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Playoff Gameday Thread, #12: Day of Champions

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Game 2, 12:37 pm FS1. Royals lead 1-0.
David Price
LHP, 18-5, 2.45
Yordano Ventura
RHP, 13-8, 4.08
Ben Revere - LF Alcides Escobar - SS
Josh Donaldson - 3B Ben Zobrist - 2B
Jose Bautista - RF Lorenzo Cain - CF
Edwin Encarnacion - DH Eric Hosmer - 1B
Chris Colabello - 1B Kendrys Morales - DH
Troy Tulowitzki - SS Mike Moustakas - 3B
Russell Martin - C Salvador Perez - C
Kevin Pillar - CF Alex Gordon - LF
Ryan Goins - 2B Alex Rios - RF

Yeah, guess who managed to space out the surprisingly early start to this one. I'll update this in a bit for the Mets-Cubs series. Should have a bit more for that. In the meantime, have a poll. Curious to see who the SnakePit is supporting in these series, now that we have eliminated both teams that most people love to hate, in the shape of the Dodgers and Yankees....

4:37pm, TBS. Game 1: Series tied 0-0
Jon Lester
LHP, 11-12, 3.34
Matt Harvey
RHP, 13-8, 2.71
Dexter Fowler - CF Curtis Granderson - RF
Kyle Schwarber - LF David Wright - 3B
Kris Bryant - 3B Daniel Murphy - 2B
Anthony Rizzo - 1B Yoenis Cespedes - LF
Starlin Castro - 2B Travis d'Arnaud - C
Jorge Soler - RF Michael Cuddyer - 1B
Javier Baez - SS Wilmer Flores - SS
David Ross - C Juan Lagares - CF
Jon Lester - LHP Matt Harvey - RHP

After the light drama of Game 2 in the ALCS, I have to say, I am a great deal more interested in this one. The Mets are my choice here, for a variety of reason: the first baseball game I ever saw "live" was at Shea Stadium, and it's also Mrs. SnakePit's pre-Diamondbacks' team, since she grew up in Quieens. Plus I have to confess, I actually kinda enjoy the whole "Curse of the Cubs" thing. It's probably best for their fans too, if you look at how insufferable the Red Sox fanbase became after they eventually ended their long drought. It may be better for the Cubs to remain as lovable losers, it being what has entirely defined them for as long as I've followed the game.

Should be a good pitching match-up this one, and the  Mets will want to get off on the right foot. A best of 7 series obviously has a bit more leeway than a best of five, but with Jake Arrieta [there's another name I always have trouble spelling - is it one r or two? One t or two?] looming on the horizon tomorrow, they probably would like to have an advantage going into that, even with Syndergaard ]one a or three?] on the mound for them. Looking forward to this game, and it should be an intense atmosphere in New York.