MLB Playoffs Daily: NLCS gets underway, Rays seek to expand ALCS lead

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Monday brings us the first of what could be six consecutive days of League Championship Series doubleheaders, which would be an unprecedented run of playoff baseball at the highest stakes. Such are the 2020 MLB playoffs.

The action starts with Game 2 of the ALCS, with the Rays already looking to take a 2-0 series lead. The nightcap is Game 1 of the Braves-Dodgers NLCS, which pits two of the game’s top offenses against each other.

Here’s a breakdown of the games, some numbers to know, a hot take of the day and more as you prep for Monday’s twin bill.

Key links: Power Rankings | Predictions | Schedule, bracket | Playoff Baseball Classic

What’s on tap

All times Eastern; all series best-of-seven played at neutral sites

Game 2: No. 6 Houston Astros (Lance McCullers Jr.) vs. No. 1 Tampa Bay Rays (Charlie Morton), 4:07 p.m. in San Diego

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