The Houston Astros are heading to the World Series for the second time in three Seasons

With the New York Yankees tying the game at four in the top of the ninth-inning on a two-run homer by D.J. LeMahieu off of Roberto Osuna, the Houston Astros needed to find some heroics themselves.

New York’s closer Aroldis Chapman retired the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth-inning and he walked George Springer with two outs.

Jose Altuve was the next batter up and he saw a curveball and crushed it to left-center and it was a walk-off two-run homer that sends Houston to the World Series for the second time in three seasons, in a 6-4 Game 6 win over the Yankees.

Altuve was the ALCS MVP in this series and it would not be surprising to see him win the World Series MVP if the Astros were able to find a way to beat the Washington Nationals in the World Series.

Houston struck first in Game 6 in the first-inning on a three-run homer by Yuli Gurriel off of Chad Greene.

Gary Sanchez had an RBI single for New York in the second-inning.

Gio Urshela hit a solo homer for the New York Yankees in the fourth-inning off of Jose Urquidy.

Alex Bregman had an RBI groundout in the sixth-inning for the Houston Astros and it allowed Jose Altuve to score from first base.

Roberto Ozuna (1-1) was the winning pitcher in this game for Houston and he also blew a save in this game. Ozuna pitched one inning and gave up two hits and two runs. He also struck out two batters.

Aroldis Chapman (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this gamr for New York. He pitched 0.2 innings and Chapman gave up one hit and two runs. He walked one batter and struck out one.

Chad Green was the starting pitcher in this game for the Yankees. He pitched one inning and gave up two hits and three runs. Green walked one batter and struck out one.

Brad Peacock was the starting pitcher in this game for the Astros. He pitched 1.2 innings and gave up two hits and one run. Peacock walked one batter and struck out two.

The New York Yankees season ends in disappointment. This team won 104 games during the regular season and their expectations of winning the World Series fell short.

General Manager Brian Cashman needs to find a way to acquire or sign some starting pitching in the offseason.

The Houston Astros are in the World Series for the third time in franchise history. They will look for their second World Series title in franchise history. Houston won it all in 2017 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games.

The Astros beat them in a Game 7 on the road by a score of 5-1.

Game 1 of the World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros will be on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The projected starting pitchers for this game is unknown.

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Astros Are 1 win away from Heading Back to the World Series

Game 4 of the ALCS between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees was supposed to be played on Wednesday night but because of the rain, it was moved to Thursday night.

With Houston trailing 1-0 in the third-inning, George Springer hit a three-run homer off of Masahiro Tanaka and the Astros never looked back. They won Game 4 over the New Yoek by a score of 8-3.

Houston delivered the official blow to the Yankees in the sixth-inning when Carlos Correa hit a three-run homer off of Chad Green.

Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York was dead silent.

Gary Sanchez hit a two-run homer for New York in the sixth-inning off of Josh James.

Yordan Alavarez reached base on a fielding-error by Gleyber Torres and it allowed Alex Bregman to score from third base in the eighth-inning.

Michael Brantley hit an RBI single in the ninth-inning for the Houston Astros.

Ryan Pressly (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for Houston. He pitched 0.2 innings and Pressly walked one batter and he struck out two.

Mashario Tanaka (1-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for the Yankees. He pitched five innings and gave up four hits and four runs. Tanaka walked two batters and struck out one batter.

Zack Greinke was the starting pitcher in this game for the Astros. He pitched 4.1 innings and Greinke gave up three hits and one run. He walked one batter and struck out five batters.

Houston is one win away from the World Series. If they win Game 5 on Friday night, this would be the second time in three seasons that the Houston Astros would be heading to the World Series.

They won it all in 2017 against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston won the series in seven games on the road.

One of the biggest problems in this series for the New York Yankees has been trying to score with runners on base. Dating back to Game 2, they are 0-for-14.

They also committed three errors in Game 4.

The projected pitchers in this game will be Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) for Houston and James Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA) for New York.

 

 

Nationals Advance to World Series for First Time in Franchise History

The Washington Nationals were on the verge of reaching the World Series for the first time in franchise history heading into Game 4 at home of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Washington scored seven runs in the first-inning and that is all they would need to score in a 7-4 victory in Game 4 over St. Louis.

This is the first time in franchise history that the Nationals are heading to the World Series.

