Big games today. The White Sox have a chance to clinch tonight in Anaheim. The Astros have a chance to take a decisive lead in their series, but the banged-up Cardinals have a chance to tie it up.
It's not clear whether Reggie Sanders or Abraham Nunez will be able to go today for the Cardinals. They need at least one, if not both, of those guys. Aside from both guys being key contributors to the Cardinals all year, this is the playoffs - not the regular season. The Cardinals can't just dig into their minor leagues to replace Sanders or Nunez. If either player can't go, the Cards bench is that much shorter.
I'm confused about the start times. Everything I'm reading says 4 for the early game and 7:30 for the late game, but I'm pretty sure that's just when the television coverage starts.
Here's today's matchup:
NL - 4:30: Cardinals (Suppan) at Astros (Backe)
AL - 8:15: White Sox (Contreras) at Angels (Byrd)
And the playoffs wouldn't be complete without ichthyomancy:
|Person||STL @ HOU||CHW @ LAA||Player||AAB|
|Carolina||Cardinals||White Sox||Konerko||Cotts: 1 scoreless inning|
|Craig||Astros||White Sox||Ensberg||Astros: 5 2B|
|Jsprt05||Cardinals||White Sox||Pujols||Crede: involved in clinching out|