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MLB Playoffs: Dodgers Robbing, Braves Win Again, A’s Stay Alive, and Rays-Yankees Talk Leads to Cardinals Sadness

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Both National League Divisional Series now stand at 2-0 after the Dodgers and Braves won again. I don’t really care THAT much about getting a sexy five-gamer in these series, but it would be nice if they didn’t both wind up sweeps.

At least the Dodgers-Padres game wasn’t a snoozer, with late scoring, a critical home run robbery, and of course some beefing between the teams:

Of the jawing that followed Cody Bellinger’s home run robbery – it seemed like Manny Machado took issue with Dodgers reliever Brusdar Graterol celebrating the catch by throwing his glove and his hat – Mookie Betts summed it up well:

This was the jawing, btw, with some not-safe-for-work lip reading:

Sigh, the Braves beat the Marlins again, which is fine by me, but is a reminder of how beatable the Marlins are supposed to be:

The A’s scored late to keep their series against the Astros alive, and everyone outside of Houston cheered:

Randy Arozarena just keeps on homering for the Rays, who beat the Yankees to make that series 2-1 Rays:

Arozarena, 25, was a quality Cardinals outfield prospect whom they considered squeezed out of the mix by the presence of Harrison Bader, Tyler O’Neill, Dexter Fowler, and Lane Thomas, so they dealt him to the Rays in the trade for lefty pitching prospect Matthew Liberatore. A good pitching prospect, to be sure, so no beef there. But Arozarena has hit like a dang superstar in the big leagues so far, and I’d imagine Cardinals fans are not smiling about it.

Oh also in that series? Luke Voit, who led the AL in homers this year (his third season raking for the Yankees), and who was also traded by the Cardinals because he was squeezed out. Again, the Cardinals got a very good reliever in Giovanny Gallegos in the deal, but I’m sure Cardinals fans can’t love that their team gave up two guys who became two of the top AL bats this year.



Author: Brett Taylor

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