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Here's What You Should Care About Before The Major League Baseball Playoffs

It's okay, we asked for help, too.

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Don't know what the playoffs even are? It's okay. Some of us didn't either. So we asked the people in our lives to help us get caught up on the most relevant storylines heading into the MLB playoffs.


But you're gonna need more info if/when you go to your favorite sports bar (because they have free popcorn) and find yourself surrounded by knowledgeable drunks discussing the current big game. You want to be able to pretend you know what's going on.

Okay, so what's happening first?

The Houston Astros, and the New York Yankees* will play the first Wildcard game this evening at 8PM EST. The winner of this game will go on to the play the Kansas City Royals in the American League Division Series (you will hear this referred to as the ALDS.)

*Big news: one of the Yankees best pitchers will miss the playoffs to attend rehab.

Then tomorrow:

The Pittsburgh Pirates (who have been bad for a long time) play the Chicago Cubs (who haven't won a World Series since 1908 and are generally believed to have been legitimately cursed by a goat) in the second Wildcard game. The winner goes on to play the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series (NLDS.)


If you're going to arbitrarily root for one team, the Mets are a safe choice.

Basically, just regurgitate any of the sentences or phrases from any of these texts and you should be able to get by in a bar.