Through Friday’s action in the four MLB division series, everything is more or less going according to script (if we had such a thing).
The favored Astros have won two straight over the White Sox, and the Brewers and Giants won their series openers at home.
The only “surprise,” if you can call it that, was the Red Sox’ blowout of the Rays in their Game 2 Friday evening. The Rays are favored to win that series, though it isn’t terribly surprising that Boston won a game. What was a bit shocking was Boston’s home run display — they hit five home runs in a 14-6 victory. That’s just one short of the MLB record for home runs by one team in a postseason game, which you certainly remember well — the Cubs set it October 12, 2015 in Game 3 of their division series against the Cardinals.
Despite the Rays’ loss Friday, most fans surveyed in the most recent SB Nation Reacts questionnaire think they will win their series:
And in that same SB Nation Reacts survey, most of those voting are rooting for the Rays to win the World Series:
The other three teams involved in the division series received these vote percentages:
Los Angeles Dodgers 8 percent
Houston Astros 6 percent
Boston Red Sox 5 percent
Today’s division series games begin at 4:07 p.m. CT (Braves/Brewers) and 8:07 p.m. CT (Dodgers/Giants). A game thread for both games will post here at 3 p.m. CT.