All four division series are in action Friday, beginning at 11 a.m. CT and likely running until midnight. Baseball!
The A.L. division series had their first games Thursday; the Orioles/Tigers game was close until the eighth inning, when Detroit relievers had a meltdown worse than just about any Cubs bullpen failure I've ever seen -- eight runs. They'll have to do better today.
The Royals, who hit fewer home runs than any team in the major leagues this year (the only team to hit fewer than 100), won their first division series game ... of course, with a home run. Because baseball.
Weather should be good for all four games, with two of them in southern California and mild conditions (temperatures in the 70s) for the Baltimore and Washington areas, where both games should be completed before rain hits that area late in the evening.
Here are all the details you'll need for today's baseball-fest.
Tigers vs. Orioles, Game 2. Orioles lead the series 1-0. TV: TBS, game time 11 a.m. CT. Starting pitchers: Justin Verlander vs. Wei-Yin Chen. Announcers: , Dennis Eckersley, Joe Simpson and Jamie Maggio. ESPN Radio announcers: Chris Berman and Rick Sutcliffe.
Giants vs. Nationals, Game 1. TV: Fox Sports 1, game time 2 p.m. CT. Starting pitchers: Jake Peavy vs. Stephen Strasburg. Announcers: Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz and Jon Paul Morosi. ESPN Radio announcers; Dave O'Brien and John Kruk.
FWIW, Scott Hairston did not make the Nats' roster for this series... but Nate Schierholtz did.
Cardinals vs. Dodgers, Game 1. TV: Fox Sports 1, game time 5:30 p.m. CT. Starting pitchers: Adam Wainwright vs. Clayton Kershaw. Announcers: Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal. ESPN Radio announcers: Dan Shulman and Aaron Boone.
Royals vs. Angels, game 2. Royals lead the series 1-0. TV: TBS, game time 8:30 p.m. CT. Starting pitchers: Yordano Ventura vs. Matt Shoemaker. Announcers: Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling, Cal Ripken Jr. and Matt Winer. ESPN Radio announcers: Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton.
Something you should know about TV channels, just in case:
Fox spokesman confirms that if Nationals-Giants runs long on Fox Sports 1, Dodgers-Cardinals today would start on MLB Network & Fox Sports 2— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) October 3, 2014
This will be the only thread for today's four games. Enjoy, and discuss amongst yourselves.