Because of the rivalry and the markets, the focus is on the Yankees/Red Sox series. You wonder how the other teams feel about that. The NL, and especially, one AL club.
With that focus on Boston/NY, Houston may be saying, “What about us? We won 103 this year, and we’re the defending WS Champs!”
And they would have every right to feel that way.
The Yanks made a couple of moves. That roster for the wild card game was only for that game so off goes Higashioka and Wade, and on goes CC and Tarpley.
Tarpley could be a shocker (or sleeper?). I saw his MLB debut on 9/2. He got in 10 games this year, no decisions, ERA 3.00.
9 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 6 W, 13 K. Walks too high, but here he will be facing the Red Sox in a postseason series, as most likely, a LOOGY.
Happ will start Game 1.
Boston has announced Sale, Price, Porcello and Eovaldi for Games 1-4.
Interesting a lot of lefties going up in Fenway. Happ, Sale, Price.
I haven’t seen the Yanks order, but after Happ, I expect Tanaka (Update: it is), then Severino, CC and then Happ. (Update: No starter named after Tanaka. Looking like 3/4 could be switched, CC then Severino?).
Happ has a 2.98 ERA or so in 21 games (20 starts) against Boston. A good record, but unconventional in that a lefty goes in Games 1 and maybe 5 up in Fenway.
Milw. won game 1 of their NLDS against Colorado. As I write this, the Dodgers have a nice lead in Game 1 over the Braves. (Update: Dodgers won 6-0).
A passing: Marty Pattin at the age of 75 yesterday. Angels 1968, Seattle Pilots 1969. Milwaukee Brewers 1970-1971, Boston 1972-1973, KC Royals 1974-1980.
Pattin faced the Yanks in the ALCS in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1980.
He was an All-Star in 1971 for the Brewers.
He won 17 in 1972 for Boston.
114-109, 3.62, ERA+ 102. Average 162 g. season? 22 Starts, 24 more in relief. 11-11, 3.62.