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Playoff Miscellany: Scherzer Rocked, Royals Win in Extras Again

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baltimore orioles logoConsider this me preparing for a future when the playoffs are going to matter a whole lot more to Cubs fans …


  • Last night, the Kansas City Royals won again in extra innings, this time over the Los Angeles Angels in the first game of the ALDS. Mike Moustakas provided the game-winning homer in the 11th inning, and the Royals won it 3-2. Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton, and Albert Pujols were a combined 0-13.
  • The teams go again tonight at 8:30pm CT, with breakout righty Matt Shoemaker hosting studly youngster Yordano Ventura.
  • The Orioles rocked the Tigers, 12-3 in Baltimore yesterday. Starting for the Tigers? Impending free agent Max Scherzer, who, like Jon Lester and James Shields, will now have to sign in the offseason for $3. Scherzer went 7.1 with 6 Ks and a walk, but he gave up a couple homers and 5 earned runs.
  • The story of the season for the Tigers played out in this one, too: the bullpen (Coke, Chamberlain, and Soria, in this one) gave up 6 earned runs in just 0.2 innings of work.


  • The teams will play today at 11:00am CT, with Justin Verlander facing Wei-Yin Chen. Hopefully for the Tigers, Verlander can go 9 innings.
  • The NLDS gets underway today, too, so it’s a full day of baseball. I’ll get a Pre-Gamin’ up before the first game so you can do the game threading thing all day if you’d like.


Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.