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Oct. 13, 2019: MLB Daily Postseason Primer

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Nationals and Yankees enjoy wins on Saturday

MLB: ALCS-New York Yankees at Houston Astros Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Only three games in but so far the winning teams are outscoring their opponents 12-1 with two shutouts being pitched in those games.

The Nationals are winning behind strong starting pitching and an occasional key hit while the Yankees took a page from the Astros game with solid starting pitching and power offense.

And here is something for the Nationals to know and the Yankees to aim for today.

Nationals at Cardinals - Game 2 (Nationals lead 2-0)

I am guessing if you told the Cardinals and their fans that the Nationals would score a total of five runs in the first two games, they would have said thank you very much.

However, the three runs the Nationals scored on Saturday were enough for the 3-1 win over the Cardinals. The Nationals now lead 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

For the Nationals, right-hander Max Scherzer followed teammate Anibal Sánchez’s no-hit bid with one of his own.

However, Scherzer was nearly matched pitch-for-pitch by Adam Wainwright.

But in the end, it was the Nationals continuing their strong pitching that beat the Cardinals again.

And so far, this pitching strategy is working.

Yankees at Astros - Game 1 (Yankees lead 1-0)

The Yankees jumped out to take a 1-0 lead in this anticipated series with a shutout win over the Astros. The 7-0 win featured a strong start by Masahiro Tanaka and five RBI game by Gleyber Torres.

If there is one thing we know, there is Gerrit Cole and then there are the other pitchers for the Astros. And while Cole has been dominant, the Astros have won one and lost three of the other four games without him on the mound.

And because the Divisional Series against the Rays went to five games, Cole won’t be on the mound until Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. Now, maybe a fully rested Justin Verlander will be mowing down Yankees today, we’ll just have to wait and see about that.

Meanwhile, Zack Greinke took his second loss this postseason and he has been giving up home runs in his recent starts in the playoffs.

There are some differences especially when it comes to total innings pitched but still, nice company to be in.

And when you play for the Yankees, these comparisons do happen.

Saturday’s scoreboard

Nationals 3, Cardinals 1

Yankees 7, Astros 0

Sunday’s schedule - Championship Series

5:08 p.m.: Yankees (James Paxton) @ Astros (Justin Verlander) (FS1)