It's another afternoon/evening pair of games in the league championship series today, only flipped -- the NLCS will be played in the afternoon, the ALCS at night. This will mean that for one of the rare times during this postseason, shadows should not be a factor for the day game, as it will start in Los Angeles at 1 p.m. local time. No problems with lights, as there were in Detroit Tuesday afternoon/evening.
The NLCS game features a rematch of Game 1 starters; that worked out well enough for the Dodgers for the first nine innings, as Zack Greinke outpitched Joe Kelly. He'll have to do that again to keep LA's hopes alive, and even if they win this one, they'll have to win a pair in St. Louis to then win the series. This has been done before, but it won't be easy.
The Tigers will look to even up the ALCS with Doug Fister, who is throwing on seven days' rest. So is Jake Peavy, Boston's starter. This has been a very low-scoring series, even with the Red Sox' outburst in the late innings of Game 2; we've already had two 1-0 games. Could this be the one where the offenses get untracked? It will be a chilly night in Detroit, with temperatures in the low 50s. Will that make a difference?
In case you couldn't tell by the photo at the top of this post, I'm rooting for the Tigers. If they don't make it, I'll be forced to root for Boston in the World Series, if they wind up facing the Cardinals. So it goes.
Dodgers/Cardinals game time: 3 p.m. CT. TV: TBS. Announcers: Ernie Johnson, Cal Ripken, Ron Darling, Craig Sager.
Red Sox/Tigers game time: 7 p.m. CT. TV: Fox. Announcers: Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, Ken Rosenthal, Erin Andrews.
Cardinals/Dodgers pitching matchup:
|2013 - Joe Kelly||10-5||40||15||0||0||0||1||124.0||124||42||37||10||44||79||2.69||1.35|
|2013 - Zack Greinke||15-4||29||28||1||1||0||0||177.2||152||54||52||13||46||148||2.63||1.11|
Red Sox/Tigers pitching matchup:
|2013 - Jake Peavy||4-1||10||10||1||0||0||0||64.2||56||29||29||6||19||45||4.04||1.16|
|2013 - Doug Fister||14-9||33||32||1||0||0||0||208.2||229||91||85||14||44||159||3.67||1.31|
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.