Lux will face top seed Blake Snell (24-5 in the regular season) in the best-of-3 opening round. The four quarterfinals are split up between Friday (7 p.m. PT, FS1) and Saturday (noon PT, ESPN2).
Lux finished the regular season at 19-10, though he lost his last game to Carl Edwards Jr. on Monday after a furious rally. From Adam Berry at MLB.com: “Lux had a chance to secure a bid, but Edwards pulled off a wild rally in the sixth inning — two bunts, a wild pitch, back-to-back walks to load the bases, a run-scoring walk, a sacrifice fly and another hit — to beat Lux.”
While Lux didn’t clinch a playoff spot Monday, Ian Happ of the Cubs did, thanks to 10 wins in his final 11 games. At 19-10 he has the same record as Lux, but scored 78 runs to Lux’s 77, earning the tiebreaker.
The final two regular season games were Wednesday night, with Lucas Giolito and Tommy Kahnle, both 18-10 and needing wins to earn a playoff berth. Had Giolito (against Amir Garrett) and Kahnle (against Lance McCullers Jr.) both won, they would have made the playoffs at the expense of Lux, winning the tiebreaker by scoring more runs over the season.
But McCullers lost his game to Kahnle, eliminating the Astros pitcher. Giolito won, securing the sixth seed and pushes Happ to seventh and Lux to eighth, by scoring more runs than both during the season.
The semifinal round, also best-of-3, will be televised Saturday by ESPN2 (after both quarterfinals) and FS1 (5 p.m. PT). The best-of-5 championship series will be televised Sunday at ESPN beginning at 11:30 a.m. PT.