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Playoff Gameday Thread #6: Elimination Day?

The ALDS could be over by the end of Sunday. And I wouldn’t mind a bit.

11:30 am: Houston Astros @ Boston Red Sox

Brad Peacock (13-2, 3.00) vs. Doug Fister (5-9, 4.88). The Astros have steam-rollered over the Red Sox in the first two games, outscoring their opponents by a 16-4 margin. They beat Chris Sale 8-2 in the opener, and then repeated the scoreline on Drew Pomeranz in Game 2. The series now moves to Boston, for the Peacock-Fister match-up we all want to see. Wait, what? Much like the D-backs, the Red Sox pitching has failed them to this point. But Boston haven’t been doing much at the plate either, with an OPS in the first two games of .566. Both will need to change if this is not to be the first Division Series in the books.

4:30 pm: Cleveland Indians @ New York Yankees

Carlos Carrasco (18-6, 3.29) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74). The Yankees also teeter on the edge of elimination, so all being well, the playoffs could be free of both them and the Red Sox by the end of the day. After being shutout in the opener, 4-0, the Yankees appeared to have leveled the series, with an 8-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth. But the Indians proved their mettle, powered by Francisco Lindor’s grand-slam, forcing extra innings and then getting a walk-off hit from Yan Gomes in the bottom of the 13th. I’m pretty sure that’s the first post-season walk-off by a Brazilian! Tanaka has been severely up and down all year: if it’s the latter here, it could be the end of the Yankees’ season.