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The two sets of Wild Card Game participants took different paths to reach the first two games of the Major League Baseball postseason.The Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs suffered defeats in divisional tiebreakers Monday to set up a winner-takes-all game at Wrigley Field Tuesday.In the American League John Jaso Jersey , the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics put together tremendous seasons, but neither team came close to challenging Boston and Houston for their respective divisional crowns.The winner of Tuesday's National LeagueWild Card Game begins the NLDS Thursday against Milwaukee, while Wednesday's victorious side in the American League heads to Boston to begin the ALDS Friday.Wild Card Game ScheduleTuesday, October 2Colorado at Chicago Cubs (8 p.m. ET, ESPN, live stream on WatchESPN or ESPN app)Wednesday, October 3Oakland at New York Yankees (8 p.m. ET, TBS, live stream on Watch TBS app)Rockies, Cubs Face Difficult TurnaroundThe Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs enter Tuesday's NLWild Card Gamein less-than-ideal positions.Both teams lost in divisional tiebreak games Monday to force them to play for their respective playoff lives Tuesday at Wrigley.The Rockies appear to be in a worse situation than the Cubs because they had to travel to Los Angeles Monday for the NL West tiebreaker with the Dodgers and then hop on a plane east to Chicago after their loss.The Rockies and Cubs split their six-game series, but it's hard to use those games as indicators for what will occur Tuesday since they were played in April and May.In addition to holding home-field advantage http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-jordy-mercer-jersey , the Cubs possess the upper hand in the pitching matchup on paper, as Jon Lester is set to make his 22nd postseason start, while Rockies starter Kyle Freeland will make his first-ever postseason appearance.Chris Coduto/Getty ImagesWhile Freeland isn't as experienced as Lester, he enters the NLWild Card Game with victories in six of his last seven starts.During that stretch, Freeland has allowed fewer than seven hits in six starts, with the outlier coming Friday in a 5-2 win over the Washington Nationals.Although he's one of the most experienced players entering the 2018 postseason, Lester hasn't gotten past the sixth inning in his last four postseason starts.The Cubs might ask Lester to get them through the seventh inning against the Rockies since six relievers appeared in Monday's NL Central tiebreaker.Nick Wass/Associated PressConversely, four Rockies relievers trotted out to the mound after starter German Marquez in Monday's loss to the Dodgers, but with a day off for the winner ahead of the NLDS, every measure will be taken by each coaching staff to have the right pitchers on the mound in certain moments.The X-factor at the plate for the Rockies could be outfielder Matt Holliday, who is 10-for-27 in his career against Lester.Even though he'll be facing a left-handed starter Corey Dickerson Jersey , Anthony Rizzo will be the X-factor for the Cubs, as he's recorded seven hits in his last four games and has nine multihit games in September.Yankees Looking To Set Up Heated ALDS With Red SoxThe 100-win New York Yankees weren't good enough to beat out the 108-win Boston Red Sox for the AL East title, but they do have a chance to set up a best-of-five series with their rival.Michael Dwyer/Associated PressIn order for that to occur, the Yankees must conquer the one-game challenge presented by the Oakland Athletics.The Yankees captured three of their last four regular-season games, with two of those wins coming against the Red Sox.On the other hand, the Athletics alternated between a win and loss in their final seven games and fell in their regular-season finale to the Seattle Mariners.With two days between the end of the regular season and the AL Wild Card Game, both teams are taking their time naming a starting pitcher.Regardless of who starts on the mound for the Yankees and A's, they'll face a difficult test against each batter.The Yankees led the majors in home runs with 267, while Oakland ranked third with 227.Five different Yankees hit 27 or more home runs, with Giancarlo Stanton leading the way with 38 dingers. Oakland had five players reach 23 home runs, led by major league leader Khris Davis' 48.Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated PressSince both teams will be well-rested Austin Meadows Jersey , almost every player on the two rosters will be available in some capacity, with the potential ALDS Game 1 starters being the only exception.The Yankees have a slight edge because of their home-field advantage and experience from winning the ALWild Card Game over Minnesota a year ago, but that's about all that separates the two ballclubs from each other.Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90. Elsa/Getty ImagesThe New York Yankees have reportedly traded relief pitcher Adam Warren to the Seattle Mariners, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.According toMark Feinsandof MLB.com, the Yankees will receive international pool money.While the Yankees are trying to improve their own roster before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, they are apparently unafraid to deal away players on their major league roster.Warren entered Monday with a 2.70 ERA in 24 appearances, plus 37 strikeouts and just 12 walks in his 30 innings.Seattle (62-43) is four games back of the Houston Astros for first place in the American League West, although they would earn the second Wild Card spot if the season ended today. The Yankees (67-37) hold the other Wild Card position.Adding Warren helps the Mariners improve a bullpen that already has some elite arms at the back in Edwin Diaz and Chasen Bradford. The challenge has been finding consistency in the rest of the staff, with the team ranking just 14th in the majors with a 3.92 bullpen ERA, viaESPN.With the team also adding left-handed pitcher Zach Duke Monday http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-colin-moran-jersey , perGreg Johnsof MLB.com, the unit could become a strength for the stretch run of the season.Considering the organization hasn't reached the playoffs since 2001, every little bit helps in this regard.On the other hand, this is another bizarre move to weaken that could Yankees as they hope to contend in 2018.They have already traded away relievers Giovanny Gallegos and Chasen Shreve as well as utility hitter Brandon Drury in the past week. While the team has upgraded the pitching staff with the acquisitions of Zach Britton and J.A. Happ, these other moves may hurt the major league squad while it attempts to contend for a title in 2018.Still, the dealing shows the Yankees' patience in building a contender that could potentially have a large window. By adding pool money for international free agents on multiple deals, the team clearly has a plan to add even more help to an already strong farm system.
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