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N.L.C.S. Game 4: Cardinals vs. Dodgers; A.L.C.S. Game 3: Tigers vs. Red Sox

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It's afternoon baseball on a weekday! We don't get this too often during the postseason, so enjoy!

Harry How

Day baseball is always fun, whether it's at Wrigley Field or another ballpark; I personally love watching baseball in sunshine (though today's game, at Comerica Park in Detroit, starting at 4 p.m. ET, will be played mostly in shadow).

Not only do we get day baseball today, but tomorrow as well; Wednesday's matchups will be flipped time-wise, with the N.L. game during the day (at 1 p.m. PT, so played mostly in sunshine) and the A.L. game at night.

The Tigers look to take a 2-1 series lead behind Justin Verlander, who has been outstanding in the postseason. The Dodgers are looking to tie the NLCS up and make it a best-of-three. Ricky Nolasco and Lance Lynn, whose numbers are shown below, had about the most identical seasons you could imagine; Lynn struck out more hitters and Nolasco walked fewer, otherwise they're pretty much the same.

Two baseball games! Have fun. And in case you missed the whole story about the Dodger Dancing Bear (shown above), Amanda Rykoff has the scoop (with photos and video).

Red Sox/Tigers game time: 3 p.m. CT. TV: Fox. Announcers: Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, Ken Rosenthal, Erin Andrews.

Dodgers/Cardinals game time: 7 p.m. CT. TV: TBS. Announcers: Ernie Johnson, Cal Ripken, Ron Darling, Craig Sager.

Red Sox/Tigers pitching matchup:


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - John Lackey 10-13 29 29 2 0 0 0 189.1 179 80 74 26 40 161 3.52 1.16


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Justin Verlander 13-12 34 34 0 0 0 0 218.1 212 94 84 19 75 217 3.46 1.31

Cardinals/Dodgers pitching matchup:


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Lance Lynn 15-10 33 33 0 0 0 0 201.2 189 92 89 14 76 198 3.97 1.31


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Ricky Nolasco 13-11 34 33 0 0 0 0 199.1 195 90 82 17 46 165 3.70 1.21

MLB.com Gameday for Dodgers/Cardinals

MLB.com Gameday for Tigers/Red Sox

Baseball-reference.com game preview for Dodgers/Cardinals

Baseball-reference.com game preview for Tigers/Red Sox

SB Nation game preview for Dodgers/Cardinals

SB Nation game preview for Tigers/Red Sox

SB Nation Cardinals site: Viva El Birdos

SB Nation Dodgers site: True Blue LA

SB Nation Tigers site: Bless You Boys

SB Nation Red Sox site: Over The Monster

This will serve as your one and only game thread for today's games. Enjoy, and discuss amongst yourselves.