Tuesday, October 6
Astros (86-76) @ Yankees (87-75)
The Astros have left-hander Dallas Keuchel (20-8, 2.48 ERA, 216 SO 1.02 WHIP) facing the Yankees right-hander Mashairo Tanaka (12-7, 3.51 ERA, 139 SO .99 WHIP).
Both teams backed into the playoffs losing the day before. The Yankees are currently on a three game losing streak and have lost 7 of their last 10 but managed to secure home field advantage due to Houston losing on the final day. Houston has won 6 of their last 10. The game will kick off at 8:00 PM EST.
Wednesday, October 7
Cubs (97-65) @ Pirates (98-64)
The top three teams in the NL were all from the same division this year, and since we are still using a long outdated playoff seeding format, we have a one and done situation where one of the two of the most interesting teams will be facing elimination. Soak it up, this promises to be a really great game.
The Cubs will send possible CY Young candidate Jake “why did we trade you from Baltimore” Arrietta (22-6 1.77 ERA 236 SO .86 WHIP) to face off against the Pirates and Gerrit Cole (19-8 2.60 ERA 202 SO 1.09 WHIP). Both players throw right handed.