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Post-season Gameday Thread, #16: Rain, rain go away...

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After a postponement due to the weather, the ALCS resumes in New York

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

5:08 pm - Astros @ Yankees (2-1)

Today's Lineups

ASTROS YANKEES
George Springer - CF DJ LeMahieu - 1B
Jose Altuve - 2B Aaron Judge - RF
Michael Brantley - LF Aaron Hicks - CF
Alex Bregman - 3B Gleyber Torres - 2B
Yuli Gurriel - 1B Edwin Encarnacion - DH
Yordan Alvarez - DH Brett Gardner - LF
Carlos Correa - SS Gary Sanchez - C
Robinson Chirinos - C Gio Urshela - 3B
Josh Reddick - RF Didi Gregorius - SS

While Houston and New York continue to battle for the American League pennant, at least through Friday night, the Nationals are sitting around, waiting. For they clinched the National League title, by completing the sweep of the hapless Cardinals on Tuesday, and now have a full seven days off before Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. The bad news is, dominating your Championship Series might be the worst possible result. For below are the teams to have done so since the CS went to a best-of-seven game format in 1985, along with how they did after sitting around, waiting for the World Series:

Ouch. That’s one World Series win in eight Championship Series sweeps, with a combined record of just 10-30. Six of the eight series were lost in five or fewer games. It definitely appears the case that rest is perhaps the last thing you need. Arizona fans will, in particular, remember the 2007 edition, where “Rocktober” rolled imperiously through Phoenix, before meeting an embarrassing end at the hands of Boston, the Rockies being outscored 29-10 over the four-game sweep. It was never going to be easy for Washington, regardless of their opponent. But the enforced layoff could be far more of a problem than a benefit.