Cleveland ace Corey Kluber silenced Toronto's booming bats and set up a 2-0 win for the Indians in Friday's opening game of the American League Championship Series.
Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw did his job in an unfamiliar closer role to secure a 4-3 win for the Dodgers at Washington on Thursday, clinching the series and advancing to the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs moved a step closer to ending their century-old World Series drought by taking a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory at San Francisco on Tuesday, sealing a 3-1 win in their National League Division Series.
They piled on Joe Panik at home plate in celebration, and just as has been the case so many times before with everything on the line in October, San Francisco's baseball season was extended another day.
The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 on Sunday night to sweep their AL Division Series while the Washington Nationals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 to even their NL series at 1-all.
Best in the major leagues during the regular season, the Chicago Cubs are one win from reaching the National League Championship Series for the second straight year after beating the San Francisco Giants 5-2 on Saturday.
Toronto and Cleveland both won on Friday to take 2-0 series leads in their respective American League Division Series, putting Texas and Boston on the brink of swift eliminations.
Toronto's Marco Estrada held Texas scoreless into the ninth inning as the Blue Jays cruised to a 10-1 win over the Rangers on Thursday in the opening game of their American League Division Series.
San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner pitched a complete-game shutout and Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Giants a 3-0 win at the New York Mets on Wednesday in the National League wildcard game.
It turns out that October isn't just for aces.