Major League Baseball Playoff Preview
It’s October, and that means it’s time for the boys of summer to take on the playoffs of the fall! Baseball fans live through a long summer schedule for this time of year, and the interest is high to see who can take it all the way home. Here’s what to watch for as the MLB playoffs get underway.
To nobody’s surprise, the Milwaukee Brewers handled the Colorado Rockies in three straight games to be the first team to make it into the National League Championship Series (NLCS). The Brewers got strong performances from their pitching staff on their way to the sweep, and they enter the NLCS riding an 11-game winning streak.
The sweep means that manager Craig Counsell’s pitching staff can rest their arms as they await the Los Angeles Dodgers series for a game that will be played on Friday. The pitching staff was strong against the Rockies, tossing scoreless innings in 27 of the 28 the teams played. It’s fair to say the Brewers dominated, winning 3-2 in 10 innings, 4-0 and 6-0.
On the other side of the National League, the Dodgers are looking at their third trip back to the NLCS in as many years after taking care of the Braves 3-1 in the best of five series. This Dodgers team has a lot of playoff experience, and they are approaching the series with the Brewers as all business.
Over in the American League, traditionalists and television executives alike had their wish come true when the New York Yankees beat the Oakland A’s in the Wild Card game to move on to a Yankees/Boston Red Sox ALDS — after all, New York and Boston have one of the most heated rivalries in sports. The series got off to a 2-1 start with the Yankees winning the second game in Fenway thanks to three home runs.
But Boston erupted when the Sox drubbed the Yankees in game three, and put it away in game four, winning 4-3. They held off a ninth inning rally by the Yankees to win the series and move on to the ALCS. The last time these two teams met in the playoffs in Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox dispatched the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS on their way to winning the World Series.
In the other series, the Houston Astros swept the Indians in commanding fashion and will face the Red Sox in their quest to defend their World Series title. The Astros outscored Cleveland 21-6 in the series and the pitching staff held the Indians offense to a .144 batting average. The sweep allows the Astros to rest their pitching staff as they look ahead to game one at Fenway.
Here's the MLB playoff schedule. Tune in to watch these match-ups, and then watch the World Series, as the exciting season wraps up! And don’t forget to catch all the baseball action with MLB Extra Innings on Xfinity.NLCS Schedule:
Friday, Oct. 12 – Dodgers at Brewers – FOX or FS1
Saturday, Oct. 13 – Dodgers at Brewers – FOX or FS1
Monday, Oct. 15 – Brewers at Dodgers – FOX or FS1
Tuesday, Oct. 16 – Brewers at Dodgers – FOX or FS1
Wednesday, Oct. 17 – Brewers at Dodgers* – FOX or FS1
Friday, Oct. 19 – Dodgers at Brewers* – FOX or FS1
Saturday, Oct. 20 – Dodgers at Brewers* – FOX or FS1
Saturday, Oct. 13 – Astros at Red Sox – TBS
Sunday, Oct. 14 – Astros at Red Sox – TBS
Tuesday, Oct. 16 – Red Sox at Astros – TBS
Wednesday, Oct. 17 – Red Sox at Astros – TBS
Thursday, Oct. 18 – Red Sox at Astros* – TBS
Saturday, Oct. 20 – Astros at Red Sox* – TBS
Sunday, Oct. 21 – Astros at Red Sox* – TBS
World Series Schedule:
Tuesday, Oct. 23 – Game 1 – FOX
Wednesday, Oct. 24 – Game 2 – FOX
Friday, Oct. 26 – Game 3 – FOX
Saturday, Oct. 27 – Game 4 – FOX
Sunday, Oct. 28 – Game 5* – FOX
Tuesday, Oct. 30 – Game 6* – FOX
Wednesday, Oct. 31 – Game 7* – FOX