Oct 03, 2011 in Sports/Entertainment. 0 Comment
The MLB playoffs began this weekend. The first round features four five-game divisional series, in which the first team to win three games advances. So far, the Diamondbacks, down 2-0 to the Brewers, are the only team facing elimination. The other three series are tied at one game each. By the end of this week, all four series will be over. Here’s a snapshot of where these series are right now and where they’re headed. All listed times are Pacific Standard Time.
Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees
This series features two teams that have been gearing up for the playoffs for over a month. The Yankees (and their $197 million payroll) are perennial favorites. The Tigers rank in the top five for nearly every major hitting category and have arguably the game’s best pitcher in Justin Verlander. Verlander is a lock for the Cy Young Award, and may very well become the first pitcher in twenty five years to win the Most Valuable Player Award. The teams have split the first two games, the first of which had to be replayed after a day-long rain delay. Now, the series heads back to Detroit for two games before finishing up in New York.
Game 3: Monday @ 5:30pm on TBS
Game 4: Tuesday @ 5:30pm on TBS
Game 5: Thursday @ 5:30pm on TBS
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers
The Tampa Bay Rays are still buzzing from their amazing comeback in the AL Wild Card race. But, the Rangers have the best hitting team in the majors and were able to stop some of Tampa’s momentum with a game two victory. Now, tied at one game each, the series is headed to Tampa Bay.
Game 3: Monday @ 2pm on TBS
Game 4: Tuesday @ 10am on TBS
Game 5: Thursday @ 2pm on TBS
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Milwaukee Brewers
The Diamondbacks quietly won 94 games this year with opportunistic hitting and a 21-win season from ace Ian Kennedy. However, they are down 2-0 to the hard-hitting Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers two top sluggers Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder each have a home run and three runs batted through the first two games of the series. Now, the Diamondbacks head home to stave off elimination.
Game 3: Tuesday @ 6:30pm on TNT
Game 4: Wednesday @ 6:30pm on TBS
Game 5: Friday @ 2pm on TBS
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Pujols, Berkman, Holliday, Howard, Halladay, Lee—this series is packed with big-name stars who have a ton of playoff experience. Fans and experts alike expected a great series and this one has not disappointed. This series opens the week tied at one game apiece, heading to St. Louis for the next two games. Philadelphia boasts the more complete team, but the Cardinals have a power-packed lineup that matches up well against the Phillie’s top-notch pitching staff.
Game 3: Tuesday @ 2pm on TBS
Game 4: Wednesday @ 3pm on TBS
Game 5: Friday @ 5:30pm on TBS