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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The NLDS matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets will not be lacking for storylines.
The series will feature two teams from the biggest media markets in the country, ensuring there will be hot takes following every single game. Despite winning 278 games over the past three seasons, the Dodgers have been called "disappointing" after failing to reach the World Series despite a massive payroll.
The Mets, on the other hand, are a franchise synonymous with failure. People actually use the phrase "Mets it up" when talking about whether the club will crumble under the pressure. For example, "I'm glad the Mets are going to the playoffs, but let's hope they don't Mets the whole thing up."
On top of that, the series features two pitchers who are sure to garner plenty of attention when they are on the mound. Clayton Kershaw has been the best pitcher on the planet over his five seasons, but after posting a 5.12 ERA over 11 playoff appearances, he already has a bit of a reputation as a choker in the playoffs.Fri, Oct 96:45 PM PDTNY Mets at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The Seattle Mariners have become the latest team to dump their manager. After finishing 76-86 this season, the team will fire Lloyd McClendon, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.
Things seemed promising during McClendon's first year with the club in 2014. He led the team to an 87-75 record. That was only good enough for a third-place finish in the division. After the team retooled during the 2015 offseason, bringing in Nelson Cruz, many expected the Mariners to contend for the division crown.
That wasn't the case. The team struggled out of the gate, winning just 76 games and finishing fourth in the American League West. In two seasons with the club, McClendon went 163-161, good for a .503 winning percentage.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
The Houston Astros struck first, taking Game 1 of their AL division series against the Kansas City Royals by the score of 5-2. It was typical Astros: They scored early, hit a couple homers, got a strong start from Collin McHugh, Jose Altuve was their engine and their 14 strikeouts didn't really matter.
The game was delayed 48 minutes by rain between the second and third innings, which didn't slow down the Astros, who already had scored three times in the first two frames. The Royals, meanwhile, couldn't get much going, save for a pair of Kendrys Morales homers.
• Jose Altuve was in full spark-plug mode in Game 1. The Astros leadoff hitter had three hits to get the Astros' offense chugging. He scored once, after his first-inning single, when he raced home on a Colby Rasmus groundout. Later, Altuve's second-inning single brought home Houston's third run.Fri, Oct 912:45 PM PDTHouston at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
TORONTO – This was supposed to be all about the Toronto Blue Jays, their first postseason home game since 1993, and how the joy of baseball had returned to a city so desperately starved for a winner. And it was, right up until the game started Thursday. The fans roared at every little thing and ferociously waved the white towels they were given when their Blue Jays took the field for the top of the first.
Then, everything went wrong, and now Toronto is staring at a 1-0 series deficit after dropping Game 1 of the ALDS to Texas Rangers by a score of 5-3.LiveTexas3 - 4TorontoFollow Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
TORONTO – The boos and cries of "Let's go Blue Jays" were so loud Thursday during Game 1 of the ALDS that it was impossible to hear the public address anouncer call out the Texas Rangers' starting lineup.
It was fitting, really. Even with stars such as Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre and Cole Hamels, the Rangers' roster paled in comparison to the star-studded Toronto Blue Jays, the popular pick to win the World Series. It almost didn't matter who the Blue Jays were facing, so what difference did it make actually recognizing who was taking the field opposite them?
All the difference in the world, apparently. Texas scored five runs off David Price on its way to a momentous 5-3 road win and a surprising 1-0 series lead.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Being a member of a major-league baseball grounds crew can be stressful. Weather can strike at any time, meaning you have to be ready to act at a moment's notice. On top of that, you have to do your job despite awful situations, and that can be dangerous.
That's precisely what happened during Thursday's ALDS game between the Kansas City Royals and the Houston Astros. The Royals' grounds crew had to spring into action during a rain delay, and one of their members was nearly swallowed by the tarp.
The good news is, the tarp didn't completely roll over the person in that video. The grounds crew was able to stop the tarp from rolling, and he escaped, hopefully unscathed.
Sometimes, seeing a member of the grounds crew run into trouble with the tarp can be funny. This seemed a bit more serious. That tarp requires a lot of people to move, and probably weighs a lot. We're pretty glad he was able to get out of there.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
After 123 years and 2,361 regular season games, the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals are set to meet in their first-ever postseason series.
That fact alone probably makes this series the marquee matchup of the opening round. However, we also must take into account that both of these teams entered the postseason with better records than anyone else still playing. That's because the NL Central absolutely dominated the competition this season with St. Louis (100 wins), the now-eliminated Pittsburgh Pirates (98) and Chicago (97) finishing with the three highest win totals in MLB.
That may lead to changes in the postseason seeding down the road. For this season, only one can reach the NLCS, and that should only add to the intensity of the series. The Cardinals enter as the top dog with the best record, the most postseason experience and the championship pedigree, but there's a hunger in this Cubs team that will be difficult to deny.Fri, Oct 93:45 PM PDTChi Cubs at St. LouisPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
Anybody who watches sports on TV with any regularity knows this hard truth: There are way too many commercials about erectile dysfunction.
So, in a way, when Adam Wainwright called out Fox on Thursday for its abudance of "performance"-enhancement drug ads, we could all identify.
Here's what Wainwright — the St. Louis Cardinals star pitcher — tweeted near the end of ALDS Game 1 between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
Pete Rose earned the nickname 'Charlie Hustle' during his remarkable baseball career because of how hard he played the game and the toughness he showed on numerous occasions. Running over Ray Fosse at home plate to win the 1970 All-Star game is probably the most famous example of the grit and determination that helped him become the all-time leader in hits.
So maybe we shouldn't be surprised that Rose seemed so perplexed by two Toronto Blue Jays players leaving Game 1 of the ALDS with what he perceived as minor injuries. The Blue Jays lost to the Texas Rangers 5-3, prompting Rose to ask, "does everybody know what we’re playing for now?"
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
The Toronto Blue Jays aren't unstoppable. Given the team's dominant offense, and the fact that David Price was on the mound, many thought the club had Game 1 wrapped up. That wasn't the case. The Texas Rangers got to Price during the team's 5-3 victory against the Blue Jays on Thursday. Rougned Odor and Robinson Chirinos added home runs off the lefty, while Adrian Beltre tagged Price for an RBI hit before leaving the game with a back injury. The Blue Jays' bats showed some signs of life late, but were ultimately shut down by the Rangers' bullpen.
• Robinson Chirinos had the biggest hit of the night, smacking a two-run shot off Price in the fifth inning. With the Rangers leading 2-1, Chirinos stepped to the plate with a man on first and a chance to break things open. He did not disappoint. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Chirinos hit a 94-mph fastball out to left center, giving the club a 4-1 lead. It was Chirinos' only hit of the game.