Ranking the top 10 sports events Oct. 2-8 you won’t want to miss:
NO. 1: MLB PLAYOFFS:
NL DIVISION SERIES
DODGERS vs. DIAMONDBACKS or ROCKIES
Details/TV: Game 1 at Dodger Stadium, Friday at 7:30 p.m., TBS
So what does an MLB-best 104 victories buy the Dodgers at this point in the year?
Aside from home-field advantage, not a lot of peace of mind, to be honest.
“The whole Dodgers season — the best run in franchise history, followed by the worst run in franchise history — has been an insult to our intelligence,” writes ESPN’s Sam Miller. “They were, in mid-August, arguably the greatest team ever; there was no one on earth like them; they were blameless and upright. Then they immediately and inexplicably fell into the worst slump in the 60-year history of the team? That story’s a little derivative, don’t you think?”
Before the Dodgers even have to set their playoff roster for this NLDS, they get to see which NL West rival emerges as their opponent — either the Colorado team that won 10 of the 19 meetings in the regular season but still finished 17 games back, or the Arizona squad that won 11 of 19 against the Dodgers, including the last six in a row, highlighted by a 13-0 decision at Dodger Stadium when Robbie Ray’s 14-strikeout performance was overshadowed by J.D. Martinez’s four-homer game.
Clayton Kershaw, 3-3 in his NLDS career with a 4.10 ERA (and one key save last season), finished his regular season 2-0 against Arizona, but he hasn’t faced them since flirting with a no-hitter on July 4. He was 3-2 against Colorado, with a no-decision Saturday after giving up three runs in four innings, and the Rockies hit .280 against him as a team.
As soon as the Rockies and D’backs decide who moves on (Wednesday, 5 p.m., TBS), the Dodgers will roll out the red, white and blue bunting for the first two games of this best-of-five (with Game 2 Saturday at 6 p.m., TBS)
Also this week in the MLB playoffs:
AL wild card: Minnesota at N.Y. Yankees, Tuesday. 5 p.m., ESPN
NL Divisional Series: Chicago Cubs at Washington, Game 1, Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Game 2, Saturday at 2:30 p.m., TBS
AL Divisional Series: Boston at Houston, Game 1, Thursday at 1 p.m. and Friday at 11 a.m., FS1 or MLB Network; Game 3 at Houston, Sunday, to be determined.
AL Divisional Series: N.Y. Yankees or Minnesota at Cleveland, Game 1, Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and Friday at 2 p.m., FS1 or MLB Network; Game 3 at N.Y. or Minnesota, Sunday, to be determined.
NO. 2: WNBA FINALS