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Division Series Day 5 open thread: Red Sox and Giants staring down sweeps

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With one series settled, the three others are in action on a busy Monday.

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Boston Red Sox Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Rain in Boston yesterday guaranteed at least one more day of life in the Red Sox season, but they are still in dire straits. The Indians have them facing elimination at Fenway Park, and Boston must turn to Clay Buchholz to save their season. Cleveland is just one win away from an ALCS date with the Blue Jays, but they cannot get complacent in the vaunted Hall of Doubles (copyright Gregory Picard Kirkland). The Giants are also on the verge of getting swept by the Cubs, but at least they can give the ball to a slightly more reliable arm in Madison Bumgarner. Word on the street is that he is decent in the playoffs. That is a crazy good pitching matchup though, as Jake Arrieta pitches for the Cubs.

Before either of those potential series-enders gets underway though, the Nationals and Dodgers will play Game 3 of their Division Series in Los Angeles. That's the only one of the four sets that did not end Game 2 with one team up 2-0, and it's not difficult to see why. They are very well-matched with each other, and it would not be a shocker at all to see this one go back to D.C. for a decisive Game 5. One team will have a chance to win it in four games tomorrow though, but it's anyone's guess who it will be.

Enjoy all the baseball though! There's a very real chance that this will be the last time all year that there will be three games on in one day. I will accept that sacrifice for a Cleveland sweep.

NLDS Game 3: Nationals vs. Dodgers
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, CA)
4:08 pm, MLB Network
Gio Gonzalez vs. Kenta Maeda

ALDS Game 3: Indians vs. Red Sox
Fenway Park (Boston, MA)
6:08 pm, TBS
Josh Tomlin vs. Clay Buchholz

NLDS Game 3: Cubs vs. Giants
AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA)
9:38 pm, FS1
Jake Arrieta vs. Madison Bumgarner

Today's Lineups

WASHINGTON NATIONALS LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Trea Turner - CF Howie Kendrick - LF
Jayson Werth - LF Justin Turner - 3B
Daniel Murphy - 2B Corey Seager - SS
Bryce Harper - RF Yasiel Puig - RF
Anthony Rendon - 3B Adrian Gonzalez - 1B
Ryan Zimmerman - 1B Yasmani Grandal - C
Danny Espinosa - SS Charlie Culberson - 2B
Jose Lobaton - C Joc Pederson - CF
Gio Gonzalez - LHP Kenta Maeda - RHP
CLEVELAND INDIANS BOSTON RED SOX
Carlos Santana - DH Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Jason Kipnis - 2B Brock Holt - 3B
Francisco Lindor - SS Mookie Betts - RF
Mike Napoli - 1B David Ortiz - DH
Jose Ramirez - 3B Hanley Ramirez - 1B
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF Xander Bogaerts - SS
Coco Crisp - LF Andrew Benintendi - LF
Tyler Naquin - CF Sandy Leon - C
Roberto Perez - C Jackie Bradley - CF
Josh Tomlin - RHP Clay Buchholz - RHP
CHICAGO CUBS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Dexter Fowler - CF Denard Span - CF
Kris Bryant - 3B Brandon Belt - 1B
Anthony Rizzo - 1B Buster Posey - C
Jorge Soler - LF Hunter Pence - RF
Ben Zobrist - RF Angel Pagan - LF
Addison Russell - SS Brandon Crawford - SS
Javier Baez - 2B Joe Panik - 2B
Miguel Montero - C Conor Gillaspie - 3B
Jake Arrieta - RHP Madison Bumgarner - LHP