The San Francisco Giants defeated the Washington Nationals last night, 3-2, to win their NLDS 3 games to 1. The winning run scored on a wild pitch.
They will face the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. The Cardinals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, also by a 3-2 score, to also win their division series 3 games to 1. Matt Adams 3-run HR off of Clayton Kershaw in the bottom of the seventh decided the game.
Kershaw was 21-3, 1.77 for the Dodgers this year, but lost both of his starts against the Cardinals in the series. In fact, he’s lost his last four postseason starts. The Cards have his number.
With the ALCS already set, Baltimore Orioles vs. Kansas City Royals, some observations.
Both teams that won the one-game wild card playoff are still alive. (SF and KC).
The two teams that were the #1 seeds are eliminated (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Washington).
Hopes for a Beltway Series (Balt./Wash)., and Freeway Series (Dodgers/Angels) are gone. Same with a BART Series (A’s/Giants, as what happened in 1989 with the earthquake). Any kind of all California WS are gone.
There is still hope for an I-70 series between KC and St. Louis, which happened in 1985.
For the two AL teams, if Baltimore wins, it’ll be their first WS appearance since they won it all in 1983. For KC, it would be their first WS appearance since winning it all in 1985.
In the NL, SF and St. Louis are familiar. SF won it all in 2010 and 2012. Will the even year of 2014 work for them? Meanwhile, St. Louis lost the WS in 2004, won it in 2006, won it in 2011 and lost it last year (2013). In fact, if you throw in the Phillies getting to back-to-back WS in 2008 (winning) and 2009 (losing), the last team other than the Giants, Cardinals or Phillies to win the NL pennant was the Colorado Rockies in 2007.