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Cleveland Guardians 1 vs Tampa Bay Rays 0 – 15 innings

What a game…what a series.  I know most do not like pitching duels, but a total of 4 runs scored in 24 innings, is outstanding pitching, and something I enjoy.  After Shane Bieber and Shane McClanahan went toe to toe in Game 1, Tyler Glasnow and Triston McKenzie matched up pitch for pitch.

The Guardians’ McKenzie started and pitched 6 scoreless innings. He allowed 2 hits and issued 2 free passes while recording 8 strikeouts.  The first 6 Cleveland relievers allowed 1 hit combined, and 3 walks in 6.0 scoreless innings.  Sam Hentges pitched the final three scoreless innings.

For the Rays, Glasnow went the first 5.0 IP and allowed 2 singles and recorded 5 strikeouts.  The Rays’ first 6 relievers pitched 7.1 scoreless innings allowing 2 singles and issuing 3 base on balls.  In the 13th inning, Corey Kluber entered with a runner on first and one out.  He got the final two outs in the 13th inning, and then retired the side in order in the 14th.    In the 15th inning, the first batter Kluber faced was rookie RF Óscar González who slugged a 1-0 pitch over the centerfield wall to win the game and to close out the series.  The game went 0-0 into the bottom of the 15th before the walk off HR.

Tampa Bay’s pitching was outstanding.  However, Cleveland’s was simply better.  It was Cleveland’s 2 HRs against Tampa Bay’s 1 HR.  Both teams were in the bottom half of the key offensive metrics, while Tampa Bay was in the bottom 3rd.  But both were top 6 in the pitching department.

Cleveland will be facing NYY in one ALDS series.


Seattle Mariners 10 vs Toronto Blue Jays 9

This game started out all Blue Jays.  Toronto was ahead 8-1 and Kevin Gausman was pitching well through 5.0.  In the 6th, Gausman gave up 3 successive singles and then retired the next two batters without allowing a run.  After 95 pitches, the Manager John Schneider decided to turn the game over to Tim Mayza.  Mayza unleashed a wild pitch to allow 1 run to score, but then offered up a 3-run HR to Carlos Santana.

Toronto pushed across another run in the 7th inning.  But in the 8th, with Anthony Bass on the bump, the first three Mariner batters doubled, singled, and singled.  Jordan Romano was summoned and gave up a single to the first batter to load the bases.  J.P Crawford hit a pop fly in short center field that dropped amongst three Blue Jay Players with SS Bo Bichette colliding with CF George Springer.  All three Mariners baserunners scored to tie the score at 9-9, and Springer was carted off the field.

In the 9th, Cal Raleigh doubled and Adam Frazier doubled him home for the go-ahead run.

It was the biggest road comeback win in playoff history and baseball’s largest comeback victory to clinch a postseason series.  So in their 21st year since last appearing in a playoff series, they sweep Toronto 2 games to 0 and will now move on to face the Astros in the second ALDS.


Philadelphia Phillies 2 vs St. Louis Cardinals 0

Philadelphia sent out their Ace, Aaron Nola, to try and finish this series.  The Cardinals countered with Miles Mikolas.  Bryce Harper crushed a HR in the 2nd inning for a 1-0 lead.  In the 5th, Alec Bohm hit a double to lead off. He was sacrificed to 3rd with one out. After a HBP, Jordan Montgomery was asked to come in and get out of the inning.  However after a walk he gave up a sac fly to Kyle Schwarber for a 2-0 lead.

On the other side, Aaron Nola was dominant for 6.2 IP.  He gave up 4 singles, a walk, to go with 6 Ks.  Nola threw 101 pitches, 70 strikes before giving way to José Alvarado.  Alvarado walked a batter in the 8th and Seranthony Dominguez came in to face Albert Pujols as the tying run.  Pujols managed a single, and with 2 runners on, Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado were due up  Dominguez coolly strikes out both Goldschmidt and Arenado to end the threat.

Zach Eflin came in to close the game in the 9th.  He gave up 2 hits to keep the Cardinals hopes up, but Eflin got Tommy Edman to pop up to end the game and the season for the Cardinals.

