Major League Baseball has announced the schedule for each of the first three games in the American League and National League Division Series.Per MLB Communications on Twitter … mer-jersey , the two National League series will kick things off Thursday, starting at 5:07 p.m. ET and 8:37 p.m. ET. The American League will join the festivities Friday:MLB Communications MLB_PRBelow are start times for Division Series games through Sunday, October 7th. FS1 or MLB Network will exclusively cover all National League Division Series games, while TBS will exclusively televise all American League Postseason action. #Postseason y9OZQzziZGTwo Division Series matchups are set鈥攐ne in each league. They also feature last year's World Series participants.The Houston Astros will begin their title defense at home by taking on the 2016 AL champion Cleveland Indians, starting Friday at 2:05 p.m. ET. Game 1 will feature two of MLB's best pitchers, as Justin Verlander is set to battle Corey Kluber.The reigning NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers, who won their sixth straight NL West title with a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday, will square off against the Atlanta Braves beginning Thursday.The No. 1 seeds in both leagues鈥攖he Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox鈥攁wait the Wild Card Game winners. The NL matchup is set for Tuesday as the Rockies travel to Wrigley Field to take on the Chicago Cubs.The Red Sox will face either the Oakland Athletics or New York Yankees at Fenway Park on Friday at 7:32 p.m. ET.If any Division Series extends beyond Game 3, MLB will announce start times for those games on a later date. Boston doesn't have many holes in a lineup that's cranked out MLB highs in OPS (.801) and runs (530), but there's a big one at third base. According to Baseball Reference … ela-jersey , the Red Sox rank 29th in wins above replacement at the position.Rafael Devers, 21, is a special talent, but he owns just a .241/.292/.424 slash line, and his minus-nine defensive runs saved place him among the worst defenders at the hot corner. Plus, there's now a question of whether his left shoulder inflammation will linger.Third base is where Machado averaged 5.3 WAR per year from 2013 to 2017 before he moved to shortstop for his walk year. He indicated to Marc Carig of The Athletic that he's not interested in moving back:Marc Carig MarcCarig鈥淚鈥檓 a shortstop. I play shortstop.鈥?- Manny Machado, when asked if he鈥檇 move back to third base if traded to contender.If Machado were to land in Boston, however, the Red Sox might not have much trouble convincing him to do what's good for him.He may fancy himself a shortstop, but his minus-20 DRS suggest he's not nearly as good there as he was at third base … son-jersey , where he won two Gold Gloves. Xander Bogaerts is no prize in his own right at shortstop, but he's a better defender than Machado has been. Besides, Bogaerts' experience at third base is limited and not encouraging.Meanwhile, Machado certainly has the bat for the hot corner. Despite a lull in June, he's working on a career year highlighted by a .315/.387/.575 slash line and 24 home runs. His strikeout rate is down, and his walk rate and power are up.Granted, Machado has done the bulk of his mashing at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. But when looking at all the line drives and fly balls he's hit this season overlaid at Fenway Park, there's little reason to think his game wouldn't translate to Boston:Image courtesy of BaseballSavant.MLB.comThe Red Sox would also stand to benefit from Machado's years of experience within the AL East. Specifically, his experience against the Yankees. He's hit 22 career home runs against them, including six in 2018 alone.Boston could therefore be thrilled to have Machado for a second-half schedule that features 10 games against New York. For that matter Derek Holland Jersey , also on the Red Sox's slate are seven games against the Cleveland Indians, four games against the Philadelphia Phillies and three apiece against the Astros and Atlanta Braves.With Machado on their side, the Red Sox could tear right through the second half and blow away the franchise's high-water mark of 105 wins, set all the way back in 1912. They're on pace for 112 wins as is. The leap from there to 117 may only be Machado-sized.In all likelihood, this is merely an extremely unlikely hypothetical. There's a far greater probability of Machado landing with the Phillies, Indians, Dodgers,Milwaukee Brewers,or鈥攇asp!鈥攖he Yankees. Those five teams have the incentive and, above all Buster Posey Jersey , the assets to deal for him.And yet, it seems the door is being left open for the Red Sox. And if ever there were an executive to take advantage of such an opportunity, it's Dave Dombrowski. Among the superstars the Red Sox president of baseball operations has traded for over the years are Miguel Cabrera, David Price, Craig Kimbrel and Chris Sale. Machado would be a suitable addition to the collection.And in this case, the potential prize is nothing short of a historic finish to an already spectacular year. Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, FanGraphs and Baseball Savant.