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MLB Playoffs continue with 4-game set on Monday

Oct 12, 2015, 10:45 AM EST

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ALDS GAME 4: KANSAS CITY ROYALS AT HOUSTON ASTROS

Series: Astros lead 2-1
Where:
 Minute Maid Park, Houston
Gametime: 1:00 p.m.
TV: FS1
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Indoors
Starting pitchers: KCR RHP Yordano Ventura (13-8, 4.08 ERA) / HOU RHP Lance McCullers (7-11, 3.10 ERA)

The Kansas City Royals were the best team in the American League during the regular season, but they face elimination from the playoffs on Monday in an afternoon game at Houston. The Astros, on the other hand, have a chance to clinch an ALCS berth for the first time since 2005. Considering they lost at least 90 games in each of the previous four seasons, it is quite remarkable they are in this position.

The Royals will pitch flame-thrower Yordano Ventura, who took the loss in Game 1 of this series. He gave up three earned runs on four hits and a walk in just two innings of work. Rookie Lance McCullers, 22, will make his postseason debut for Houston.

ALDS GAME 4: TORONTO BLUE JAYS AT TEXAS RANGERS

Series: Rangers lead 2-1
Where:
 Globe Life Park, Arlington
Gametime: 4:00 p.m.
TV: FS1
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Sunny, 92 degrees, wind 5 mph
Starting pitchers: TOR RHP R.A. Dickey (11-11, 3.91 ERA) / TEX LHP Derek Holland (4-3, 4.91 ERA)

The Blue Jays saved their season on Sunday with a 5-1 win on the road in Texas. The Rangers will now take another shot at clinching a spot in the ALCS at home.

Toronto will start former Cy Young-winner R.A. Dickey, who at 40 is making his first playoff appearance in 13 MLB seasons. He was a first round pick by the Rangers back in 1996.

Lefty Derek Holland will pitch for Texas in his 14th playoff game. He was a big part of Texas’ 2010 and 2011 teams that won the AL pennant.

NLDS GAME 3: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS AT CHICAGO CUBS

Series: Tied at 1-1
Where:
 Wrigley Field, Chicago
Gametime: 6:00 p.m.
TV: TBS
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Sunny, 72 degrees, wind 20 mph
Starting pitchers: STL LHP Michael Wacha (17-7, 3.38 ERA) / CHC RHP Jake Arrieta (22-6, 1.77 ERA)

Game 3 of the Cardinals and Cubs shifts the NLDS back to Chicago for the first playoff game at Wrigley Field since 2008. Monday will also feature a great pitching matchup between Jake Arrieta – perhaps the favorite for NL Cy Young – and Michael Wacha, who at 24 is already a postseason legend of sorts. Wacha was brilliant in 2013 when the Cardinals reached the World Series and earned NLCS MVP honors.

Arrieta, though, has already shined in this years playoffs. He tossed an 11-strikeout shutout against the Pirates in the Cubs’ NL Wild Card win. Arrieta has been historically good over the last few months and having him now pitch in the friendly confines of Wrigley should only help.

NLDS GAME 3: LOS ANGELES DODGERS AT NEW YORK METS

Series: Tied at 1-1
Where:
 Citi Field, New York
Gametime: 8:30 p.m.
TV: TBS
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Partly cloudy, 64 degrees, wind 5 mph
Starting pitchers: LAD LHP Brett Anderson (10–9, 3.69 ERA) / NYM RHP Matt Harvey (13-8, 2.71 ERA)

The nightcap of Monday’s four playoff games will feature the postseason debut of Matt Harvey, the former NL Rookie of the Year who is in his first year back from Tommy John surgery. There was a lot made of his inning restrictions down the stretch of the regular season, as the Mets did their best to save him for the playoffs. Now we get to see how he actually does on the big stage.

Harvey saw the Dodgers twice this season and allowed five earned runs in 12 total innings. He is coming off a strong outing against the Nats when he allowed only one unearned run in six innings with 11 strikeouts.

Lefty Brett Anderson will pitch for L.A., as they try to regain home field advantage in this series. Anderson has made two playoff appearances before and holds a 1.42 postseason ERA.

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