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Two NL East teams advancing to face each other in the MLB playoffs is no surprise. The fact that the Atlanta Braves are in the NLDS again is anything but shocking. But that they are facing the Miami Marlins — and not the Phillies, Nationals or Mets — well, nobody saw that coming.
After rolling through a Wild Card Series sweep of the Cubs, the Marlins will enter this matchup in an underdog role once again. Here’s what you need to know as the two NL East foes head to Arlington for their NLDS matchup.
Why this NLDS is worth the hype
If you wanted March Madness in October, the Marlins are for you. This is the Cinderella nobody saw coming getting past a household name in the opening round and hoping to make the run last as long as possible. Sixto Sanchez is must-watch when he’s on the mound for Miami as the emerging ace of a dynamic young pitching staff. Starling Marte came over at the trade deadline and adds a multitalented skill set to the lineup. Not many people expected to see the Marlins here, but this team