The MLB playoff schedule 2010 was crowded yesterday. However, the MLB playoff schedule 2010 for the next few days will be very scarce, although it could be very dramatic. After three games yesterday, there is only one on tap for tonight. There could have been two games, yet the Phillies made sure they didn’t have to play the Reds again last night. This leaves the Giants and Braves all alone on the schedule tonight, as the Giants try to do what the Phillies have already done.
For a brief while, it looked like Atlanta would be the team on the brink of an NLCS berth, after taking a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning of Game 3. But without Billy Wagner, the Braves’ closing situation is more up in the air. Although they have survived various injuries all season, Wagner’s left them more vulnerable at the worst time.
As such, the MLB playoff schedule 2010 could have a Phillies-Giants NLCS all set if San Francisco wins Game 4. The Giants took back the series lead with two runs in the ninth, as they survived being one strike away from defeat. Craig Kimbrel and Mike Dunn could not fill in for Wagner, and Brooks Conrad sealed the deal with his third error of the night.
With one more win, the Giants will finish the Braves off and end Bobby Cox’s career. Yet Atlanta will not have to face Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain or Jonathan Sanchez in Game 4, as Madison Bumgarner goes out instead for San Francisco. Bumgarner has replaced Barry Zito as their fourth starter, but his start could work against the Giants in the long run.
The Giants need to win tonight, or else the playoffs could look more daunting down the line. They declined to use Lincecum for Game 4, saving him for a Game 5 at home. But if they lose Game 4, and Lincecum pitches them into the NLCS later, he cannot start Games 1 or 2 of the NLCS against the Phillies.
The Rangers also have the same dilemma, as they saved Cliff Lee for a Game 5, although he wouldn’t be able to start the ALCS against the Yankees. Yet they put themselves in that dilemma by blowing a 2-0 lead to the Rays. If the Giants want to avoid that, they will win here and be able to pit Lincecum against Roy Halladay on Saturday night.
But the Braves are still on the MLB playoff schedule, and want to stick around a while longer. Although Lincecum isn’t going on three days rest, Derek Lowe is, after largely shutting the Giants down in Game 1. They still have the league’s best home record, and have already rallied from the brink before in this series.
If Atlanta wins, the playoffs for the divisional round won’t end until Wednesday. If not, then San Francisco will have four days rest before going to Philadelphia. They will get that chance starting tonight at 7:37 pm est on TBS.
MLB.com- “2010 MLB Postseason Schedule”
San Jose Mercury News- “A remarkable turn of events for Giants”