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Playoff Gameday Thread, #5: National League Day

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The American League teams are traveling, with Kansas City and Baltimore both in possession of commanding 2-0 leads in their best of five series. So, today, it's all the senior circuit in action.

Stephen Dunn

2:37pm Arizona time, Fox Sports 1: Giants lead 1-0

Tim Hudson
RHP, 0-0, N/A
Jordan Zimmermann
RHP, 0-0, N/A
Gregor Blanco - CF Denard Span - CF
Joe Panik - 2B Anthony Rendon - 3B
Buster Posey - C Jayson Werth - RF
Pablo Sandoval - 3B Adam LaRoche - 1B
Hunter Pence - RF Ian Desmond - SS
Brandon Belt - 1B Bryce Harper - LF
Brandon Crawford - SS Wilson Ramos - C
Travis Ishikawa - LF Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B
Tim Hudson - RHP Jordan Zimmermann - RHP

6:37pm Arizona time, MLB Network: Cardinals lead 1-0

Lance Lynn
RHP, 0-0, N/A
Zack Greinke
RHP, 0-0, N/A
Matt Carpenter - 3B Dee Gordon - 2B
Jon Jay - CF Yasiel Puig - CF
Matt Holliday - LF Adrian Gonzalez - 1B
Matt Adams - 1B Matt Kemp - RF
Jhonny Peralta - SS Hanley Ramirez - SS
Yadier Molina - C Carl Crawford - LF
Kolten Wong - 2B Juan Uribe - 3B
Randal Grichuk - RF A.J. Ellis - C
Lance Lynn - RHP Zack Greinke - RHP

A good day for the road teams on the opening day of the National League Division Series, with both the Giants and Cardinals scratching out one-run victories to draw first blood and, effectively, take home-field advantage in their match-ups. They were quite contrasting games however: one totaled five runs of offense, the other 19, even though San Francisco actually had more hits in scoring their three runs, than St. Louis did in scoring ten times. Both teams can now drop the hammer on the opposition with a win this afternoon,

I'd give the Nationals the edge in their pitching match-up, because Hudson has been a good deal less consistent than Zimmermann. Hudson's median Game Score is 54, Zimmermann's is 59.5. The Cardinals/Dodgers match-up should be closer. Despite a slightly-higher ERA in the season Greinke has a better median Game Score, albeit by a smaller margin, 59.5 to 57. However, the Dodgers may be shell-shocked after last night's defeat: beating the near-certain Cy Young winner will certainly have given the Cardinals a psychological boost, and hopefully it's something they can build upon, and join the Royals in taking a two-game lead back home with them tonight.