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Washington stuns Houston to win WS

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In a World Series in which EVERY GAME WAS WON BY THE ROAD TEAM, Washington, the biggest WS underdog since 2007, stunned Houston by winning Game 7 6-2.

It is only the second time Washington, D.C. has the World Series Champ, and it’s the first time since 1924. That team then became the Minnesota Twins in 1961.

This team started its existence as the Montreal Expos in 1969, and this is the first title in franchise history. This, the year after Bryce Harper, the face of the franchise the past few years, left to go to the Phillies in free agency.

Stephen Strasburg was named WS MVP.

Washington stunningly won the WS after starting the season 19-31. They didn’t even win their division. Down in the wild card game, they caught a break in the eighth inning against Milwaukee when Milwaukee’s RF overran the ball in trying to gun down a runner at the plate (the tying run) and as a result, the winning run came around to score.

Then in the NLDS, they took down the 106=win Dodgers. Down in the eighth inning of Game 5, they hit two HR off of Clayton Kershaw to tie the game and got a grand slam by Howie Kendrick in extra innings to win the game and series. They then swept the Cardinals in the NLCS.

In the World Series, they dispatched the 107-win Astros in unconventional fashion, winning all four games in Houston while losing all three games at home. Who’d have thought?

The Astros got off to a 2-0 lead. Yuri Gurriel hit a solo HR in the second off Max Scherzer, and Carlos Correa an RBI single in the fifth. Scherzer, who couldn’t start Game 5 because of a sore neck and who received a shot for the pain, started Game 7 and was not sharp, but kept his team in the game, giving up just two runs in five innings despite being in and out of trouble the whole time.

In the seventh, Washington took the lead with three runs. Anthony Rendon homered to cut the lead to 2-1. Juan Soto walked. Houston manager A.J. Hinch then pulled starter Zack Grienke, a move I wondered about at the time. Grienke had only given up the one run on two hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Reliever Will Harris replaced Greinke and gave up a two-run HR to Kendrick that hit the foul pole. 3-2 Nats, and they never looked back. Harris took the loss.

Patrick Corbin (who I wanted the Yanks to get last offseason when Corbin was a free agent) wound up with the win with three scoreless innings of relief.

Per MLB.com, Kendrick is the first player with multiple go-ahead home runs in the seventh inning or later in winner-take-all games in a single postseason. He also is just the second player to hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning or later while their team was trailing in a World Series winner-take-all game. The other was Hal Smith in 1960—the Bill Mazeroski game.

A walk to Adam Eaton, SB and RBI single by Juan Soto made it 4-2 Washington in the eighth.

The Nats tacked two more on in the ninth on a bases-loaded, 2 RBI single by Eaton. Washington got eight of their nine hits in the last three innings as Houston’s bullpen imploded.

 

 

 

ALCS Game 3. Yanks fall 4-1, trail in Series 2 games to 1. Nats win NL.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Since May 22, Gerrit Cole has been unbeatable, going 19-0 in 25 starts with a 1.59 ERA. Incredible.

He was vulnerable against the Yankees, giving up 5 walks and 4 hits in his seven innings of work, but no runs.

Luis Severino was OK, but gave up a HR in the first to Jose Altuve (Altuve kills the Yankees) and another in the second to Josh Reddick and that is all Cole needed. Houston wins Game 3 of the ALCS, 4-1, and is up two games to one in the series.

The Yanks have a couple of problems. For one, manager Aaron Boone has to wonder if he should bench Gary Sanchez and start Austin Romine instead. Sanchez is 1 for 13 in this series with six strikeouts. For the whole postseason, he is 2 for 21 with 10 strikeouts. He also couldn’t block a WP that enabled Houston to score a run.

In a post-game interview, Boone said no when asked about going to Romine. I think he may be making a mistake.

Another is Adam Ottavino, who came into Game 3 with the score 2-0 in the top of the seventh. Ottavino isn’t getting anyone out and gave up a walk and a single before being pulled. Both runners later scored. Boone said he’ll continue to use him…. what else is he going to say?

Ottavino’s numbers this postseason: 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 W, 3 K.  1 HR given up. He’s faced 16 batters and 9 have reached base. You just can’t trust him in tight games anymore. At least not now.

There is no time in the postseason to hope. It’s do or die. It’s why Joe Torre once benched Wade Boggs, Tino Martinez AND Paul O’Neill for the same game (replacing them in the lineup with Charlie Hayes, Cecil Fielder and Darryl Strawberry).

