9:45am, MLB Network. Game 2: Texas leads 1-0
After losing their first play-off game in more than two decades, the Blue Jays seek to get back on track, kicking off this full day of baseball (for those who don't have regular employment, or have very relaxed employers, at least). In the curtain-jerker, we see a pair of first-round draft picks facing off, with veteran Hamels taking on relative n00b Stroman - although the latter had just turned eleven when Hamels was drafted by the Phillies in 2002, and was still a decade from his own selection! Due to an ACL issue, Stroman made only four starts this season, but went 4-0, so Toronto will be hoping he can bring that form into the post-season.
12:45pm, Fox Sports 1. Game 2: Houston leads 1-0
The Royals will seek to level their series up before hitting the road. It's a battle of trade deadline acquisitions, with both Kazmir and Cueto having been acquired mid-season, in order to help their team's go deep into October. Interesting for them to be facing off this afternoon in Kansas City, especially as neither were exactly the expected studs: Cueto had a 4.76 ERA for the Royals, and Kazmir 4.16 for the Astros, each over 13 starts for their new teams. This may be as close to a "must win" for Kansas City as any Game 2 ever. If they don't win this one, they need to go to Houston and beat Dallas Keuchel, who is 15-0 there this year...
3:45pm, TBS. Game 1: Series tied 0-0
The National League Division Series gets under way in St. Louis with the Cubs, having taken down the Pirates in the wild-card game, facing another member of the Tower of Power which was the National League Central this season. The Cardinals will be buoyed by the presence of Molina, even though he will be playing with a split on the thumb of his catching hand. Speaking of catchers, no Miggy for the Cubs, even though there's a right-handed starter on the mound, because Ross is Jon Lester's "personal catcher". And, going by his behavior in the wild-card game, team enforcer as well, when he choked Sean Rodriguez. Do not mess with Ross.
6:45pm, TBS. Game 1: Series tied 0-0
I trust I need not say any more for this one than: Let's Go, Mets!