The MLB playoffs 2010 schedule will start in about an hour. Today’s MLB playoff schedule 2010 has three first round showdowns getting under way, with a lot of pitching power on display. Cliff Lee, David Price, Roy Halladay and C.C Sabathia will head out today to get their teams off on the right foot. Getting off to a 1-0 start is very important, and even more so in a best-of-five series. Therefore, the tone for the playoffs should be set in one way or another today.
At 1:37 pm est, the postseason gets under way in Tampa Bay, with a battle of past playoff heroes. Cliff Lee almost singlehandedly got the Phillies a championship last year, and hopes to go a step further with the Rangers. David Price became a hero by closing out the 2008 ALCS for the Rays, but this year, he comes into October as their ace.
The Rangers-Rays series may be the most unpredictable one on the MLB playoff schedule 2010. Although the Rays have home field advantage, their questionable fan base, their injuries, and lack of pitching depth has given pundits pause. The Rangers have never won a postseason series, yet they have Lee to steal two games if necessary, and have MVP favorite Josh Hamilton back.
If the Rays can get to Lee today, they will silence their critics quickly, yet it won’t be a major shock if they don’t. On the other hand, everyone would be stunned if the Phillies were to slip up in their Game 1, at 5:07 pm est.
The Phillies have become the top favorite in the playoffs, thanks to their three-headed collection of aces. Their leader, Roy Halladay, starts his first game in October against the Reds. With Halladay finally taking the postseason spotlight, and with the Phillies’ home-field advantage, the Reds are substantial underdogs.
Yet all it takes is one surprise win to turn things around, and Halladay was actually the weakest link among Phillies’ aces in September. The Reds bring out the top offensive lineup in the National League, while the Phillies’ offense can explode or go in the tank at any moment.
Day 1 of the playoff schedule concludes in Minnesota, which is buzzing more about Randy Moss’ return today. Nevertheless, the Twins will introduce Target Field to October baseball, as they try to finally conquer the Yankees.
Although New York is a wild card in the playoffs, they have had their way with Minnesota in the last few years, including a 3-0 ALDS sweep in 2009. With C.C Sabathia taking the mound, the Yankees are expected to pull through – but if they don’t, their pitching problems beyond Sabathia could be more of a factor.
If form holds today, it could signal that the MLB playoff schedule may be conventional down the line. Yet with a relatively wide open field this year, anything can happen. The action begins one way or another on TBS this afternoon.
MLB.com- “2010 MLB Postseason Schedule”
CBS New York- “Keefe To The City: MLB Playoff Preview”