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ALCS Evens Up, NLCS Gets Started, Hernandez, Soriano, Strop, Happ, and Other Cubs Bullets

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I’m solo with the kiddos this morning, and they’re not super keen to give me much brain space to bust out these Bullets. Forgive the brevity and/or any typos …

•   The NLCS kicked off last night with a fantastic game, tight throughout, and then a walk-off winner for Austin Riley after Ozzie Albies stole second base. That’s just fun to me:

•   The Red Sox opened ALCS Game Two with TWO grand slams, though the Astros almost made it a game late:

•   Kiké Hernandez homered again, leaving him in rare company:

•   That Alfonso Soriano stretch came shortly after he was traded by Cubs to the Yankees, which is incredible because he had ANOTHER five-homer stretch (not as many hits though) just before he was traded. That one arguably allowed them to move him for an interesting pitching prospect despite the remnants of his contract (the pitcher was Corey Black, who underwent multiple surgeries and never emerged with the Cubs). That middle chunk of 2013, the guy hit .301/.347/.677 over 144 PAs from early July to mid-August. Then in 2014, he was just done.

•   Stats that are simply stats, and I did not say it:

•   Old friend Pedro Strop is going to pitch in the Dominican winter league this year for the Leones del Escogido. He last pitched there about a decade ago, the offseason before he was traded to the Cubs and broke out.

 

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•   At first this is just a disappointing oops by the pitcher, but then it turns hilarious, so it’s all good:

•   La Vida Baseball:

•   Bulls are getting close to the final roster picture:

•   Beat ’em deep today, Justin Fields:



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.