The only other franchise to have yet to reach a World Series in franchise history is the Seattle Mariners. They have not reached the playoffs since 2001.

Washington scored those runs in the first-inning on a Anthony Rendon sacrifice fly, a Juan Soto RBI double, a Victor Robles RBI single, a Yan Gomes two-run single, and a Trea Turner two-run single.

Yadier Molina hit a solo homer for the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth-inning off of Patrick Corbin.

St. Louis was able to score three runs in the fifth-inning on a Tommy Edman RBI groundout which allowed Harrison Bader to score and a two-run double by Jose Martinez.

The Cardinals did have some chances in later in the game. Matt Carpenter pinched hit in the eighth-inning with two outs and he grounded out.

Patrick Corbin (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for the Washington Nationals. He pitched five innings and gave up four hits and four runs. Corbin walked three batters and struck out 12.

Dakota Hudson (0-1) was the losing pitcher for St. Louis. He pitched 0.1 innings and gave up five hits and seven runs. Hudson walked a batter and he did not strike out anybody.

Daniel Hudson recorded his second save of the series for Washington. He pitched 1.1 innings and Hudson walked a batter.

The Nationals will either play the New York Yankees or the Houston Astros in the World Series which begins next Tuesday, October 22. Washington will be on the road to start the series and they will have to wait for their opponent. It will either be at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx or at Minute Maid Park, in Houston Texas.

 

 

Yankees Take Down Astros in Game 1

Gleyber Torres was the energizer bunny for the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the ALCS on the road against the Houston Astros.

Torres went 3-for-5 with one home run and four RBI’s in a 7-0 win for New York over Houston.

He hit a home run in the sixth-inning off of Zack Greinke. It was a solo shot and Giancarlo Stanton also hit a solo shot off of Greinke in that inning as well to go up 3-0 for the Yankees.

Gleyber Torres hit an RBI double in the fourth-inning and he also busted the game open on a 2-run single with two outs in the seventh-inning.

Gio Urshela hit a solo shot off of Bryan Abreu in the ninth-inning for New York.

Gleyber Torres also had an RBI groundout in the ninth-inning as well for the New York Yankees and D.J. LeMahieu scored on the play from third base.

Masahiro Tanaka (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for New York. He pitched six scoreless innings and he only gave one hit. Tanaka walked one batter and struck out four.

He was yanked from the game after 68 pitches. Manager Aaron Boone decided to go his bullpen in the seventh-inning despite Masahiro Tanaka’s strong start. Boone is lucky he did not get burned.

Zack Greinke (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for the Astros. He pitched six innings and gave up seven hits and three runs. Greinke walked zero batters and struck out six.

This is going to be a long series, but I don’t expect blowouts in every single game. The projected pitching match up for Game 2 on Sunday night in Houston, Texas will be James Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA) for New York and Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) for Houston.

Astros Advance to ALCS For Third Straight Season

The Houston Astros had a ton of pressure on themselves heading into Game 5 at home of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa Bay had everything to gain and Houston had everything to lose.

The Astros took care of business early by scoring four runs in the first-inning and Houston won Game 5 over the Rays by a score of 6-1.

Jose Altuve had an RBI single, Alex Bregman had a two-run double, and Yuli Gurriel had an RBI single in that first-inning for the Houston Astros.

Tampa Bay responded in the second-inning on a solo homer by Eric Sogard.

The pitching would then take over the game, until Houston hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth-inning by Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve off of Emilio Pagan.

Gerrit Cole (2-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for the Astros. He pitched eight strong innings and gave up two hits and one run. Cole walked two batters and struck out 10.

Tyler Glasnow (0-2) was the losing pitcher in this game for the Tampa Bay Rays. He pitched 2.2 innings and gave up five hits and four runs. Glasnow didn’t walk any batters and he struck out three.

For the third consecutive season, Houston will advance to the ALCS. They lost to the Boston Red Sox in five games in the ALCS last season.

The Houston Astros will face the New York Yankees in the ALCS for the second time in three seasons. Houston beat them in seven games in 2017 en route to winning their first World Series Title in franchise history against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road in seven games.

Game 1 between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees will be on Saturday night.

 

Rays Smash Astros in Game 3; Stave Off Elimination

When Jose Altuve hit a solo homer for the Houston Astros in the top of the first-inning off of Charlire Morton, Houston thought they were going to breeze to a sweep in this series.

