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Division Series Matchups Begin Today

MLB playoff contenders have been narrowed down to eight teams following the opening Wild Card round of sixteen. Two #6 seeds remain, the Houston Astros and the Miami Marlins. Neither of these teams will face the two #1 seeds, the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers, raising the question of whether reseeding should be added if the expanded playoff format is adopted for future seasons.

Division Series action begins this afternoon with the American League matchup between the #6 Houston Astros and #2 Oakland Athletics at 4:07 PM ET, followed by the #5 New York Yankees at the #1 Rays at 8:07 PM ET.

Keep scrolling for a rundown of tonight’s games and probable pitching matchups along with some highlights from the Wild Card round for each team.

Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics (ALDS Game 1)

Game Time: 4:07 PM ET, TBS/Rogers SportsNet

Venue: Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA

Lance McCullers (3-3, 3.93 ERA) vs. Chris Bassitt (5-2, 2.29 ERA)

New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays (ALDS Game 1)

Game Time: 8:07 PM ET, TBS/Rogers SportsNet

Venue: Petco Park – San Diego, CA

Gerrit Cole (7-3, 2.84 ERA) vs. Blake Snell (4-2, 3.24 ERA)

Featured Image: Baseball lying in field of grass.