If you know what’s good for you, you just can’t get enough of this postseason. Boston responded to two straight blowouts from Houston with a blowout of their own to stop the sweep and keep the series at Fenway, the Yankees proved Andrew Miller is a human being, and the Dodgers are looking exactly like who we thought they were. Today’s games feature three series that could end, and an opportunity for either Chicago or Washington to take charge. Here are a few things to watch for in today’s action:
- Severino Looks for Redemption, Bauer Tries to Close Out New York
After tying the Yankee record for the shortest outing in postseason history, Yankees ace Luis Severino is looking to last more than 1/3 of an inning and keep the series alive against Cleveland. Masahiro Tanaka was able to quiet the Indian bats while he waited for run support, if Severino can do the same, his offense will have to negotiate Game 1 starter Trevor Bauer, who went 6 2/3 shutout innings against New York.
With as consistent as Cleveland has been on the mound, in the field, and at the plate, the odds are certainly not in New York’s favor.
- Boston Needs to Involve Crowd to Win
Apparently there were still tickets available for Games 3 and 4 in Fenway as of yesterday morning. If this doesn’t appall you, you don’t understand playoff sports. After rallying yesterday to take down the Astros after a deflating first inning, Red Sox fans have reason to party like it’s 2004. Between dreary weather, and a lack of home runs by their home squad, it can be tough for the Boston crowd to get animated, but they have to if their team is going to win. They only have two home games in this series, you have to make them count. With Justin Verlander on the mound, the Sox need all the help they can get.
- Cubs’ Quintana Makes Postseason Debut
Just one of a few key players to make their postseason debut, José Quintana will take the mound for the Cubs to try to take the lead against the Nationals. Unfortunately, Nats ace Max Scherzer will be the one hurling at the underwhelming Cubs batters this evening. This hasn’t been a stellar postseason for new pitchers, with aces Chris Sale and Luis Severino getting rocked in their Wild Card starts, but both guys had stellar bullpens and offenses behind them. With Scherzer on the mound and Bryce Harper with that look in his eye, Quintana may join the list of rough starts in the postseason.