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Oct. 8, 2019: MLB Daily Postseason Primer

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Yankees are the only team to advance on Monday

MLB: ALDS-New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

After the Rays, Cardinals and Nationals won to extend their series, the Yankees went on to sweep the Twins and advance to the American League Championship Series.

Those wins meant there is baseball today and tomorrow. The Rays will try to extend their series to Thursday with a win. Then on Wednesday, elimination games for the NLDS will be played.

Astros at Rays - Game 3 (Astros lead 2-1)

It isn’t quite a three-headed monster but the Astros getting ZacK Greinke at the trade deadline was supposed to make them that much more unbeatable. It may still but on Monday, Greinke gave up six runs in 3⅔ innings as the Rays were able to defeat the Astros 10-3.

Later today, the Astros and Justin Verlander on three-days rest will try to defeat the Rays and prepare for their showdown against the Yankees.

Braves at Cardinals - Game 4 (Series tied 2-2)

The Cardinals had taken an early lead but then the Braves came back. But this series has featured late inning comebacks and the Cardinals did it again.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, trailing by a run, Paul Goldschmidt doubled with one out. After Marcell Ozuna struck out, Yadier Molina singled to score Goldschmidt and make it 4-4.

The game went to extra-innings and in the bottom of the tenth, Molina came up with the winning run on third with one out.

This is something I had not realized.

The Cardinals and Braves will play on Wednesday with the winner advancing to the National League Championship Series.

Dodgers at Nationals - Game 4 (Series tied 2-2)

The Nationals tied the series 2-2 with a 6-1 win over the Dodgers. You can read the TBLA recap here. They will play Game 5 tomorrow at Dodger Stadium.

Yankees at Twins - Game 3 (Yankees advance 3-0)

The Yankees completed their sweep with a 5-1 win over the Twins on Monday. This was the Twins 16th consecutive loss in the postseason.

Most of these losses came courtesy of the Yankees who have won five American League Divisional Series against the Twins.

The Yankees now wait for American League Championship Series, that will begin on Saturday.

Monday’s scoreboard

Rays 10, Astros 3

Cardinals 5, Braves 4 (10)

Nationals 6, Dodgers 1

Yankees 5, Twins 1

Tuesday’s schedule - Divisional Series

4:07 p.m. PT: Astros (Justin Verlander) @ Rays (Diego Castillo) - (FS1)