The Major League Baseball division series have already featured some exciting postseason action, but there's at least one game remaining in each series. The National League series have been a bit more competitive than the American League, but there’s a long way to go on both sides.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to catch any of national pastime’s second season, it’s not too late to partake in the action. Here’s a breakdown of the television schedule for the rest of both division series.
Players Who Have Shined Early in the Postseason
Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cardinals have traded blowout wins in their NLDS. The Cards hammered the Pirates 9-1 in the series opener. The Bucs returned the favor with a 7-1 lashing in Game 2. The one constant in this series has been the play of Molina.
Through two games, Molina is hitting .428 with a home run. His dinger in Game 2 was the Cardinals’ only run. St. Louis will need its catcher to continue to provide protection in the lineup for Matt Adams and Matt Holliday if it hopes to beat Pittsburgh.
Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers
The Atlanta Braves and Dodgers have split the first two games as well. Ramirez has done his part to fill the void left by injured star Matt Kemp. In the Dodgers’ 6-1 Game 1 win, Ramirez drove in a run with a sixth-inning double.
In Game 2, he was the Dodgers’ entire offense. He’s made a habit of plating Mark Ellis this series. Ellis scored ahead of Ramirez’s double in Game 1. He also scored on the shortstop's double in Game 2 and on an eighth-inning home run that brought the Dodgers within a run.
L.A. couldn’t lock the game up, but Ramirez has been on fire early on. If he can continue to provide pop out of the three-hole, the Dodgers shouldn’t have any issue scoring runs.
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