The Phillies will open against the Braves on Tuesday and will go with either Kyle Gibson or Ranger Suarez.


New York Mets 7 vs San Diego Padres 3

Jacob deGrom took the hill in a must win game for NYM.  The announcers reminded us all about Game 5 in the 2016 NLDS against Zack Greinke and the Dodgers.  deGrom started out in trouble in that game but settled down to turn it over to Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia.  Same thing in Game 2 of the Wild Card.  He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. He completed 6.0 innings and threw 99 pitches. And then turned it over to Edwin Díaz and Adam Ottavino.

Ottavino got into a little trouble in the 9th  and was due to face Josh Bell with the bases loaded, representing the tying run.  Instead Buck Showalter brought in Seth Lugo who induced Bell to hit into a 3-1 ground out to end the game.

The Mets put the game away with 4 in the 7th.  With no outs recorded, Adrián Morejón gave up a single to Francisco Lindor and the loaded the bases with 2 walks.  With the infield up, Jeff McNeil hit a ground ball double into right center to score two runs.  Pierce Johnson was brought in to face Eduardo Escobar and with infield up Escobar punches it through into left field to score another run and move a runner to 3rd with nobody out.  Dan Vogelbach hit a sacrifice fly for the 4th run in the inning and 7th of the game.

The game went as best as it could go for the Dodgers.  There will be a Game 3 on Sunday which will pit NYM’s Chris Bassitt against San Diego’s Joe Musgrove.  Blake Snell threw 90 pitches (only 47 strikes) in 3.1 IP, while deGrom threw 99 pitches.  Game 3 starts at 4:07 so a cross country flight might be a factor (probably not, but who knows).

The Mets and Padres is the only Wild Card Game 3 to be played on Sunday.



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The Cardinals surprised me. Good for the Mariners. Cleveland winning was expected. And a 15 inning game today would be fine with me.

It was a full day yesterday. The Bruins are for real and SC is rounding into shape. Today the Rams take on Dallas, ooh I hates the Cowboys, and the Lakers…. never mind.


Good analysis. My initial take – after a full season it only takes going flat for a few innings to bring it all to a stop. Assume nothing.

Singing the Blue

Them is wise words, my friend. Something we all need to remember going into Tuesday.


Pitching and defense especially in a short series produces wins more often than does the long ball and weak defense. We should see a little of both in all of the series.

Most everyone I know is really mad at USC and UCLA for destroying the PAC 12 Conference. Some will even pull for Notre Dame against USC. I won’t go that far. Money keeps dominating everything.


Well said.

What I was about to say was the Pac 8-10-12-10-8 did this to themselves. You articulated how in detail. I’m a Pac 12 guy but I completely understand why these two schools did what they did. others will follow. They’ll all recruit more successfully nationally now.


USC is a private school so there is that. I don’t know why UCLA has financial issues but it might be less about revenue and more about cost.

USC fans are going to be more supportive of this move than the fans of the other PAC schools. I hope USC told the Conference what they would do if revenues were not distributed differently.


Great recap! Still don’t like that even though I subscribe for the Dodger games on MLB, I don’t get them in the post season!

Michael Norris

Lets GO PADRES the one and only time you will ever hear me say that.

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Singing the Blue

Burrows must feel like someone being led up the steps to the gallows. I wonder if they asked him if he wanted a blindfold.


He had to know it was coming. A 1.82 WHIP in 100 innings. The Dodgers can’t use that from a 26 year old.

Rams appear to be in trouble. Can’t block and secondary tackling kinda sucks. With this line the Rams need a qb that can scramble. That ain’t Stafford.

Singing the Blue

Can’t remember which broadcast I heard it on, but someone the other day mentioned that pitcher spin rates have come back almost to where they were before the crackdown. How could that be?

Take a look at this video.


Tacky balls.

Singing the Blue

Tacky chest protector


Tacky balls is funnier.

It’s always a delight when a New York team is eliminated.

Singing the Blue

“always a delight” – talk to me after the next series and I’ll let you know if I agree with that.


The Mets did look rather easily beatable didn’t they.

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