Cleanup hitter Edwin Encarnacion is also slumping. 1 for 12 with 6 strikeouts in this series. Maybe he needs to be dropped in the lineup.

The one constant is Gleyber Torres. The only Yankees’ run came on a HR by Torres in the eighth inning. He is 10 for 24 this postseason with 3 HR and 10 RBI. Maybe Boone should just keep him in the 3 spot. He batted fifth in Game 3, probably to try to protect Encarnacion and hopefully get Edwin going.

But that meant Brett Gardner hit third. Now the Yanks did get singles from D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Judge to lead off the bottom of the first, but Gardner flied out. The Yanks didn’t score. Maybe Gardner should have bunted the runners over there. I know you are thinking big inning, but this is Cole on the mound, and Gardner is not your prototypical #3 hitter (like a Ruth, DiMaggio, Maris or Mantle), and who knows, maybe Gardner beats it out. Just saying.  Gardner is 2 for 13 in this series with five strikeouts.

Didi Gregorius JUST MISSED putting the Yanks up 3-2 with a two-out drive with two on in the fifth that was caught at the wall. Tough break. Didi is 1 for 12 in this series.

The forecast is for rain. There is a very strong chance Game 4 gets rained out tonight. If so, I believe the Yanks HAVE to come back with Tanaka then for Game 4 on regular rest (and in his six innings on Saturday, he only threw 68 pitches in Game 1) to try to even the series and avoid going down three games to one.

The Yanks only had five hits in the game. In their last 20 innings, they’ve scored just three runs.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Torres HR, 2 walks
Aaron Hicks, starting his first game in over 2 months, walked twice.

Severino (LOSS) 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 3 W, 6 K.  Gave up 2 HR
Green 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Ottavino 0 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  1 WP that scored a run.
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.

Who’d have thought Cessa would be out-pitching Ottavino this postseason?

Hopefully some of these Yankees’ bats heat up.

Also, hopefully Boone makes some right, and maybe necessary, tough decisions to shake the Yanks up.


Washington won the NLCS by beating St. Louis 7-4 last night, scoring all seven runs in the bottom of the first. With the four game sweep, the Nationals go to their first WS in franchise history, going back to 1969 when they were the Montreal Expos 1969-2004 before moving to Washington.

For D.C., it’ll host their first WS games since 1933 when the old Washington Senators (now the Minnesota Twins) won the AL pennant but lost the WS to the NY (now SF) Giants.

Howie Kendrick was named the NLCS MVP.

So whoever wins the ALCS knows they’ll have to face Washington with its trio of Scherzer, Strasburg and Corbin (not to mention Anibal Sanchez).

 

 

NLCS Game 3. Long time coming? Washington 1 win away from WS.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Washington, D.C. has been part of three World Series—in 1924, 1925 and 1933, when the original Washington Senators (who became the Minnesota Twins in 1961) won the AL pennant in those years, and the World Series in 1924. Walter Johnson, near the end of his career, was on the 1924 and 1925 teams.

The current Washington Nationals team came from Montreal, where from 1969-2004 they were the Montreal Expos. This franchise has never made it to the World Series.

They are one win away after an 8-1 win over the suddenly punchless St. Louis Cardinals. The Nationals lead the series three games to none and could make it a sweep tonight.

Houston has their threesome of Verlander, Cole and Grienke, but Washington’s trio of Scherzer, Strasburg and Corbin is right up there.

Strasburg went seven, and gave up just one unearned run while striking out 12.

Howie Kendrick, whose grand slam in Game 5 of the NLDS doomed the Dodgers, had 3 hits and 3 RBI last night.

Long-time National Ryan Zimmerman drove in two runs.

Game 4 of this series is tonight.

Game 3 of the ALCS between the Yanks and Astros is at 4 this afternoon.

NLCS Game 1: Washington shuts out St. Louis 2-0 on a 1-hitter.

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The Washington Nationals took game 1 of the NLCS, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 on a one-hitter.

The only Cardinals hit was by PH Jose Martinez with two outs in the eighth inning.

Washington starter Anibal Sanchez was then removed from the game.

Howie Kendrick and Yan Gomes each had two hits and an RBI for the Nationals.

Game 2 of the NLCS will be at 4 PM today.

The ALCS between the Yankees and Astros begins tonight. Game 1 at 8 PM.


