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MLB Playoffs: Dodgers and Braves Sweep, Yankees Force Game Five, Astros Annoy Everyone

Chicago Cubs

The teams are winnowing down, with a couple sweeps in the NL and a series win in the AL, so we almost have our LCS match-ups all set.

The Dodgers kept the drama out of this one, smoking the Padres for the sweep:

The Dodgers were the clear best team in the NL on paper this year, the clear best team in the results, and now they’re cruising through the postseason. Sometimes, the playoffs aren’t a total crapshoot.

The Dodgers will face the Braves in the NLCS, which is appropriate, as they were pretty clearly right there with the Padres as the second best team in the NL. Like the Dodgers, they completed the sweep to move on.

I will admit, it stings a little bit watching the highlights from the Braves’ wins over the Marlins in the NLDS, seeing pitchers who were at one time rumored to be possible Cubs trade targets pitching brilliantly:

Oh, also the part where the Braves keep putting up runs on the Marlins pitchers who dominated the Cubs. Sigh. The NLCS begins on Monday.

Over in the American League, the Yankees beat the Rays to force at least one game five in the LDS:

I say at least one, because, boooooooo, the Astros beat the A’s in Game Four of their series to move on the ALCS:

Facing the Rays or the Yankees, the Astros will begin the ALCS on Sunday.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.