The excitement level was ratcheted down quite a bit Saturday, unless you were a fan of one of the winning teams. The Brewers won when the Diamondbacks failed to intentionally walk Prince Fielder -- kind of a no-brainer -- who then slammed a massive home run that put the game away, though Arizona was having trouble getting men on base anyway. Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez smacked home runs and the Phillies blew out the Cardinals in a game that wasn't as close as the 11-6 score. And Robinson Cano had a career type day with a grand slam and six RBI as the Yankees smashed the Tigers 9-3.
And this is supposed to be an era, and a playoff, where pitchers dominate.
Three games take place today, after which all four series will have two games completed. Details and TV schedule after the jump.
All TV games for the division series are on TBS unless otherwise noted.
2 pm CDT for Yankees/Tigers; Yankees lead the series 1-0. Brian Anderson (play-by-play) will call the game alongside Ron Darling (analyst) and John Smoltz (analyst) with Tom Verducci as a reporter. This game is on TNT.
7:30 pm CDT for Cardinals/Phillies. Philadelphia leads the series 1-0. Dick Stockton (play-by-play) will call the game alongside Bob Brenly (analyst) with Craig Sager as a reporter. Well, at least this game will have one good commentator.
MLB.com Gameday for Yankees/Tigers
MLB.com Gameday for Diamondbacks/Brewers
MLB.com Gameday for Cardinals/Phillies
Baseball-reference.com game preview for Yankees/Tigers
Baseball-reference.com game preview for Diamondbacks/Brewers
Baseball-reference.com game preview for Cardinals/Phillies
SB Nation game preview for Yankees/Tigers
SB Nation game preview for Diamondbacks/Brewers
SB Nation game preview for Cardinals/Phillies
This is the only thread I'm posting for today's games. If you need overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.
Discuss amongst yourselves.