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Playoff Gameday Thread #15: Championship series double-header

The Yankees look to build on yesterday and level the series, while the Cubs seek to start their own comeback.

Divisional Round - Washington Nationals v Chicago Cubs - Game Four Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

2:08 pm: Houston Astros @ New York Yankees (Astros 2-1)

Lance McCullers (RHP, 7-4, 4.25) vs. Sonny Gray (RHP, 10-12, 3.55). If the top of the rotations here appear strongly to favor Houston, with Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander getting it done, the back ends do appear to tilt towards New York. C.C. Sabathia certainly gave the Yankees cause for hope, helping take a shutout into the ninth ining, as New York crushed Houston 8-1. Our old friend, former Diamondback Will Harris gave up a three-run homer to Aaron Judge there. If today’s game goes anything like yesterday’s, this series will suddenly become a best of three. Though with Keuchel and Verlander waiting, I’d still be betting on the Astros.

5:08 pm: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs (Dodgers 2-0)

Yu Darvish (RHP, 10-12, 3.86) vs. Kyle Hendricks (RHP, 7-5, 3.03). Having suffered comeback losses in both the first two games of this series, the Cubs will try to get on the board at home in Chicago. They’ll need to get their offense working, having managed only seven hits in Los Angeles, which gives them a .117 average. Basically, the entire Cubs roster has hit like a bunch of pitchers in the first two games, with an OPS of just .375. All of a sudden, the D-backs performance at the plate in the Division Series doesn’t seem so bad after all...