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Championship Series Day 2 Open Thread: Both series in action

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Cleveland looks to take a two-game lead over Toronto while the Dodgers and Cubs begin their series.

ALCS - Toronto Blue Jays v Cleveland Indians - Game One Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Unless the Blue Jays/Indians ALCS goes seven games and the NLCS reaches six, today will be the last weekend day of multiple baseball games in 2016. Yes, we’re already assured of at least another day early next week with double action, but it’s not the same as a weekend, when you can just relax at home all day and then catch the fun. Alas.

At least these games should be good. Cleveland rode a big two-run homer from Francisco Lindor and outstanding pitching from Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller, and Cody Allen to take an early lead in the ALCS over Toronto. Today they’ll turn to Josh Tomlin to try to put them up 2-0, but the matchup is not their favor. Lefty J.A. Happ pitches for the Blue Jays, and after his strong ALDS start against Texas, he should give the Blue Jays a very good chance to steal a game in Cleveland to even the series before they travel to Toronto for Game 3 on Monday.

Over in Chicago, the Cubs begin NLCS play against a Dodgers team that is still probably exhausted from their record-breaking four and a half hour slog in NLDS Game 5 on Thursday. After throwing 51 (!) pitches in that affair, it seems unlikely that relief ace Kenley Jansen will be available and Clayton Kershaw won’t be around as a surprise closer this time. That being said, I remember when the 2005 Angels won three games in three different cities over a three-day span between the ALDS and ALCS, so even against a juggernaut like the Cubs, the Dodgers can’t be completely written off. Kenta Maeda was rocked by the Nats though, so that is definitely concerning, especially against Jon Lester.

So here’s the game info:

ALCS Game 2: Blue Jays vs. Indians
Progressive Field (Cleveland, OH)
4:08 pm, TBS
J.A. Happ vs. Josh Tomlin

NLCS Game 1: Dodgers vs. Cubs
Wrigley Field (Chicago, IL)
8:08 pm, FS1
Kenta Maeda vs. Jon Lester

That’s right! No LCS games on basic TV. That’s a great way to keep the youth interested, baseball. Hope y’all enjoy your profits.

Anyway, join us to talk about the games and enjoy this last great weekend day of full baseball!