Instead, Kevin Kiermaier’s three-run homer in the second-inning for the Tampa Bay Rays off of Zack Greinke opened the door for Tampa Bay and they dominated in Game 3 by a score of 10-3.

Ji-Man Choi hit a solo homer in the next inning off of Greinke.

The Rays scored four more runs in the bottom of the fourth-inning on a Brandon Lowe solo homer off of Zack Greinke, Austin Meadows hit a two-run double, and Tommy Pham had an RBI single.

Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run single for the Astros in the sixth-inning.

Willy Adames hit a solo homer for Tampa Bay in the sixth-inning off of Wade Miley.

Travis d’Arnaud hit a sacrifice fly for the Tampa Bay Rays in the seventh-inning.

Charlie Morton (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for Tampa Bay. He pitched five innings and gave up three hits and one run. Morton walked two batters and struck out nine.

Zack Greinke (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for Houston. He pitched 3.2 innings and gave up five hits and six runs. Greinke walked one batter and struck out five.

The projected starting pitchers for Game 4 will be Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) for the Houston Astros and Diego Castillo (5-8, 3.41 ERA) for the Tampa Bay Rays. That game will be on Tuesday afternoon at 4:15 p.m. Eastern if the Minnesota Twins beat the New York Yankees on Monday night.

If New York beats Minnesota, game time will then be set for 7:07 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday night.

Cardinals Force Game 5 Against Braves

The St. Louis Cardinals were down 4-3 at home in the bottom of the eighth-inning against the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis was also down 2-1 in the series. With a loss, the Cardinals would be packing for the season and Atlanta would be moving onto the NLCS.

Instead, Yadier Molina tied the game up in the bottom of the eighth-inning on an RBI single off of Shane Greene and Freddie Freeman also robbed him of a base hit and it went off the tip of his glove.

Molina also hit the game winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning and Kolten Wang scored from third base and St. Louis won Game 4 over the Braves by a score of 5-4.

This team lives to play for another day at the moment.

Greene was the one who blew the save opportunity in this game for the Braves. He pitched 1.2 innings and gave up three hits and one run. Greene also struck out a batter and he did not walk anybody in this contest.

Paul Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna each hit solo homers in the first-inning for the St. Louis Cardinals off of Dallas Keuchel.

Ozzie Albies had a sacrifice fly in the third-inning for Atlanta.

Marcell Ozuna hit second solo homer of the game in the fourth-inning off of Keuchel.

Adam Duvall reached base on an error in the fifth-inning for the Braves. Dansby Swanson scored on the play.

Ozzie Albies hit a two-run homer later in the inning for Atlanta off of Dakota Hudson to give them a 4-3 lead.

Miles Mikolas (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for St. Louis. He pitched one scoreless inning. Mikolas was the game 1 starter.

Julio Teheran (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for the Atlanta Braves. He pitched 0.2 innings and gave up one hit and one run. Teheran also intentionally walked a batter.

Dallas Keuchel was the starting pitcher in this game for Atlanta. He pitched 3.1 innings and gave up four hits and three runs. Keuchel walked one batter and struck out four.

Dakota Hudson was the starting pitcher in this game for the Cardinals. He pitched 4.2 innings and gave up five hits and four runs. Hudson walked two batters and struck out two.

The projected starting pitchers for the win take all Game 5 will be Jack Flaherty (11-8, 2.75 ERA) for St. Louis and Mike Foltynewicz (8-6, 4.54 ERA) for Atlanta.

Nationals Bullpen Implodes in Loss Against Dodgers in Game 3

The Washington Nationals had a 2-1 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth-inning. Los Angeles busted the game open by scoring seven runs in that inning and they won game three over Washington 10-4.

This was another prime example of the Nationals bullpen imploding. Patrick Corbin (0-2) started Game 1 of this series, but he was responsible for the loss in this game.

Corbin pitched 0.2 innings and gave up four hits and six runs. He also walked two batters and struck out two. Patrick Corbin blew a save.

If Manager Dave Martinez is smart, he will not have him throw one pitch for the rest of this series.

In that sixth-inning, the Dodgers scored runs by Russell Martin on a 2-run double, Enrique Hernandez on a 2-run double, and Justin Turner on a three-run homer off of Wander Suero.

