The Astros-Indians series is relegated to all afternoon games because of Yankees-Red Sox.
1. When the Yankees completed their win against the A's on Wednesday night to set up a New York-Boston ALDS, you can be very confident that executives for TBS (which airs the AL playoffs) and for MLB basically turned into Meg Ryan during her famous scene in When Harry Met Sally.
Everyone outside of New York and Boston hates the Yankees and Red Sox, yet nothing in the sport draws ratings like the Yankees and Red Sox.
So it's not a surprise that TBS would take advantage of the series by giving them a lot of primetime slots since nothing in sports matters more than money. However, the network is giving Yankees-Red Sox all the primetime slots, relegating the Astros-Indians to nothing but afternoon games. The Astros-Indians series can move to primetime if Yankees-Red Sox ends in three or four games, but if it goes five, here's what the schedules look like:
Game 1: 7:32 pm, Friday
Game 2: 8:15 pm, Saturday
Game 3: 7:40 pm, Monday
Game 4: 8:07 pm, Tuesday
Game 5: 7:40 pm. Thursday
Game 1: 2:05, Friday
Game 2: 4:37, Saturday
Game 3: 1:30, Monday
Game 4: 4:35, Tuesday
Game 5: 4:07 Thursday
I'm a die-hard Yankees fan and even I think TBS should've thrown Astros and Indians fans a bone by giving them at least one primetime slot, especially with four of the possible five games taking place during the week when people are at work and school.
Others felt the same way.
I understand the national appeal of NYY-BOS, but for MLB not to grant HOU-CLE even one primetime game is a massive misstep. Grow the game by sharing its widespread talent, w/ two rosters loaded w/ stars like Lindor, Ramirez, Correa, Bregman, Altuve, Kluber, Bauer, Verlander, Cole— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) October 5, 2018
MLB has totally screwed Indians & Astros fans with these playoff start times. 2:07 today.. 1:32 on Monday.. 4:30 Tuesday.. 4:07 Thursday? Not exactly convenient for the working man...but--hey--gotta have Yankees/Red Sox on prime time right??— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyRadio) October 5, 2018
I cannot express how outrageous it is for the MLB to put Game 3 of Indians-Astros at 1:30 in the afternoon— Jordan Zirm (@clevezirm) October 5, 2018
On the bright side, at least this guy isn't scheduling the MLB playoffs.
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