playoff schedule 2020: Updated bracket, dates, times, TV channels for ALCS, NLCS

Baseball The postseason is entering the championship rounds.In the American League, the Rays are committed to overthrowing their "underdog" label, meeting the 2017 world champion Astros in the ALCS. The Rays took the fight to the Yankees, with Mike Brosseau delivering the final blow by way of home run to Aroldis Chapman and the Bombers, levying revenge for a near headshot from the Yankee closer in September. Even without Justin Verlander, the Astros made relatively easy work of the Athletics in the ALDS, dispatching their AL West rivals in four games. The Houston offense came alive, scoring 33 runs against the A's.In the National League, things get very interesting: the Braves exorcised playoff demons with their series wins over the Reds and Marlins and starting to very much look like the championship contender Atlanta has been tabbed to be over recent years. The Braves are facing a tough matchup in the Dodgers, who look like nothing is going to stop them en route to another World Series berth: the Dodgers, armed with dominant pitching and an explosive lineup, are looking to finally capture that elusive World Series victory, which would be th夜网论坛eir first  Sporting News will be tracking full schedule, results and more from the 2020 Championship Series. playoff bracket 2020 (Credit: SN Graphics) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/67/93/sn-mlb-playoff-bracket-division_ig6qb[......]

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free agency rumors: Mets looking at former Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress

null Baseball null The Mets need relief help. Former Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress needs a new team.Could this be a match? Jeffress, who was released by the Brewers on Sunday, is "on the Mets' radar," according to a New York Post report. He's also drawn interest from the Phillies and Reds.A 2018 All-Star, Jeffress has struggled this season, posting a 5.02 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 48 appearances. Although those numbers are nothing like the夜网论坛 1.29 ERA Jeffress had last season, they'd actually be a slight upgrade on the Mets' current situation. Edwin Diaz, himself an All-Star last season, has a 5.65 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 58 games. Jeurys Familia (6.43 ERA) has also not pitched up to his previous form. The Mets entered play Thursday 4 1/2 games out of the second NL wild-card spot, so any potential upgrade is worth consideration. However, if they do sign Jeffress, he would not be eligible for the postseason. Players had to be on an roster by Sept. 1 to qualify for a postseason roster.[......]

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