanks to the crew led by Josh Hader.No matter who is on the mound for either team, they're going to have to silence a collection of in-form hitters.Even though the Dodgers possess home-run hitters like Manny Machado and Max Muncy up and down their lineup, they're going to have to do damage against Milwaukee's starters to thrive in the series.Hader and Co. will be too tough to deal with out of the Milwaukee bullpen, and with the Brewers holding a close lead in Games 1 and 2, they'll be to shut the door on the Dodgers and create momentum in a tight series.Boston over Houston in 7The last defending World Series champion to make it back to the championship series a year later was the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008 and 2009.Houston is attempting to break the decade-long curse, but it'll struggle to put away the Red Sox over the course of seven games.The pitching matchups alone are worth the price of admission, as Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Dallas Keuchel, Chris Sale, David Price and Rick Porcello will be on display.Tim Warner/Getty ImagesWhile the majority of those pitchers mentioned above are expected to thrive in some capacity, Price is the biggest question mark on both rosters.Price once again struggled in a starting role in Game 2 of the ALDS against the New York Yankees, and he might be better suited in a relief role if he fails to produce a quality start in the front end of the ALCS.How each lineup adjusts to the quality of starters could be the ultimate difference maker, as the series should be decided by small margins.Houston had the better statistics in the ALDS, as it hit .327 as a team with eight home runs, while Boston posted a .279 average with four home runs.Despite the difference from the ALDS, the Red Sox will wake their bats up, with Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi both improving from the seven combined hits they recorded against the Yankees.Benefiting from the home-field advantage at Fenway Park in the first two games will provide a boost to Boston's power hitters, who won't slow down when they get to Minute Maid Park.Of course http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authe ... una-jersey , you could make the same argument about Houston's home-run hitters throughout the series.Since the margins will be so tight, the Red Sox and Astros will go the distance with Sale outlasting Verlander in a Game 7 that will go down as a classic.Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90.Statistics obtained from Baseball Reference. ATLANTA — The Phillies get the Braves in Philadelphia for three games to end the regular season, but it may not matter after the teams’ four-game series at SunTrust Park starting Thursday night.The Braves’ magic number to win the National League East is down to six and that means they can clinch before the Phillies leave Atlanta on Sunday.The Braves (84-68) snapped a four-game losing streak by beating St. Louis 7-3 on Wednesday to remain 5 1/2 games ahead of Philadelphia (78-73).Article continues below ...The Phillies are 6-11 in September, but won their second straight series Wednesday by beating the New York Mets 4-0.The Braves are only 10-8 this month despite a recent six-game winning streak, but first baseman Freddie Freeman appears to be out of his funk.Freeman had a second straight three-hit game against the Cardinals and blasted his 23rd homer while driving in three runs.Freeman was an NL MVP candidate before he hit .195 with one homer and a .584 OPS over a 22-game stretch from Aug. 16-Sept. 7. Now it looks like he could be a difference-maker again.The All-Star goes into the Philadelphia series batting .405 with two home runs and nine RBIs over his past 11 games.“I’ve been feeling better lately and hopefully I can continue that,” Freeman said.The Braves have had Vince Velasquez’s number and he will start the series opener for the Phillies, with Atlanta calling on fellow right-hander Kevin Gausman.Velasquez (9-11, 4.50 ERA) is 0-4 with a 7.41 ERA in four starts against the Braves this season and 0-5 with a 4.60 ERA in eight career outings.Velasquez also lasted only two innings in his most recent start Saturday against Miami and is 1-3 with a 7.52 ERA in his last seven outings.Gausman (10-10, 3.92 ERA) was acquired by the Braves from Baltimore at the end of July and is 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA in eight starts with his new team.Gausman’s only career outing against Philadelphia came July 12 while with the Orioles and he took a loss, allowing five runs and 12 hits in five innings.The Braves have won seven of the 12 games against the Phillies this season, going 4-2 at home and 3-3 on the road.Nine of the games came in April and the other three in May, meaning that this series in Atlanta and the one to end the regular season in Philadelphia have been pointed to for months.“We have a chance to control our own destiny,” Phillies left fielder Rhys Hoskins said after hitting his 32nd homer in the series finale against the Mets. “Win games and we’ve got a chance to be in the playoffs.”The Phillies may have fallen a little too far off the Braves’ pace, though.“I think what we need … to buy into is what we can control is our work right now,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “That is going to give us our best chance to stay in this as long as possible. … But I don’t think it makes a whole lot of sense to look too far out.”Philadelphia juggled its rotation a while ago to make sure that Cy Young Award candidate Aaron Nola was available to pitch this weekend and next. Former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta is also set to go for the Phillies.“It’s going to be a big series, a fun series,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “We’re getting all their top guys and we’re running our top guys at them.”