No elimination games so far besides the Wild Card games. There are still 8 teams, but we’re on the verge of dropping some. Yesterday was game 2 for both ALDS series, and already there’s an elimination game on the horizon: The Astros won their second straight against the Red Sox. For the Sox every game is now “win or go home”. The Astros look really good, scoring 8 runs in each game, outscoring the Red Sox 16-4 in the two games. Astros may sweep this series in the games.
The Yankees, however came into game 2 looking like another team. The key moment was the bottom of the 2nd inning when starter C.C. Sabathia (who coincidentally started out with the Indians) got out of a bases-loaded, 1 out situation only giving up 1 run and ending the inning down 3-2 instead of giving up a big lead. The Yankees offense finished the turnaround in the top of the 3rd with 4 runs including a 3 run home run from CF Aaron Hicks. The Tribe came back to tied it up in the 8th while not giving the Yankees any additional runs for 3 innings, including a Grand Slam HR from Shortstop Francisco Lindor. They then went on to win it with a walk off in the bottom of the 13th inning. The Indians again this year look really tough, and could close this out with three wins in a row tomorrow.
Clayton Kershaw looked unbeatable for the Dodgers, as usual, and he kept the Diamondbacks to 4 runs in six innings, while the bats were hot and they were up to 7 runs by the 5th. Final score 9-5 Dodgers, but no-one expected the Dbacks to win game 1 against Kershaw. If my prediction is to be right they’ll have to win tonight and go back to Phoenix tied 1 game apiece. No matter who wins this won, assuming the Cubs win their series, I’d like the winner to go into the NLCS with tired pitchers.
I’ll leave the Cubs wrap for another post…hopefully yet this morning.