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The Milwaukee Brewers head home facing elimination on Saturday as they host the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 3 of their best of five series. The Brewers have been totally shutdown by the Phillies in the first two games and even their best pitcher, C.C. Sabathia was beaten. The Brewers will now have to hope their offense gets going because it is unlikely Dave Bush is going to shutout the Phillies.
The Chicago Cubs face elimination on Saturday in Game 3 as they travel to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers. Chicago has played very poorly in the first two games of this series and now everyone’s favorite in the National League could be gone in three straight. The Cubs will look to Rich Harden to save their season. He will be opposed by Hiroki Kuroda of the Dodgers.
The Anaheim Angels may have had the best record in the Major Leagues this season but if they don’t win Game 2 on Friday night they could be headed for an early exit in this year’s playoffs. The Angels lost the opener of this best of five series 4-1 on Wednesday and now must beat Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Red Sox on Friday or face the unpleasant prospect of having to win three straight against the World Champs.
The Tampa Bay Rays will look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their best of five series against the Chicago White Sox on Friday. The Rays won 6-4 on Thursday thanks to two home runs by Evan Longoria. Tampa will send Scott Kazmir to the mound on Friday. He will be opposed by Chicago’s Mark Buehrle.
A pivotal Game 2 takes place on Thursday night as the Chicago Cubs host the Los Angeles Dodgers in their National League Divisional Series. Chicago will be going with Carlos Zambrano while the Dodgers counter with Chad Billingsley.
The Tampa Bay Rays face the Chicago White Sox in Game 1 of their American League Division Series on Thursday afternoon. The Sox come into the game having won three must-win games in a row just to make the playoffs while Tampa has been resting at home. Now Chicago must piece together a pitching rotation while Tampa is set, starting with their best pitcher, James Shields on Thursday.
The New York Yankees are in danger of falling out of the American League playoff race and have a tough task on Thursday as they face Roy Halladay and the Toronto Blue Jays. Halladay is 14-9 on the season with a 2.64 ERA. He will be opposed by Sidney Ponson who is 7-3 on the season with a 4.19 ERA.
The top two teams in the American League conclude their series on Wednesday as Tampa Bay hosts Los Angeles. The Rays send Matt Garza to the mound on Wednesday while the Angels counter with Jered Weaver.
An excellent pitching matchup should be on tap Wednesday night as the Arizona Diamondbacks host the San Diego Padres. Dan Haren gets the call for Arizona while Jake Peavy starts for San Diego. Haren is 13-6 on the season with a 2.96 ERA while Peavy is 9-8 with a 2.61 ERA.
The Chicago Cubs have the best home record in baseball at 45-17 and will be heavily favored to add to that mark on Tuesday night as they host the Cincinnati Reds with Rich Harden on the mound. Harden has been excellent for the Cubs but is still looking for his first win at Wrigley Field. Harden is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA with the Cubs but hasn’t gotten a decision at home where he is 0-0 with a 2.81 ERA. Harden won his only career start against the Red back in 2004. Chicago is 5-4 against the Reds this season with four of those wins coming at home.