MLB and TBS couldn’t have been too excited, in general, when the Royals and Orioles made their way into the ALCS. It’s not exactly a marquee matchup, right? As Maury Brown notes, their combined TV markets represent the smallest duo in ALCS history. This is going to be a ratings nightmare.
Or is it? Brown writes that Game 1 of the ALCS – the Royals’ dramatic 10th inning win – was the most-watched game of the playoffs so far, even topping that crazy Wild Card Game between the Royals and A’s. The game was the most-watched show on cable that night, and had a 9% larger audience than a comparable Cardinals/Dodgers NLCS Game 1 last year.
- Speaking of the Royals, they did it again last night. I don’t just mean win – something they have done in every postseason game they’ve played this year – I mean win in dramatic fashion. Taking a 4-4 tie into the 9th, the Royals scored twice in the top of the frame to win the game 6-4. Outfielder Lorenzo Cain was 4-5 in the game, which is quite good.
- The Royals are now up 2-0 and head home for Game 3 on Monday night at 6pm CT. Wei-Yin Chen is scheduled to face Jeremy Guthrie.
- As for Game 1 of the NLCS, there was no Cardinals voodoo magic to be had, even in their standard 7th inning, which featured the first two batters reaching base, but no one scoring. At one point, Madison Bumgarner clearly balked with a runner on third, but it was not called. No runs for the Cardinals, and the Giants wound up winning 3-0 in St. Louis.
- Adam Wainwright – who pitched despite concerns about his elbow – didn’t get out of the 5th inning, despite using 98 pitches. It wasn’t his best night, although he didn’t get much help behind him on defense.
- Game 2 of the NLCS is today at 4pm CT, with will feature Jake Peavy and Lance Lynn.