Eight teams. One trophy. But there will be many suspenseful stories before it is awarded. It's time for your Division Series predictions as the postseason gets under way Friday with both American League Division Series openers on TBS.
Rookie Matt Moore, who has 9 1/3 innings of Major League experience and was a winner in his first and only big league start, goes for the Rays opposite left-hander C.J. Wilson (16-7), who starts for the Rangers in the first game at 5:07 p.m. ET in Texas. The Rangers went 5-4 against the Rays this season. Wilson was 2-0 in three starts against the Rays.
Justin Verlander (24-5) starts for Detroit while CC Sabathia (19-8) goes for the Yankees in a battle of aces at 8:37 ET in New York. The Tigers went 4-3 against the Yankees this season. Sabathia was 0-2 against the Tigers in two starts, and Verlander had two no-decisions against the Yankees, who scored six runs in 12 innings against him in those two games.
The National League Division Series will get under way at 2:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, when right-hander Yovani Gallardo (17-10) and the Brewers square off against righty Ian Kennedy (21-4) and the D-backs. Arizona went 4-3 in regular-season matchups against Milwaukee. Gallardo went 2-0 in two starts against the D-backs, while Kennedy went earned a victory in his only start against the Brewers back on July 21.
Phils ace Roy Halladay (19-6) gets the call against righty Kyle Lohse (14-8) and the Cards at Citizens Bank Park at 5:07 p.m. ET on Saturday. St. Louis had Philadelphia's number this season, posting a 6-3 record against the Phils. Halladay kicked off the the 2010 postseason in epic fashion, tossing a no-hitter in Game 1 against the Reds. The right-handers squared off against each other on Sept. 19 in Philadelphia, with Loshe earning the victory and Halladay being handed the loss. Lohse went 1-2 in two starts this season against the Phils, while Halladay went 0-1 in two starts against the Cards.
So here we go. Untold drama, surprises, command performances, heroes and goats, it all awaits. Let's get it started.
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