The Cubs are back in action today AS YOU WELL KNOW, and they’ll host the Nationals for Game Three of their National League Division Series this afternoon at Wrigley Field.
But that’s just one of four playoff games going on today around MLB. Each of the Yankees and Red Sox were on the verge of elimination yesterday, and each managed to pull out a win …
- The Red Sox did so by beating up on the Astros 10-3 after falling behind early. Doug Fister, like virtually every starting pitcher this postseason (except in the Cubs-Nats series), got knocked out very early, leaving the Red Sox pen (led by David Price, of all pitchers) to pitch 7.2 scoreless innings. (Also, Doug Fister started Game Three of the ALDS for the Red Sox. Wow.)
- Three of the Red Sox runs came when Josh Reddick was so close to a beautiful homer robbery … but with a doink, it’s a homer assist instead:
IT'S GONE! JACKIE BRADLEY JR.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 8, 2017
- In the Yankees-Indians game, a late Greg Bird solo homer (off Andrew Miller!) was the only run in the game, as Masahiro Tanaka was dominant, and Aroldis Chapman got the five-out save.
- It might not have been a one-run game if Aaron Judge weren’t 85 feet tall. He did some home run robbing:
It's a good thing Aaron Judge is so tall…. WHAT A CATCH! https://t.co/SWn3cKBllL
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 9, 2017
- Although most focused on the fact that Judge took the would-be homer away from notorious foul-ball-homer-hawk Zack Hample, I was way more focused on the most chill fan in the history of near home run catches:
100% chill. pic.twitter.com/wY8PZ2X2lc
— Baseball is Fun (@flippingbats) October 9, 2017
- All right, so with all four series still underway, it’s going to be an insane Monday. Here’s how things break down:
- Astros-Red Sox kick things off at noon, with Rick Porcello facing Charlie Morton on FS1.
- Then the Cubs host the Nats, and you know that it’s Jose Quintana and Max Scherzer. The game is on TBS, whose broadcasts continue to be less than stellar.
- The Indians try a second time to knock out the Yankees at 6 pm CT on FS1. Trevor Bauer (on short rest) versus Luis Severino.
- And the day closes with Yu Darvish and the Dodgers facing Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks at 9 pm CT on TBS. The Dodgers lead that series 2-0.