And That Makes SixLast night, the Detroit Tigers eliminated the New York Yankees in the ALDS and will advance to the ALCS against the Texas Rangers in a best-of-seven series. The Tigers stretched the ALDS to a full five games, and had to defeat the Yankees in Yankee Stadium. No simple feat, but they completed their mission.
In the National League, both League Division Series will extend to a full five games as well. Tonight, the St. Louis Cardinals will battle the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park. Game 1 starters, Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter, will face-off again.
Milwaukee's Miller Park will host the fifth and deciding game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Brewers grabbed an early 2-0 series lead with wins in Games 1 and 2 at Miller Park. They were the only team in the 2011 playoffs to go up 2-0 in their LDS. The Brewers' trip to Phoenix was brutal as they suffered crushing defeats in Games 3 and 4. Yovani Gallardo and Ian Kennedy, both starters in Game 1, will face-off in Game 5.
While knowing their team's fate is on the line this afternoon, Brewers fans also realize tonight could be Prince Fielder's final game in a Brewers uniform. Rumors continue to swirl that following the 2011 season, the big first baseman will find himself on a different club. Since the Brewers signed Ryan Braun to a lofty, multi-year contract, fans and experts question where the team will find the money to keep Fielder in the fold.
Should be an eventful day of baseball.