For the next eight days, baseball fans will be treated to a near nonstop barrage of postseason action. Beginning Monday night in Texas, there will be postseason baseball every night up until Oct. 7.
The network to that will carry most of the action is TBS. Every single game in the major league baseball postseason will be broadcast by the network up until the American League Championship series. Fox will carry the ALCS and the World Series.
|AL Tiebreaker||Tampa Bay at Texas||Mon, Sept. 30||8:00 PM||TBS|
|NL Wild Card||Cincinnati at Pittsburgh||Tue, Oct. 1||8:00 PM||TBS|
|AL Wild Card||AL Wild Card at Cleveland||Wed, Oct 2||8:00 PM||TBS|
|NLDS A Game 1||NL Wild Card at St. Louis||Thu, Oct 3||TBD||TBS|
|NLDS A Game 2||NL Wild Card at St. Louis||Fri, Oct 4||TBD||TBS or MLBN|
|NLDS A Game 3||St. Louis at NL Wild Card||Sun, Oct 6||TBD||TBS|
|NLDS A Game 4*||St. Louis at NL Wild Card||Mon, Oct 7||TBD||TBS or MLBN|
|NLDS A Game 5*||NL Wild Card at St. Louis||Wed, Oct 9||TBD||TBS|
|NLDS B Game 1||Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta||Thu, Oct 3||TBD||TBS|
|NLDS B Game 2||Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta||Fri, Oct 4||TBD||TBS or MLBN|
|NLDS B Game 3||Atlanta at Los Angeles Dodgers||Sun, Oct 6||TBD||TBS|
|NLDS B Game 4*||Atlanta at Los Angeles Dodgers||Mon, Oct 7||TBD||TBS or MLBN|
|NLDS B Game 5*||Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta||Wed, Oct 9||TBD||TBS|
|ALDS A Game 1||AL Wild Card at Boston||Fri, Oct 4||TBD||TBS or MLBN|
|ALDS A Game 2||AL Wild Card at Boston||Sat, Oct 5||TBD||TBS|
|ALDS A Game 3||Boston at AL Wild Card||Mon, Oct 7||TBD||TBS or MLBN|
|ALDS A Game 4*||Boston at AL Wild Card||Tue, Oct 8||TBD||TBS|
|ALDS A Game 5*||AL Wild Card at Boston||Thu, Oct 10||TBD||TBS|
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Each team heads into the playoffs with its own separate challenges and qualities. Here's a look at a few noteworthy facts about the group with their eyes set on the Fall Classic.
The Hottest Team Heading into the Postseason
Having finished the season on a 10-game win streak, no team is hotter than the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe took all the drama out of their involvement in the postseason by sweeping the Minnesota Twins in the final series of the year. Their play on the final weekend wrapped up the top spot in the AL Wild Card Game.
They haven't just won 10 in a row; Cleveland has also taken 15 of its last 17 games. The Indians' pitching has been the biggest reason for their success. In 10 of those 17 games, they have held their opponents to two runs or fewer.
No one wants to play Cleveland right now.
The Coldest Team Heading into the Postseason
If the season was 165 games long, the Indians probably would have caught the Detroit Tigers and won the AL Central. As it is, the Tribe finished just one game behind the Tigers, who lost their last three games.
Detroit lost five of its last seven games to finish the season. Consistent offense has been the issue in Motown. In that seven-game stretch, the Tigers have scored more than three runs only once. The lowly Miami Marlins held them to just three runs in the final series, and Henderson Alvarez no-hit them in the season finale on Sunday.
Heading into a series with the pitching-rich Oakland Athletics, the Tigers better find their hitting eyes soon.
While I touted the A's pitching prowess, their bats have been just as effective this season. Of all the teams in the postseason, no club has hit more home runs. In total, Oakland has clubbed 186 long balls this season. That number is even more impressive considering the A's play in the cavernous O.co Coliseum.
Per ESPN, the A's home park is the 25th-toughest ballpark to homer in. Even in a less-than ideal hitter's park, Oakland has four players with at least 22 home runs, led by Brandon Moss' 30.
This is a bit of a toss=up. The Tigers led the majors in quality starts with 107 and the Atlanta Braves were just behind them with 102. That said, the Los Angeles Dodgers had a staggering 22 shutouts this season.
That is a pretty astonishing feat for a rotation even when you consider the fact that Kenley Jansen and Co. came in to finish up a few of those games. Because of their ability to be simply dominant, I'd give the edge to the Dodgers here.
Clayton Kershaw, Zach Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu are the best threesome in the majors.
Aroldis Chapman and Sam LeCure have been a solid one-two punch for the Reds, but the numbers indicate say the Texas Rangers' bullpen has been the best this season. Joe Nathan has been filthy all year. He has 43 saves and an ERA of 1.39.
The Tigers' Max Scherzer will probably win the Cy Young, but Nathan has made a strong case for himself.
Tanner Scheppers has 27 holds and an ERA of 1.90. This duo is a big reason why the Rangers blew a league-low 10 saves in 2013 and had the highest save percentage in the majors at 82 percent.
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