When the Dodgers weren't busy getting bad news about Matt Kemp on Sunday or wondering who will start for them in center field, they found out the Braves would be their National League Division Series opponent. But that doesn't start until Thursday.
Luckily we have three more days of baseball, appointment television with three consecutive 5:07 p.m. PT starts. Here is the MLB playoff schedule for Monday through Wednesday (all times PT, and all games are on TBS):
David Price starts for Tampa Bay, and Martin Perez starts for Texas, with the winner advancing to play at Cleveland in the American League wild card game on Wednesday night. This is technically a regular season game, which means expanded September rosters on play. The Rangers have even more of an expanded roster as the formerly suspended Nelson Cruz will be active for the game.
Pittsburgh swept a three-game series in Cincinnati over the weekend, and their reward was a home game on Tuesday night. Francisco Liriano starts for the Pirates against Johnny Cueto for the Reds at PNC Park in the first postseason game in Pittsburgh since current Pirates broadcaster Bob Walk pitched a complete game to beat the Braves in Game 5 of the 1992 NLCS.
American League wild card game - Rays/Rangers at Indians, 5:07 p.m. PT
The winner of Monday's playoff game in Arlington will travel to Cleveland to face the red-hot Indians, winners of their last 10 games. The last team to win their final 10 games of the season was the 1971 Orioles, who won their final 11 games of the regular season, then the first five games of the playoffs. But in the World Series for a third straight year and a 2-0 series lead wasn't enough for Baltimore, who lost to the Roberto Clemente Pirates in seven games.