Eight teams remain in the 2022 postseason. After today’s League Division Series games, that number could almost be cut in half.
Three teams have completed their best-of-five series and are facing elimination. In the American League, the Seattle Mariners are playing their first home playoff game in more than 20 years in hopes of staving off a win against the Houston Astros.
In the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies leapfrogged the Atlanta Braves with a 9-1 win in NLDS Game 3 early Friday night and are now one win away from eliminating the defending champion. And the San Diego Padres will take the field in Game 4 and have a chance to knock out the 111-win Los Angeles Dodgers after clinching a 2-1 win in Game 3.
The only series that can’t end today? The other ALDS match between the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Guardians, who shared the first two games in the Bronx.
Follow the action below throughout the day with tee times, pitching matches and starting lineups as they are announced, followed by in-game updates and takeaways after each game.
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Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (2:07 ET on FS1)
Phillies lead series 2-1
Braves Starter: Charlie Morton (9-6, 205K, 4.34 ERA)
Phillies Starter: Noah Syndergaard (10-10, 95K, 3.94 ERA)
Why this series is over: The Phillies get another home game. And after a wild scene on Friday – for their first home playoff game since 2011 – what can I say it won’t get louder as their team faces promotion? Meanwhile, Braves’ pitching is a mess right now. Max Fried served sick in Game 1 and Spencer Strider looked rusty in Game 3 after returning from injury. Now Atlanta will turn to Charlie Morton for Game 4 – usually a solid option. But he hasn’t pitched in two weeks and has had a terrible September putting together a 5.40 ERA. The defending champion could be in big trouble. – Jesse Rogers
Why not: The Braves have been in the playoffs before, and while Morton didn’t look well, he was known as a big-game pitcher for the last October. Also, Philadelphia just put their two aces in Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola, leaving Syndergaard (or whatever option Philly had to choose from) at least a notch below the last two starters. The Braves are always on the verge of a home run blast — and Saturday would be an ideal time to do so. -Rogers
Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners (4:07 ET on TBS)
Astros leads the series 2-0
Astros Starter: Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2, 50K, 2.27 ERA)
Mariner’s Starters: George Kirby (8-5, 133K, 3.39 ERA)
Why this series is over: The Astros are the Astros. You win in October. They’ve been in the ALCS for five straight years and a less talented team won’t stop them by a sixth. And the fact that they have Lance McCullers Jr. – with his 2.27 ERA in 47.2 innings – on the mound and Jose Altuve (unsuccessful in two games) ready to break out is one of the myriad reasons why the glass slipper is the Mariners so is primed to break. -Jeff Passan
Why not: Even as a rookie, George Kirby was one of the most efficient strike throwers in baseball. And given how disciplined the Astros are, a pitcher with top-notch stuff like Kirby has to live in the hitting zone to beat Houston. The Mariners were up in Game 1. In game 2 they were back on top. Now, fueled by Seattle’s first postseason crowd in 20 years, they will force a Game 4. – Passer
New York Yankees at Cleveland Guardians (7:37 ET on TBS)
Series draw 1-1
Yankees Starters: Luis Severino (7-3, 112K, 3.18 ERA)
Guardian Starter: Triston McKenzie (11-11, 190K, 2.96 ERA)
Why the Yankees will win this series: Aaron Judge has to get going at some point, right? And the Guardians offense can’t get through to four more runs, right? And the Cleveland bullpen will be gassed after Friday’s game, right? We saw a lot of drama in those tight first two games with few points. But what we haven’t seen is the New York offense flexing its considerable muscles. It’s about time that happened. Right? – Bradford Doolittle
Why the Guardians will win: The formula for the Guardians was shown in Game 2. The starter fights his way through the Yankees’ lineup two or three times and takes them to the bullpen, which does the rest. Cleveland has been winning this way for weeks and there’s no reason it can’t continue in front of a hyper-boosted home crowd this weekend. – Doolittle
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres (9:37 ET on FS1)
Padres lead series 2-1
Dodgers Starters: Tyler Anderson
Padre’s Starter: Joe Musgrove
Why this series is over: If you felt the energy at Petco Park on Friday night, you’ll know why. In Game 4, the Padres will again have a sold-out crowd behind them and the perfect pitcher on the mound – Musgrove, the San Diego native and lifelong Padres fan who dreamed of pitching on a night like this and freshly quit is shutting down the Mets in the pivotal game of the previous series. – Alden Gonzalez
Why not: It’s the Dodgers to shout out loud. They’ve won 111 regular season games for a reason. Heck, they didn’t win 14 of those games against those Padres for nothing. The Dodgers had plenty of opportunities to take the lead in Games 2 and 3 — and just couldn’t get through with runners in goal position. Someday, one would think, they will. You’re too good not to. – Gonzales
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