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MLB Playoff Bracket 2013: Breaking Down Updated National League Divisional Round

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MLB Playoff Bracket 2013: Breaking Down Updated National League Divisional Round
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After watching the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Wild Card Game Tuesday night, the focus of the 2013 MLB playoffs has shifted to the divisional round.

There are two marquee matchups on tap for the NLDS. The Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Atlanta Braves, and Pittsburgh advances to face the St. Louis Cardinals.

With so much at stake, there's sure to be a ton of great baseball ahead. Let's break down the matchups.

 

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves

The Dodgers and Braves are two of the hardest teams in baseball to decipher. Both are capable of being the best in the league at times, but both have also shown this season that they can under-perform at times.

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Los Angeles has the biggest advantage in the pitching department. With an ace like Clayton Kershaw (16 wins, a 1.83 ERA and 232 strikeouts) and a No. 2 like Zack Greinke (15 wins, a 2.63 ERA and 148 strikeouts), there is no better starting tandem in baseball right now.

Led by veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers' offense (sixth-ranked team batting average and ninth-ranked on-base percentage) will push Atlanta to its limit. The Braves will be ready, though.

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While Atlanta doesn’t have a prototypical ace, Kris Medlen has emerged as the star of the staff and will take the ball in Game 1. Add in a strong rotation—Mike Minor, Julio Teheran and Paul Maholm all have at least 10 wins—and the Braves pose a legitimate threat.

They'll lean on Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton and Brian McCann to try to neutralize LA's strong pitching. MLB on Twitter also reported on Wednesday that Dan Uggla has been left of the roster for this series.

Atlanta struggled offensively this season (20th-ranked team batting average and 13th in both runs and on-base percentage), but with a shutdown bullpen full of talented stars (top-ranked 2.46 bullpen ERA), the Braves will hope to do enough at the plate and outpitch the Dodgers.

Series Prediction: Atlanta wins 3- 2

 

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals

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The Pirates are the ultimate underdog franchise coming into this postseason, and their meeting with the Cardinals could breed the most entertaining series of the divisional round.

These Central Division rivals have met 19 times this season (Pittsburgh won 10 and St. Louis nine) and have become very familiar with each other. With a near even split in the regular season, this divisional series has all the earmarks of an instant classic.

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The teams met four times in September, and the Cardinals took the victory in each of those games by a combined score of 33-12. While pitching will be important (the Pirates have the third-best ERA in baseball and St. Louis is fifth), this series will come down to timely scoring and consistent offense.

Pittsburgh has bona fide offensive stars like Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez, but the team overall has been lackluster offensively, ranking in the bottom half of the league in runs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

That’s where St. Louis will separate itself.

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The Cardinals have been a well-oiled offensive machine this season and the contributions are coming from everywhere. With the club ranked third in runs, fourth in batting average and third in on-base percentage, St. Louis has far more offensive firepower than the Pirates.

Pittsburgh and the Cardinals are well matched in pitching, but the offensive disparity will be the deciding factor.

Series Prediction: St. Louis wins 3-1

 

Full 2013 MLB Playoff Bracket, Schedule and Viewing Information

Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV Streaming
AL Wild Card Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians Wed, Oct 2 8 p.m. TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com 
AL Wild Card

 

Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV Streaming
Game 1 Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals Thu, Oct 3 5 p.m. TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com 
Game 2 Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals Fri, Oct 4 1 p.m. MLBN Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 3 St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates Sun, Oct 6 TBD TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 4* St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates Mon, Oct 7 TBD TBS or MLBN*** Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 5* Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals Wed, Oct 9 TBD TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
NLDS A

 

Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV Streaming
Game 1 Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves Thu, Oct 3 8:30 p.m. TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 2 Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves Fri, Oct 4 6 p.m. TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 3 Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers Sun, Oct 6 TBD TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 4* Atlanta Braves @ Los Angeles Dodgers Mon, Oct 7 TBD TBS or MLBN*** Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 5* Los Angeles Dodgers @ Atlanta Braves Wed, Oct 9 TBD TBS  
NLDS B

 

Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV Streaming
Game 1 AL Wild Card at Boston Red Sox Fri, Oct 4 3 p.m. TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 2 AL Wild Card at Boston Red Sox Sat, Oct 5 5:30 p.m. TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 3 Boston Red Sox at AL Wild Card Mon, Oct 7 TBD TBS or MLBN*** Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 4* Boston Red Sox at AL Wild Card Tue, Oct 8 TBD TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 5* AL Wild Card at Boston Red Sox Thu, Oct 10 TBD TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
ALDS A

 

Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV Streaming
Game 1 Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics Fri, Oct 4 9:30 p.m. TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 2 Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics Sat, Oct 5 9 p.m. TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 3 Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers Mon, Oct 7 TBD TBS or MLBN*** Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 4* Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers Tue, Oct 8 TBD TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 5* Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics Thu, Oct 10 TBD TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
ALDS B

 

Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV Streaming
Game 1 TBD at TBD Fri, Oct 11 TBD TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 2 TBD at TBD Sat, Oct 12 TBD TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 3 TBD at TBD Mon, Oct 14 TBD TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 4 TBD at TBD Tue, Oct 15 TBD TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 5* TBD at TBD Wed, Oct 16 TBD TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 6* TBD at TBD Fri, Oct 18 TBD TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 7* TBD at TBD Sat, Oct 19 TBD TBS Postseason.TVTBS.com
NLCS

 

Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV Streaming
Game 1 TBD at TBD Sat, Oct 12 TBD Fox Postseason.TV
Game 2 TBD at TBD Sun, Oct 13 TBD Fox Postseason.TV
Game 3 TBD at TBD Tue, Oct 15 TBD Fox Postseason.TV
Game 4 TBD at TBD Wed, Oct 16 TBD Fox Postseason.TV
Game 5* TBD at TBD Thu, Oct 17 TBD Fox Postseason.TV
Game 6* TBD at TBD Sat, Oct 19 TBD Fox Postseason.TV
Game 7* TBD at TBD Sun, Oct 20 TBD Fox Postseason.TV 
ALCS

 

Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV Streaming
Game 1 NL Champion at AL Champion Wed, Oct 23 TBD Fox Postseason.TV
Game 2 NL Champion at AL Champion Thu, Oct 24 TBD Fox Postseason.TV
Game 3 AL Champion at NL Champion Sat, Oct 26 TBD Fox Postseason.TV
Game 4 AL Champion at NL Champion Sun, Oct 27 TBD Fox Postseason.TV
Game 5* AL Champion at NL Champion Mon, Oct 28 TBD Fox Postseason.TV
Game 6* NL Champion at AL Champion Wed, Oct 30 TBD Fox Postseason.TV
Game 7* NL Champion at AL Champion Thu, Oct 31 TBD Fox Postseason.TV
World Series
* If necessary

*** "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" (via MLB.com).

 

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