Saturday, October 5, 2013

Full Day of Postseason Baseball Features Everything

If you are baseball fan, yesterday was a great day. Four games all played in succession with some overlap and each with its own bit of intrigue and drama. There were routs, dominant pitching performances, great and poor plays in the field and momentum in each series can still turn on a dime.

Pedro Alvarez has two homers already in the NLDS.
Photo courtesy of pmreddick via Flickr
National League Division Series

Pittsburgh Pirates (7) at St. Louis Cardinals (1) – Series tied 1-1 
  • Pedro Alvarez’s home run hurt the Redbirds with Russell Martin who is slumping due up next.
  • Gerrit Cole was fantastic and speaks to the positive future of this franchise.
  • The Cardinals now need to win one at PNC Park to get the series back to Busch Stadium.
  • Series shifts to Pittsburgh Sunday. 

Los Angeles Dodgers (3) at Atlanta Braves (4) – Series tied 1-1 
  • How about Mike Minor? Great start when the Braves needed it.
  • Craig Kimbrel showed why he is the premier closer in this league with a four-out save.
  • Hanley Ramirez remains hot going 3-for-4 with a HR and driving in all three Dodgers’ runs.
  • Series heads to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Sunday. 

American League Division Series

Tampa Bay Rays (2) at Boston Red Sox (12) – Red Sox lead series 1-0 
  • Matt Moore struggled in the first three innings but escaped unscathed. It caught up to him in the fourth when a fielding lapse by Wil Myers allowed the flood gates to open and the Red Sox scored five runs before the inning was up.
  • Myers said after the game he saw center fielder Desmond Jennings in the corner of his eye causing him to give way.
  • Moore allowed three more runs before being lifted in the fifth.
  • Each Red Sox batter recorded at least one hit and scored at least one run.
  • The Rays will need to bounce back with their ace David Price on the mound to face Red Sox hurler John Lackey. 

Detroit Tigers (3) at Oakland Athletics (2) – Tigers lead series 1-0 
  • The Tigers wanted to get off to a good start and they got one from Max Scherzer who fanned 11 batters in seven innings.
  • A three-run first off A’s starter Bartolo Colon was enough for Scherzer and an A’s rally in the seventh fell just short.
  • A’s slugger Yoenis Cespedes tripled, homered and drove in both Athletics’ runs.
  • Tigers’ relievers Drew Smyly and Joaquin Benoit struck out five batters in their combined two innings.
  • Detroit looks to take a commanding lead with Justin Verlander on the hill facing rookie Sonny Gray.
So far, there have not been too many major surprises in the division series. Let’s see what the weekend brings.