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Dodgers and Braves in game four of the NLCS at Globe Life Field Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Good morning afternoon, Athletics Nation!

The 2020 MLB postseason is heating back up. After both LCS matchups got off to lopsided starts, they’ve at least turned into competitions. Two teams could advance to the World Series today, but their opponents are each putting up a fight.

In the ALCS, the Houston Astros staved off elimination for another day with a second straight victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5. It was a bullpen game all around and it was tied entering the 9th, but supervillain Carlos Correa launched a walk-off solo homer to break the deadlock for a 4-3 win — an he supposedly called his shot before going to the plate. Recap from The Crawfish Boxes.

Meanwhile, after being shaken up by a historic rout on Wednesday, the Atlanta Braves got back on track against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4. The Braves had lost by a dozen the previous day but flipped the script in a 10-2 beating, knocking around ace starter Clayton Kershaw en route to a six-run 6th inning. In his postseason career (35 games, 28 starts), Kershaw is 11-12 with a 4.31 ERA. Recap from Talking Chop.

The AL series now shifts back to the Rays being the home team, though of course the venue isn’t changing as they’re still playing at a neutral site in San Diego (with the NL in Arlington).

Friday LCS schedule (all times PT):

  • ALCS G6: Astros at Rays, 3:07 p.m. on TBS
  • NLCS G5: Dodgers at Braves, 6:08 p.m. on Fox Sports 1

Both series could end any day now.

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