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MLB Playoff Schedule 2013: Viewing Info for Wild Card and Division Series Games

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 24:  Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds swings at a pitch in the 3rd inning against the New York Mets at Great American Ball Park on September 24, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2013

The 2013 MLB playoffs have arrived.

Six months of non-stop baseball have led us to the postseason, but not before we get a one-game play-in to determine who moves on to the next one-game play-in.

It's September/October Madness!

Here's all the pertinent viewing information you need leading up to the postseason, which will feature a batch of evenly matched teams vying for the World Series crown.

 

*Watch postseason baseball live on TBS.com or your mobile device.

 

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers 

Sep 30, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA;  Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (17) watches batting practice before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

After 162 games, these two American League squads hit a stalemate at 91-71. To settle the score, they'll play one more game to determine who faces the Cleveland Indians in the winner-take-all play-in game.

Former Cy Young winner David Price will take the ball for Tampa Bay against rookie Martin Perez, who has registered a 3.55 ERA for Texas this season.

According to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi, Nelson Cruz will return from his 50-game suspension to start for the Rangers tonight in their must-win game. 

Cruz's return is sure to be a huge storyline for this all-important matchup.

 

AL Wild Card Game: Rays/Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians

Winners of their last 10 games, the Indians stormed down the final stretch to secure one of two AL Wild Card berths. The entire rotation took advantage of a friendly September schedule, but manager Terry Francona will hand the ball to rookie Danny Salazar, who posted a 3.12 ERA, 65 strikeouts and 15 walks through 52 innings this year.

 

NL Wild Card Game: Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Sep 25, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (47) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates earned their first postseason bid since 1992, but it could be over after one day if they fall to the Cincinnati Reds. Francisco Liriano, who has been revitalized this season with a 3.02 ERA and 9.11 K/9 ratio, will look to neutralize lefties Joey Votto, Shin-Soo Choo and Jay Bruce.

Meanwhile, Dusty Baker is starting Johnny Cueto, who has only made 11 starts in an injury-riddled season, instead of budding ace Homer Bailey.

 

ALDS: AL Wild Card Winner vs. Boston Red Sox

A year removed from finishing last in the AL East at 69-90, the Boston Red Sox went 97-65, producing baseball's best run differential at plus-197. Free-agent signings Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino have paid massive dividends while John Lackey has found a second life.

 

ALDS: Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics

Sep 27, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) hits an RBI-fielder's choice against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Guess which third baseman in this series has the higher WAR, according to FanGraphs

That's right, it's Josh Donaldson. Embodying the spirit of Oakland's no-name achievers, Donaldson hit .301/.384/.499 with 24 homers. They don't have name-brand talent like Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, but the A's scored just 29 fewer runs than the Tigers this year.

Then again, they don't have aces Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez. 

 

NLDS: Pirates/Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals

The winner of the NL Wild Card clash will face the NL Central winner. The St. Louis Cardinals finished with the NL's best record with the help of Matt Carpenter's 126 runs and Adam Wainwright's 1.30 BB/9 rate. Matt Holliday enters the playoffs with a scorching bat, hitting .348/.442/.552 after the All-Star break.

 

NLDS: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves

Sep 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA;   Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda presents the Roy Campanella award to pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) before the game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

This series is all about pitching.

Atlanta enters the postseason with an MLB-best 3.18 team ERA, but Los Angeles rates second with a 3.25 mark. The Dodgers have been baseball's hottest squad since calling up rookie Yasiel Puig and getting healthy returns from both Puig and Hanley Ramirez. The Braves must rely on a young pitching staff led by Mike Minor, Julio Teheran and Kris Medlen.   

 

*According to MLB.com: "TBS will air three of the four Division Series games on Friday, October 4 and up to three games on Monday, October 7. MLB Network will air one Division Series game on both of those dates. TBS will air 18 of the 20 Division Series games."

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