MLB Division Series: Are the Sailors, Dodgers, and Braves over?

Eight teams are still in the 2022 postseason. After today’s league series matches, that number can be roughly halved.

Three teams follow the best series out of five and face elimination. In the Major League, the Seattle Mariners are playing their first home playoff game in more than 20 years, hoping to avoid a Houston Astros’ landslide.

In the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies vaulted the Atlanta Braves early in their 9-1 NLDS Game 3 win Friday night and are now one win away from eliminating the defending champions. The San Diego Padres will take the field in Game Four with a chance to take out the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 111-game winning streak after winning 2-1 in Game Three.

The only series that can’t end today? Another ALDS match, between the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Guardians, who split their first two games in the Bronx.

Follow the procedure below throughout the day with start times, fixtures and starting lineups as announced, followed by in-game updates and takeaways after each game ends.

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Atlanta Braves in Philadelphia Phillies (2:07 ET on FS1)

Lead series Phyllis 2-1

Brave start Charlie Morton (9-6, 205K, 4.34PM)

Phyllis writer: Noah Syndergaard (10-10, 95K, 3.94PM)

Starting formations:

Bravery

1. Ronald Acuna Jr. (R) RF
2. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
3. Matt Olson (left) 1 b
4. Travis Darno (R) C
5. Austin Riley (R) 3B
6. Michael Harris II (L) CF
7. William Contreras (R) DH
8. Orlando Arcia (R) 2B
9. Eddie Rosario (left) LF

Phillies

1. Kyle Schwarber (left) LF
2. Reese Hoskins (R) 1B
3. JT Realmuto (R) C
4. Bryce Harper (left) d
5. Nick Castellanos (R) RF
6. Alec Boom (R) 3B
7. Bryson Stott (L) SS
8. Jan Segura (R) 2B
9. Brandon Marsh (left) CF

Why this series ended: The Phillies get another home game. And after a wild spectacle on Friday – in their first home playoff since 2011 – what could be said that they wouldn’t be louder with their team in line to advance? Meanwhile, the Braves show is in shambles right now. Max Fried came down when sick in Game 1, and Spencer Strider looked rusty after coming back from an injury in Game Three. Now Atlanta will turn to Charlie Morton for Match 4 – usually a solid option. But he hasn’t put in a show in two weeks and he’s coming off a terrible September, when he put together a 5.40 PM. The defending champions may be in big trouble. – Jesse Rogers

Why not: The Braves have been in the playoffs before, and while Morton hasn’t looked great, he’s been known as a big-game shooter over the past few October. Plus, Philadelphia just used two aces in Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola, so Syndergaard (or whatever option Philly had to choose from) is at least a notch lower than the last novices. The brave are always about to have a blast in the house – and Saturday would be a perfect time for one of them. – Rogers

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Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners (4:07 ET on TBS)

Astros 2-0 . lead chain

Astros writer: Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2, 50K, 2.27PM)

The beginning of the sailors: George Kirby (8-5, 133K, 3.39 ERA)

Starting formations:

Astros

to be announced later on

sailors

1. Julio Rodriguez (R) CF
2. Ty France (R) 1B
3. Eugenio Suarez (right) 3 B
4. Cal Raleigh (South) c
5. Mitch Hanniger (R) RF
6. Carlos Santana (Q) D
7. Adam Frazier (left) 2 b
8. Jared Kielnik (L) LF
9. JB Crawford (left) SS

Why this series ended: The stars are the stars. They won in October. They’ve reached the ALCS five years in a row and no less talented team will stop them from turning six. And the fact that they have Lance McCullers Jr. – With his 2.27 ERA in 47.2 innings – On the hill and Jose Altuve (uninjured in two games) ready to launch are among the myriad reasons for the Mariners’ glass soles poised to break. – Jeff Bassan

Why not: Even as a beginner, George Kirby ranks among the most proficient strike shooters in baseball. Given how disciplined the Astros are, the bowler needs to live in the strike zone with premium stuff, like Kirby, to beat Houston. The sailors were awake in the first game. They are back again in the second game. Now, spurred on by their first post-season crowd in Seattle in 20 years, they’re going to force a 4 game. – they succeeded


New York Yankees at Cleveland Guardians (7:37 a.m. ET on TBS)

1-1 . tie series

Yankees start: Luis Severino (7-3, 112K, 3.18 ERA)

Beginning Guardians: Triston Mackenzie (11-11, 190K, 2.96 ERA)

Starting formations:

Yankee

to be announced later on

guards

to be announced later on

Why the Yankees will win this series: In the end, Aaron Judge has to move on, right? And the Guardians’ offense can’t make its way to four more runs, can it? And the Cleveland Arena is going to be gassed after Friday’s game, right? We’ve seen a lot of drama around these two tight, low-score games. But what we haven’t seen is the New York crime flexing its big muscles. It’s time for that to happen. right? – Bradford Doolittle

Why the Guardians will win: The Guardians formula was introduced in Game 2. The initiator battles through the Yankees lineup two or three times and brings it to the playing field, which does the rest. That’s how Cleveland won for weeks and there’s no reason why it can’t continue in front of a rushing home crowd this weekend. – Doolittle


Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres (9:37 a.m. ET on FS1)

Padres Series Lead 2-1

Beginning Dodgers: Tyler Anderson

Padres writer: Joe Musgrove

Starting formations:

Dodgers

to be announced later on

the father

to be announced later on

Why this series ended: If you feel the energy in Petco Park on a Friday night, you’ll know why. In Game 4, the Padres will once again have a sold-out crowd behind them and the perfect pitcher on the hill – Musgrove, the San Diego native and lifelong Padres fan who dreamed of promoting on a night like this and is new. The Mets closed in the deciding game of the previous series. – Alden Gonzalez

Why not: They are the dodgers, because they scream loudly. They didn’t win 111 regular season games for no reason. Heck, they didn’t win 14 of those games against Padres for no reason. The Dodgers had plenty of opportunities to grab the lead in games 2 and 3 – and simply didn’t come up with the runners in the scoring position. At some point, one might think, they will. They are too good not to. – Gonzalez


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