The 2010 MLB Playoffs schedule finally gets started tonight. There are three games on the docket, with six of the eight playoff teams seeing their first action of the postseason on Wednesday night. This is known as the divisional round of the playoffs, with the four teams from each league deciding which ones will advance to the Championship Series of that league.
The first of today’s playoff games is Texas vs. Tampa Bay, with Game 1 taking place at 10:30 a.m. PT (1:30 p.m. ET) on TBS. The starting pitchers for the game are David Price and Cliff Lee, and it is bound to be a really great game from the pitching side of things. The Texas Rangers are really hoping that Josh Hamilton is back from his rib injury at full strength, and if not, the Rangers could be looking at a lack of offensive output. The game will be in Tampa Bay, where the Rays have been pretty dominant in 2010, and hopefully it turns out to be a great one for the fans.
The second game on Wednesday will be played in Philadelphia, the team that has secured home field advantage through the entire 2010 Playoffs. This series is Cincinnati vs. Philadelphia, with Game 1 taking place at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET) with a live broadcast on TBS as well. The starting pitchers are going to be Edison Volquez for the Cincinnati Reds and Roy Halladay for the Philadelphia Phillies. This is a series that could come down to the pitching of the Phillies, which is as dominant as we have seen in some time, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Philadelphia swept this series. Cincinnati has a very talented team, though, so don’t count them out just yet.
The final game of the night is New York vs. Minnesota, where the New York Yankees try to defend their role as World Series champions. Game 1 is going to be a battle between CC Sabathia and Francisco Liriano, but unfortunately for the Twins, one of their best hitters will miss the series. First baseman Justin Morneau is still trying to recover from a concussion he suffered back in July, and that could really hamper the offensive attack of the Twins. They still have MVP Joe Mauer, though, and he will have to be on his game as the Twins go up against one of the best offenses in the majors this year. Game time is 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m. ET) in Minnesota.