MLB - 2017

Re: MLB - 2017

Postby tachyon » Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:18 am

PJMIII wrote:Dominant starting pitching driving Yankees' postseason run

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch was trying to explain the reason for his team's offensive travails earlier this week when he put in a plug for the opposition. Slumps don't occur in a vacuum. More often than not, futility is a collaborative effort.

http://www.espn.com/blog/sweetspot/post ... season-run


Glad Masahiro Tanaka has been doing very well!! :D
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Re: MLB - 2017

Postby PJMIII » Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:21 am

Astros' offense and emotions wake up in do-or-die win over Yankees in Game 6

Jose Altuve has led the American League in hits each of the last four seasons, his total adding up to 845. It’s likely none of them evoked the kind of animated display the Houston Astros second baseman let loose after his fifth-inning single Friday.

His fellow Astros hitters were nearly as pumped.


https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/m ... 786929001/
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Re: MLB - 2017

Postby PJMIII » Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:33 am

Houston is headed to Hollywood! Altuve's Astros blank Yanks in Game 7

If being the best hitter in baseball weren't enough for Jose Altuve, he can now add another title to his MVP-worthy résumé: closer.

With the Houston Astros needing to win both Games 6 and 7 to move on to the World Series for only the second time in franchise history, their All-Star second baseman made sure they sealed the deal. Altuve notched three hits, including two home runs, in the final two games, with his solo shot in the fifth inning of Game 7 on Saturday night spurring a 4-0 victory over the New York Yankees and a celebration at Minute Maid Park.


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Re: MLB - 2017

Postby stark » Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:34 pm

Very thankful we've got a World Series upon us to enjoy, a sporting event without the distractions the NFL and NBA offer us these days. Maybe the only thing better would've been a good ol' fashioned Yankee-Dodger matchup, but Houston is very deserving.

This will be a good one, here's hoping it goes 7 games!

Series MVP........Kenley Jansen
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Re: MLB - 2017

Postby Spahny » Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:25 pm

The 3 headed monster of Kenta Maeda, Brandon Morrow and Kenley Janzen could have been co mvp's of the NLCS. The Cubs were 1 for 39 against with zero runs in 12 innings of relief. The starting pitching was about even between the 2 clubs. The Dodger bullpen is the team's most dominating aspect. They aren't even giving the opposition any hope. They have a 74 percent strike to pitch ratio in the playoffs and have only walked 3 batters in 30 innings and 4 total runs scored against. The Cubs walked 28 Dodgers and their bullpen walked 12. It surprising they even won a game. For Houston to beat the Dodgers they have to get to their starters early. That's how they beat the Yankees in the last 2 games. They nullified the superior Yankee bullpen by getting the lead by the 6th inning. It's also how the Yankees beat the Indians by chasing Bauer and Kluber in the 3rd... Damn Indians....

Dodgers have the right formula for the new age. But formula's don't suit up.

MVP. Bellinger.
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Re: MLB - 2017

Postby PJMIII » Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:19 am

The not-so-tall tales of Jose Altuve

Nobody ever pegged Jose Altuve as a future major leaguer just by looking at him.

For the record, Altuve is listed at 5-foot-6, a designation that even he admits is about one inch too generous. Scouts who are trained to never judge a player specifically by stature and size found it difficult to get beyond their initial impression when he took the field.

And then they saw him play.

Wow.


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Re: MLB - 2017

Postby PJMIII » Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:08 am

Kershaw, Dodgers beat Astros 3-1 in hot World Series opener

No sweat, Clayton Kershaw.

Changing jerseys to beat the 103-degree heat, the Dodgers ace with a checkered playoff history delivered a signature performance, pitching Los Angeles past the Houston Astros 3-1 Tuesday night in the World Series opener.

Boosted by Justin Turner's tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning off Dallas Keuchel, Kershaw was in complete control against the highest-scoring team in the majors this season.


http://www.espn.com/mlb/recap?gameId=371024119
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Re: MLB - 2017

Postby PJMIII » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:40 am

Astros, Dodgers make World Series history with record 8 home runs in Game 2

Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night was all about the home run.

A record number of them.

The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers combined for eight long balls at Dodger Stadium, the most ever in a World Series game. George Springer had the biggest, a two-run drive in the 11th inning that helped the American League champions to a 7-6 victory and split of the opening two games in Los Angeles.

"This was a night obviously the ball was carrying," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "A lot of big-time players stepping up and getting big swings."


http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/2116 ... uns-game-2
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Re: MLB - 2017

Postby PJMIII » Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:13 am

Cody Bellinger comes alive for Dodgers, who even World Series at two games apiece

Cody Bellinger pulled into second base with his first World Series hit and said: "It's a miracle!"

With the Dodgers three innings from falling into a deep deficit, the rookie slugger sparked a late comeback that stopped the Houston Astros' surge.


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Re: MLB - 2017

Postby Ballerina » Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:44 am

That is the craziest ball game I've ever seen - a real slug fest. Congratulations Astros - keep up the good work.
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