Washington had a chance to get back in the game in the sixth-inning. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly in that inning. However, it turned into a double play because of a base running error by Howie Kendrick.

Russell Martin hit a 2-run homer for Los Angeles in the ninth-inning off of Hunter Strickland.

The other runs that were scored in this game was a 2-run homer by Juan Soto for the Washington Nationals off of Hyun-Jin Ryu in the first-inning.

Max Muncy also hit a solo home run for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth-inning off of Anibal Sanchez.

Ryu (1-0) was the winning pitcher in this game for Los Angeles. He pitched five innings and gave up four hits and two runs. Hyun-Jin Ryu walked two batters and struck out three.

The Dodgers lead this series 2-1 and with a win on Monday night at Nationals Park in Washington D.C., Los Angeles will advance to the NLCS once again and then Washington would have to wait another day to advance to the NLCS for the first time in franchise history.

The projected starting pitchers in this game will be Rich Hill (4-1, 2.45 ERA) for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer (11-7, 2.92 ERA) for the Washington Nationals.

 

Gerrit Cole’s Domination Puts Rays on Brink

The Tampa Bay Rays thought they would have gotten some offense going in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros on the road after facing Justin Verlander in Game 1.

Instead, Gerrit Cole made life uncomfortable for them by pitching 7.2 strong scoreless innings and only gave up four hits. He only walked one batter and struck out 15 batters in a 3-1 win for Houston over Tampa Bay.

Cole (1-0) threw 118 pitches and 83 of them were for strikes. He was also the winning pitcher in this game for them.

With the Astros leading 3-0 in the ninth-inning, the Rays were able to make some noise in the ninth-inning and they did score one run on a Avisail Garcia RBI force out. Austin Meadows scored on the play. Tommy Pham was safe at third base and Joey Wendle was out at second base.

In the fourth-inning, Houston scored the first run of the game on a solo homer by Alex Bregman off of Blake Snell.

Snell (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for Tampa Bay. He pitched 3.1 innings and gave up four hits and one run. Blake Snell did not walk a batter and he struck out five. Snell only threw 58 pitches and it was interesting that Rays Manager Kevin Cash decided to yank him from the game that early.

Martin Maldonado had an RBI single for the Houston Astros in the seventh-inning.

Carlos Correa had an RBI single for Houston in the eighth-inning.

Will Harris came on in relief for Roberto Osuna in the ninth-inning with one out and the bases loaded. Harris struck out Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Kiermaier grounded out at first base to end the game and Harris record his first save of the postseason.

Osuna came in the game in the eighth-inning for Houston and he is the team’s closer. Roberto Osuna pitched 0.2 innings and gave up two hits and one run. He also walked two batters and struck out one.

The Tampa Bay Rays have been playing hard in this series and they might be able to win a game, but the Astros are just showing in this series that they are a few steps ahead of them when it comes to talent.

Game 3 of this series will be at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on Monday afternoon. The projected starters for this game will be Zack Greinke (18-5, 2.93 ERA) for Houston and Charlie Morton (16-6, 3.05 ERA) for Tampa Bay.

 

 

Dodgers Shutout Nationals in Game 1

The Los Angeles Dodgers did not exactly look sharp in Game 1 at home against the Washington Nationals, but there pitching was much better in that game and that is why Los Angeles won Game 1 over Washington 6-0.

Max Muncy had an RBI in the first-inning on a bases loaded walk for the Dodgers.

Patrick Corbin walked four batters in that inning. He had a rough game because Corbin (0-1) was the losing pitcher in this game for the Nationals.

He pitched six innings and gave up three hits. Patrick Corbin walked five batters and struck out nine.

In the fifth-inning, Muncy reached base on a fielding error and it allowed Cody Bellinger to score, but then Chris Taylor was thrown out at home.

Max Muncy hit a two-run single for Los Angeles in the seventh-inning.

Gavin Lux and Joc Pederson each hit solo homers for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth-inning off of Hunter Strickland.

Walker Buehler (1-0) was the winning pitcher for Los Angeles. He pitched six scoreless innings and gave up one hit. Buehler walked three batters and struck out eight.

The Dodgers have a 1-0 lead in this series and this best-of-five series will continue on Friday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

The projected starting pitchers for Game 2 will be Stephen Strasburg (18-6, 3.32 ERA) for Washington and Clayton Kershaw (16-5, 3.03 ERA) for the Dodgers.