The MLB playoff schedule 2010 will have no more doubleheaders. Today, the MLB playoff schedule 2010 has one World Series team locked in, and the second could finally clinch tonight. If the Yankees had forced an ALCS Game 7, then the NLCS Game 6 would have been played this afternoon, before the Yankees-Cliff Lee showdown. Instead, Lee is waiting in Game 1 of the World Series, and the Giants could be set to face him after tonight. But if the Phillies extend the playoffs to a Game 7, they will have finally wiped the slate clean.
Before Thursday night, the Phillies’ National League reign was considered over, yet they delayed the Giants’ coronation. Now some doubt is back into the NLCS, as the Phillies get to use their home-field advantage again.
The MLB playoff schedule 2010 would have its first Game 7 set up if Philadelphia stops San Francisco from clinching again. The matchup is a rematch of Game 2, as Roy Oswalt takes on Jonathan Sanchez, after beating him last Sunday. However, Sanchez is more well rested than Oswalt is.
Although Oswalt has never lost in Citizens Bank Park, no one knows how he will look after his Game 4 relief appearance. The Giants failed to hit off Oswalt in Game 2, yet after defeating him in Game 4, they have to like their chances better tonight.
Will the Oswalt of Game 4 and of the NLDS Game 2 show up, or will the dominant Oswalt return? If the Giants gets the weaker Oswalt, then they will likely do what the Rangers did, and clinch a World Series berth on their second try. Yet if things go differently, the playoff schedule would turn completely around for the Phillies.
Another Phillies win tonight would set up an NLCS Game 7 tomorrow, in which Philadelphia would have all the momentum and home field. Of course, a Game 7 would pit them against Matt Cain, who handcuffed them in Game 3.
The last time an LCS saw a 3-1 comeback was in 2007, when the Red Sox rallied back against the Indians. Like the Phillies, the Red Sox looked doomed against a pitching-rich underdog, yet they won Game 5 on the road and took momentum back home. The Red Sox then used their new life to finish the comeback, and then win the World Series.
If the playoff schedule goes the same way for the Phillies, then they’ll get to face old friend Cliff Lee in the World Series. But Lee is the least of their problems right now, as they look to show consistency for the first time in this postseason.
The Giants were counted out to start the NLCS, then took control quickly. Tonight, people are doubting them again, which may put them right where they want to be. Both the Giants and Phillies have the MLB playoff schedule to themselves tonight, starting at 7:57 pm est on FOX.
MLB.com- “2010 MLB Postseason Schedule”
Philadelphia Daily News- “Phillies-Giants; Game 6 preview”