MLB Playoff Daily: Cubs-Marlins, Padres-Cardinals take center stage

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ESPN.com staff

Just when it looked as if we might have only one game Friday after gorging on playoff baseball the past two days, Fernando Tatis Jr. happened and we have a postseason doubleheader: Game 2 of Marlins-Cubs and the winner-take-all Game 3 between Tatis’ Padres and the Cardinals.

Here’s what you need to know to get ready for those games, plus some amazing numbers, a spicy hot take and a look back at Thursday’s action.

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What’s on tap

All times Eastern; all series best-of-three played entirely in higher seed’s home park

Game 2: No. 6 Miami Marlins (Sixto Sanchez) at No. 3 Chicago Cubs (Yu Darvish), 2 p.m., ABC

After Thursday’s rainout, the Marlins look to extend their unexpected postseason appearance behind rookie Sanchez, whose electric stuff caused quite a buzz after his big league debut in August. He mixed in more offspeed pitches in his past two starts with poor results (nine earned runs in seven innings), so look for Sanchez to keep the heat high in Game 2. With their season on the line, the Cubs turn to

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