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Postseason Picture: There's a Game 7 tonight

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For the first time in the 2018 postseason, there will be a Game 7, as the Dodgers and Brewers square off in one game for the National League pennant on Saturday night after Milwaukee beat Los Angeles, 7-2, in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series at Miller Park on Friday. Jesus Aguilar drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and an eighth-inning single to cap the scoring. 

The Red Sox won the American League pennant with a 4-1 victory over the defending World Series champion Astros in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on Thursday night. Starter David Price was dominant over six innings, and Rafael Devers belted a three-run homer in the sixth as Boston advanced to its first World Series since 2013. Price yielded only three hits and struck out a postseason career-high nine.

For the first time in the 2018 postseason, there will be a Game 7, as the Dodgers and Brewers square off in one game for the National League pennant on Saturday night after Milwaukee beat Los Angeles, 7-2, in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series at Miller Park on Friday. Jesus Aguilar drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and an eighth-inning single to cap the scoring. 

The Red Sox won the American League pennant with a 4-1 victory over the defending World Series champion Astros in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on Thursday night. Starter David Price was dominant over six innings, and Rafael Devers belted a three-run homer in the sixth as Boston advanced to its first World Series since 2013. Price yielded only three hits and struck out a postseason career-high nine.

Here is a full breakdown of where things stand, with key dates for the LCS and World Series, as well as a complete breakdown of home-field advantage through the Fall Classic. 

Bracket

NL Championship Series (2-3-2 format): Dodgers vs. Brewers (series tied, 3-3)
Game 7, Saturday at 8:09 p.m. ET on FS1

It all comes down to one game for the NL pennant, with the Dodgers seeking to reach the World Series for the second consecutive year, and the Brewers seeking their first Fall Classic berth since their only appearance in 1982, when they lost to the Cardinals in seven games.

Video: NLCS Gm6: Brewers plate 4 runs in the 1st on FS1

Los Angeles will turn to rookie right-hander Walker Buehler with a trip to the World Series on the line. Buehler was strong during the regular season, posting a 2.62 ERA in 24 appearances (23 starts), as well as the NL West tiebreaker with the Rockies, in which he tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings. But the 24-year-old has struggled so far in the postseason, having given up nine runs in 12 innings (6.75 ERA) between starts in the NL Division Series against the Braves and the NLCS against the Brewers. In NLCS Game 4, he gave up four runs in seven innings in a 4-0 loss.

The Brewers will give the ball to veteran right-hander Jhoulys Chacin as they try to advance to the World Series for the second time in franchise history. Chacin has been stellar in his first postseason, tossing 10 1/3 scoreless frames in two starts, one in the NLDS against the Rockies and one in NLCS Game 3 at Dodger Stadium.

Video: NLCS Gm6: Knebel fans Machado to escape jam on FS1

Both clubs had to go to their bullpens early on in Game 6, with Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu going three innings, and the Brewers' Wade Miley going 4 1/3. But dominant left-hander Josh Hader hasn't been called upon since Game 4, and Clayton Kershaw, who started Games 1 and 5, will be available should the Dodgers need him in relief.

The last time the Dodgers played in a Game 7 of a postseason series was in last year's World Series loss to the Astros. Los Angeles last played an NLCS Game 7 in 1988, beating the Mets en route to an eventual World Series victory over the A's. The only postseason Game 7 in which the Brewers have ever played was Game 7 of the 1982 World Series against the Cardinals, a 6-3 loss.

World Series presented by YouTube TV (2-3-2 format)
Red Sox vs. Dodgers or Brewers, Game 1 at Fenway Park on Tuesday at 8:09 p.m. ET on FOX

Boston has reached the Fall Classic for the first time in five years, and for the fourth time since breaking an 86-year drought by sweeping the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series. The Red Sox have won in each of their last three trips to the World Series ('04, '07 and '13), and haven't lost a World Series since 1986 against the Mets. The only current Red Sox player who was on the roster the last time Boston was in the World Series is Dustin Pedroia, who played in only three games this season due to a knee injury, and won't return until 2019.

Video: ALCS Gm5: Devers clubs clutch 3-run HR off Verlander

With ace Chris Sale unable to start ALCS Game 5 because he was still recovering from a stomach ailment, the left-hander will be well-rested for a potential start in Game 1 of the World Series. In three appearances (two starts) this postseason (starts in ALDS Games 1 and ALCS Game 1), Sale has a 3.48 ERA, with opponents hitting .171 against him.

Home-field advantage in the World Series is no longer based on the result of the All-Star Game. Home field (Games 1-2 and 6-7) in this best-of-seven series goes to the team with the higher regular-season winning percentage, regardless of whether the team is a Wild Card winner or a Division Series winner. That's the Red Sox, whether they face the Dodgers or the Brewers, by virtue of Boston's 108-54 regular-season record.

Video: ALCS Gm5: J.D. Martinez smashes a solo HR to left

Though the Red Sox went 57-24 at Fenway Park during the regular season, they are 2-2 there this postseason, and undefeated so far on the road, clinching both the ALDS (Yankee Stadium) and the ALCS (Minute Maid Park) away from home.