The MLB playoff schedule 2010 could have decisive games today. In fact, the MLB playoff schedule 2010 could end the ALCS, and bring the NLCS closer to the end. Already it looks like the ALCS is all but settled – although Texas has crumbled with a two-game series lead before. Yet their level of dominance against the Yankees seems to be deeper, although C.C. Sabathia will attempt to put some cracks in it. While today’s playoff schedule could wrap up one pennant, another one may be nearly secured tonight in San Francisco.
At 4:07 p.m. est, the Rangers will attempt to sweep the Yankees in New York, and end the ALCS. It could have already been wrapped up, but the Game 1 Yankees comeback now seems more like a stay of execution. Today, the Yankees hope for one more stay so they can go back to Texas.
Even if the MLB playoff schedule 2010 is extended for the ALCS, the Yankees still appear to be long shots. They have to win two games just to be long shots in a Game 7 against Cliff Lee in Arlington, so Texas could afford to take their foot off the gas. After all, they forfeited a two-game lead against the Rays, only to have Lee bail them out in the end.
Yet the Rangers may look to avoid that kind of drama this time, so that Lee can be set up for a World Series Game 1 against Roy Halladay or Tim Lincecum. But Lee isn’t their only dominant hurler, as C.J. Wilson has been impressive in two postseason starts. Meanwhile, C.C. Sabathia has struggled through his two starts, including Game 1 of the ALCS.
Sabathia may be the Yankees’ last hope to stop the bleeding, as their rotation has only seen one quality start in the ALCS. If the Rangers’ offense explodes one more time, then the MLB will pencil the Rangers in the World Series for the first time today.
If Texas finishes New York off, they can wait a while for their opponent. Therefore, they may root for the Phillies to tie the Giants in the NLCS, so they can beat each other up longer. But the momentum is squarely with San Francisco, after their 3-0 shutout in Game 3.
Tonight is the first NLCS game on the schedule that isn’t between aces. The Giants send out 21-year-old Madison Bumgarner, while the Phillies send out postseason veteran Joe Blanton. However, Bumgarner has one solid start under his belt in the NLDS, while Blanton hasn’t pitched since late September.
A Rangers-Giants World Series seemed unlikely, yet after today’s games, that matchup could be all but assured. The Yankees and Phillies’ rampages through the playoffs have been halted, and now they are just fighting for survival. New York looks for it at 4:07 pm est on TBS, while Philadelphia tries to rally at 7:57 pm est on FOX.
MLB.com- “2010 MLB Postseason Schedule”