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MLB Playoffs: NLDS Game 3, plus Indians go for sweep

Gio showing off a strong pitcher derp face.
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Three MLB playoff games on tap for Monday, with one of them a potential finale.

Nationals vs. Dodgers

NLDS Game 3 (Series tied 1-1)

Pitchers: Gio Gonzalez vs. Kenta Maeda

Time: 1:08 p.m.

TV: MLB Network

For the second straight day, a beloved former A’s lefty makes a start in this series — Rich Hill got roughed up in Game 2. Gio has made three career postseason starts and never reached the 6th inning.

Today's Lineups

Trea Turner - CF Howie Kendrick - LF
Jayson Werth - LF Justin Turner - 3B
Daniel Murphy - 2B Corey Seager - SS
Bryce Harper - RF Yasiel Puig - RF
Anthony Rendon - 3B Adrian Gonzalez - 1B
Ryan Zimmerman - 1B Yasmani Grandal - C
Danny Espinosa - SS Charlie Culberson - 2B
Jose Lobaton - C Joc Pederson - CF
Gio Gonzalez - LHP Kenta Maeda - RHP

* * *

Indians vs. Red Sox

ALDS Game 3 (Indians lead 2-0)

Pitchers: Josh Tomlin vs. Clay Buchholz

Time: 3:08 p.m.


They were supposed to play yesterday but got rained out. Somehow Josh Tomlin is still a thing, and even weirder he actually became decent after turning 30. And now he’s pitching to sweep the Red Sox out of the playoffs. Life, man.

Today's Lineups

Carlos Santana - DH Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Jason Kipnis - 2B Brock Holt - 3B
Francisco Lindor - SS Mookie Betts - RF
Mike Napoli - 1B David Ortiz - DH
Jose Ramirez - 3B Hanley Ramirez - 1B
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF Xander Bogaerts - SS
Coco Crisp - LF Andrew Benintendi - LF
Tyler Naquin - CF Sandy Leon - C
Roberto Perez - C Jackie Bradley - CF
Josh Tomlin - RHP Clay Buchholz - RHP

* * *

Cubs vs. Giants

NLDS Game 3 (Cubs lead 2-0)

Pitchers: Jake Arrieta vs. Madison Bumgarner

Time: 6:38 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports 1

It’s Bumgarner in an elimination game, which is an automatic shutout right up until it isn’t. Remember when Cliff Lee and Justin Verlander were unbeatable in the playoffs? And Jon Lester? (Hey, turns out he still is!) Nothing gold can stay and everyone stumbles eventually.

The only thing better than seeing the Giants getting swept out would be if it happened in front of their entitled home fans to remind them that sometimes everything doesn’t go perfectly in October. It’s harsh but they need that lesson before we can all be friends again. Don’t blow this, Cubs. (You will almost certainly blow this. I’ve got Kelby Tomlinson on the pinch-hit walk-off homer.)