Sammy Taylor, a C who was on the 1962 Mets, died at the age of 86. Taylor played for the Cubs (1958-1962), Mets (1962-1963), Reds (1963) and Indians (1963). His best year was when he hit 13 HR for the 1959 Cubs. He hit .222-3-20 in 68 games for those 1962 Mets. For his career, he hit .245 with 33 HR, OPS+ 84.

Yanks to find out ALCS opponent tonight. NLCS set as both home teams lose Game 5 in stunning fashions.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks will find out their ALCS opponent tonight when the Tampa Bay Rays play the Houston Astros in Houston at 7 PM. If Tampa Bay wins, the Yanks have home field throughout the playoffs as long as they stay in (see below). If Houston wins, Houston does.

The NLCS is set as it’ll be St. Louis and Washington. Both away teams stunned the home opponents in the deciding Game 5 of their respective series.

St. Louis scored TEN runs in the top of the first inning and beat Atlanta 13-1. Ten in the top of the first. Talk about sucking the air out of a stadium right away. How would you like to have a ticket to that game, just settle in your seat, and THAT happens?

The defending two-time NL Champion Dodgers got knocked off, 7-3, in 10 innings by the Washington Nationals. The Dodgers blew a 3-1 eighth-inning lead. Since the Dodgers had a better record than the Yankees, the Yankees will now have WS home-field advantage IF Houston gets knocked out by Tampa Bay or the Yankees.

Clayton Kershaw’s postseason struggles continued. Pitching in relief, he gave up back-to-back homers to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto that tied up the game in the eighth. Kershaw has a 2.44 career regular season ERA, but it’s two runs higher in the postseason.

Howie Kendrick hit a grand slam in the top of the tenth to win it. Even going back to their days as the Montreal Expos, it’s the first time the franchise has won a postseason series since the Montreal Expos beat the Phillies in the 1981 Eastern Division strike-enforced playoff.

Stunning endings, both of them, and the way Washington beat Milwaukee in the WC game and now here against the Dodgers, you wonder…

 

 

The Minors. Nova struggles on rehab.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: Not so fast. Ivan Nova started for SWB against Lehigh Valley last night (about 10 miles from my home, wish I could have been there but I had to work. Friends went) and wasn’t sharp. Maybe he still comes up next week, maybe not. Anyway, Nova gave up 5 R in 5 IP as SWB lost 5-2. His line: 5 Ip, 5 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 4 K. Nick Rumbelow (3.31) pitched three scoreless innings, 6 K. 1B Kyle Roller and C Austin Romine 2 hits each.

AA: Trenton lost 5-3. Brady Lail 1 R in 7 IP, 8 K, but Johnny Barbato (2-2, 4.70, who the Yanks got for Shawn Kelley) got no one out and four runners scored on three hits and a walk. 2 H, HR, 2 RBI for RF Mark Payton, just promoted. DH Aaron Judge 2 hits.

High A: No game for Tampa.

A: Charleston lost 6-4.  Connor Kendrick 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H but his reliever let the game get away.

The Minors. Tampa no-hits Lakeland for 11 1/3, loses in 16.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 5-1. Bryan Mitchell (4-4, 2.86) with another solid outing, albeit a bit wild. 6 scoreless innings, 2 hits but 7 walks. CF Mason Williams 2 rbi. 2B Brendan Ryan 0 for 4 on his rehab. 3B Jonathan Galvez 3 hits, rbi.

AA: Trenton won 6-4. 3B Eric Jagielo 3 h, rbi. C Gary Sanchez 2 h, rbi. LF Danny Oh 3 hits, rbi.

High A: Tampa Game 1 (reg. scheduled game): Won 2-0 on a combined four-hitter. 1B Mike Ford 3 for 3, 2 rbi.

Game 2: Makeup of 6/2 rainout: Lost 2-1 in 16 innings.  Tampa no-hit Lakeland for 11 1/3 innings. Tough one to lose. 2B Abiatal Avelino 3 h, solo HR.

Jordan Montgomery 6 2/3 IP, 1 R (unearned) 0 H, 0 walks 6 K
Andury Acevedo 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Angel Rincon 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Connor Kendrick 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

A: Charleston won 6-3. C Collin Staybaugh 4 for 4. SS Jorge Mateo 2 h, 2 rbi, 37th SB. 2B Angel Aguilar 2 h, rbi.