The biggest, best, brightest, boldest, bondo bingo bango playoff outcome yesterday was, of course, the Cubs’ 3-0 win over the Nationals.
But the playoff scope spreads wider than D.C., so let’s see what else is up …
- In the other NLDS, the Dodgers kicked off their playoff run with a 9-5 win over the Diamondbacks, yet another team that saw a young, hard-throwing starting pitcher bounced after just an inning of work. The Diamondbacks then got five good innings of work from Zach Godley, who, hey, probably shoulda just started the game in the first place. By the sixth inning, though, the Dodgers’ lead was 7-1, and the Diamondbacks couldn’t come back.
- It wasn’t all good news for the Dodgers, though, as Clayton Kershaw’s strange streak of disappointing playoff performances continued – he gave up four earned runs in the game … all solo home runs. Good that they were solo, but, yikes. Give up four homers, and you’re usually going to lose. By a lot.
- Yasiel Puig was ready with the obligatory wildness, legging out a hustle triple and ending it with this:
PUIG DOT GIF. pic.twitter.com/iQtWa6VY4h
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) October 7, 2017
- Meanwhile, in the AL, the Indians were down 8-3 to the Yankees in the 6th inning after Corey Kluber got knocked around. Series tied 1-1, right? Nope:
Down by 5 in the 6th. You’re not supposed to win those games.
— MLB (@MLB) October 7, 2017
- We were watching that game out of the side of our eye last night on a second screen while the Cubs were playing the Nationals. Man, what a thrilling win for the Indians. People are gonna start talking about destiny and such things.
- The Astros pantsed the Red Sox again, so both ALDS are 2-0 in favor of the two best teams in the AL. CanPredictBall?
- The ALDS take the day off, and it’s all NLDS today, with the Cubs and Nats going at 4:38 this afternoon, and the Dodgers and Diamondbacks at 8:08.