The MLB playoff schedule 2010 is about to go on break. After today, the MLB playoff schedule 2010 will be vacant for two days, once the division round ends. There could have been another do-or-die game on Wednesday, but the Giants made sure it wouldn’t be necessary. As such, there will be only one Game 5 in the divisional round, although the Rays looked destined to be swept against the Rangers. The schedule is already set for the NLCS, and tonight, the ALCS will be set in stone as well.
Thanks to the road team winning four straight games in the Rangers-Rays series, it appears Texas has the advantage at Tampa Bay tonight. The Rangers do have Cliff Lee going back out against David Price, after he easily outdueled Price in Game 1. However, Texas blew two chances to clinch their first postseason series win, and their third chance is back in Tampa Bay.
Whoever wins will resume their MLB playoff schedule 2010 at home on Friday night – although being at home hasn’t been good for the Rays or Rangers. Nevertheless, the winner gets home field advantage for the ALCS, but will still likely be an underdog to the visiting Yankees.
Thanks to Texas and Tampa Bay’s four man rotation, the Yankees won’t see any of their aces until Game 3 of the ALCS. They already have enough momentum after sweeping the Twins, as they will be well rested against an exhausted opponent.
The Rangers put themselves in this position by losing two chances to clinch at home. Meanwhile, the schedule is set for the NLCS because the Giants and Phillies clinched in their first opportunity on the road. San Francisco got in with another 3-2 win over Atlanta, in Bobby Cox’s final game.
After tonight’s Game 5 in Tampa Bay, there will be no baseball until Friday night, when the Yankees visit either the Rangers or Rays for Game 1 of the ALCS. On Saturday, they will hold Game 2, before Game 1 of the NLCS starts in Philadelphia. Thanks to the Giants winning last night, Tim Lincecum will get to face off against none other than Roy Halladay.
Although the MLB has been consumed by pitching – along with debatable calls and errors – the biggest pitching performances might still be ahead. Halladay, Lincecum, Roy Oswalt, Matt Cain, Cole Hamels and Jonathan Sanchez will all face each other starting on Saturday.
While fans are already drooling over the playoffs for the NLCS – at least those who love pitchers – the ALCS still has one puzzle piece to fill. It will finally be settled tonight in Tampa Bay, starting at 8:07 pm est on TBS.
MLB.com- “2010 MLB Postseason Schedule”
Associated Press- “Rangers, Rays aces set to square off again”