MLB playoff schedule, score: Braves end drought, punchless Reds; Skid trying to snap

The 2020 Major League Baseball rolls into the Best-of-Three Wild Card Series on Thursday with a five-game schedule. After going into the playoffs, it was possible to have eight games for the second-straight day, but the Rays, Yankees and Astros needed just two games to drive away their foes and advance to the divisional round. Oakland has four NL Game 2s on Thursday with Game 3 deciding.

Below are the results from Thursday and the major takeaways from the day.

Wild Card Series Schedule / Score

Finally the Braves move on; Red scorched again

First things first, yes, we have to give credit to the pitcher of the brave. In the two-game series against the Reds, the Braves originally dominated the entire pitching staff. Sure, the Reds got 11 hits in Game 1, but it was 10 singles and a double. He also scored zero times in 13 innings, striking 16 times. Max Fried and Rahat Vahini deserve credit. In Game 2, we have to credit the cheater Ian Anderson for nail biting in his post debut, in which he worked his six innings scoring. He allowed only two hits, both singles.

Let’s credit Marcel Ozuna for his two-run shot to give the Braves some breath in the eighth shot …

… and then to keep it out of the reach of Adam Duvall.

There, we’ve got all the credit for the Braves out of our way.

Now, on the Reds. The 22-inning scoring streak in the playoffs is a Major League record for a postseason start. The Reds offense was 8 for 73 (.110) in the two-game series. His five walks and one hit batsman run him to .177 on-base percentage. The slum was .181. This is only a two-game sample, obviously, and if it was the first two games of the regular season, we might call it a slow start. Instead, the Reds won 11 of their last 14 and played superb innings for 20 innings before finishing eighth on Thursday. And they are headed home for a swept winter in two games.

However, back to the end of the Braves, concludes on a positive note. The Braves eventually advanced to a playoff round. He has not done so since 2001. Since then, there have been eight NLDS losses (four of five games) with one loss in a wild-card game.

Can A win an elimination game?

The biggest story of the day definitely comes from Oakland. Not only is this the only game where both teams have a chance to end, but the entire Billy Bean-in-a-Elimination game is the factor. No, Bean does not play and he has been many different players over the years, it is more coincidence than anything else. The thing is, many people love a good narrative. During Bene’s tenure as head of the A’s front office, his ballclub has lost six Game 5s in the ALDS round. He won the 2006 ALDS before being swept away in the ALCS. He has also lost three wild card games. That means they are 0-9 in the winner-take-all playoff game under Bean. Thursday is a winner-take-all playoff game under Beene.

The Padres are seen bouncing back

The Padres had one of the best stories in baseball all year and, frankly, beyond that they were simply one of the best teams. They went 37–23, good for the best win percentage in franchise history. Only his sixth playoff berth, his first since 2006. They came out and got up early in Game 1 against the Cardinals, the playoff veterans. Can they shake any nerves in front of Game 2 or will it be far from the beginning of October for the home team?

The biggest mismatch ever to reach the playoffs was the 43–17 Dodgers hosting the 29–31 Brewers, particularly as the Brewers missed their best starting pitchers and relievers due to injury. After a 3–0 lead through two innings in Game 1, the Dodgers probably had more sweat than they wanted, but a win is a win and a resurgence of Clayton Kershaw (6-2, 2.20 ERA) Can take care of business behind) with a quick sweep of sub-500 brewers in Game 2.

Marlin-Cubs postponed due to weather

Game 2 of the best series of three between the Marlins and Cubs has been postponed to Friday. Full story here