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Snake Bytes 10/11: On to the NLCS!

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The Astros’ Game 5 victory last night finished off the LDS potion of the playoffs, so now we can move on to the League Championship Series!

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(Arizona Sports) D-backs prospect Daulton Varsho selected for USA Baseball tournament

USA Baseball announced its 28-man roster on Thursday that will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico for the World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier12 tournament. The Arizona Diamondbacks’ No. 5 prospect Daulton Varsho is among the players to make the list.

ALDS News

(Yahoo! Sports) Dominant and industrious, Gerrit Cole and the Astros find the edge in ALDS Game 5

“When we have Gerrit Cole on the mound, we win,” Hinch said postgame. It’s a streak that could come to an end as the Astros face increasingly talented teams this October, but for months, it really has been that simple. Cole hasn’t lost a decision since May. Including Thursday night, the Astros have won his last 15 starts. Winning: it’s just what he does.

(CBS Sports) Rays’ successful season ends with ALDS fight, but reality is about to set in this offseason

Now, the reality of their market situation sets in. Looking at their salaries and contracts page, something really jumps out. Due to some arbitration raises, the Rays’ estimated opening day payroll with this roster is over $90 million. The Rays have never had an opening day payroll of higher than $76.87 million (2014). They opened this season at just a touch over $60 million.

NLCS News

(Federal Baseball) Washington Nationals name Aníbal Sánchez Game 1 starter for NLCS matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals

Aníbal Sánchez put together a solid start, striking out nine of the 21 batters he faced in five innings of work against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS, a 10-4 loss in D.C. in which he received no decision. Sánchez gave up four hits, two walks, and one run while on the mound.

(MLB.com) Who has edge? Nats-Cards position by position

You may not have expected these teams to reach the NLCS -- or for them to have made it to this point in the way they did -- but here they are, and it makes for a surprisingly even pairing and a possibly very entertaining series. Who has the edge? Let’s go through each position to find out.