The MLB Divisional playoffs continue on Thursday as the teams try to take control of their series and move closer to the league championship. There are also some great games in the NFL as Week 6 continues on Sunday. Here’s a look at some of the upcoming featured matchups.
Braves And Phillies Battle In Game 3
The Atlanta Braves will visit the Philadelphia Phillies as their NL Division Series moves to Citizen’s Bank Park, tied at one game apiece. Atlanta struggled in game one, taking a 7-6 loss at home, but rebounded to shut out the Phillies in Game 2 behind a strong performance on the mound by Kyle Wright to win 3-0.
Philadelphia started strong in this series after sweeping the New York Mets in two games in the Wild Card round. However, their bats went cold in Game 2 on Wednesday, and they’re now playing at home with one of their best pitchers taking the mound. The Phillies have a chance to take the series with two wins at Citizen’s Bank Park after stealing the first game in Atlanta.
Spencer Strider (11-5, 2.67 ERA) makes his first playoff start for the Braves tonight and will be up against Aaron Nola (11-13, 3.25 ERA) for Philadelphia.
Philadelphia wins a close game to go up 2-1 in the series.
Dodgers Look For Series Lead In San Diego
The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres meet for Game 3 of the NLDS. The Dodgers took Game 1 with a 5-3 victory, with the Padres answering to win Game 2 by an identical score. Los Angeles looks to regroup and prevent a loss on the road, which would put a lot of pressure on the team with the best record in the NL. They dominated the Padres in the regular season, winning 14 of the 19 matchups.
The Padres can take command of this series with a win at home tonight. If they can take advantage of their home field to win the next two games, they won’t have to worry about returning to Dodger Stadium until next season and will make their first trip to the NL Championship Series for the first time since 1998.
Tony Gonsolin (16-1, 2.14 ERA) starts this game for the Dodgers against the Padres’ Blake Snell (8-10, 3.38 ERA) in this crucial Game 3.
The Dodgers get the road win to take the lead in the series.
Bills Look For Redemption In Kansas City
The Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs battle for supremacy in the AFC in a rematch of last season’s exciting overtime playoff game won by the Chiefs 42-36. Buffalo is the only team in the NFL that ranks in the top two in scoring offense and scoring defense and is beating opponents by an average of 18.2 points per game. Josh Allen is putting up some big numbers so far this season and threw for 424 yards and four touchdowns last Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Kansas is the team with the top-scoring offense in the league, at 31.8 points per game. However, they’re not as good as Buffalo on defense and are ninth in points allowed at 25 per game. The Chiefs fell behind the Las Vegas Raiders 17-0 last weekend but rallied behind Travis Kelce’s four touchdowns to come back and take a 30-29 victory.
Buffalo wins on the road in a shootout.