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Congrats to the Boston Reds Sox. Their 4-1 win over the host Houston Astros puts them back into the World Series. Ian Kinsler was 2-for-4 as the starting second baseman, including a double and a run scored. Ales Bregman, once again at the top of the Astros’ lineup, was once again hitless, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Between the two MOTs, Bregman giveth…
And Bregman taketh away…
Now Boston has to await the winner of the Milwaukee Brewers (Ryan Braun) – Los Angeles Dodgers (Joc Pederson) NLCS with the former trailing the latter three games to two. That could be over tonight.
It took a circus catch by Andrew Benintendi to prevent Alex Bregman from being a hero once again for the Houston Astros.
The home team had the bases load with two out in the ninth and trailing the visiting Boston Red Sox, 8-6. If the ball drops, two runs would have scored, and if it got by Benintendi, the game would have been over. As it was, the Sox took a three-games-one advantage with the victory.
Perhaps it’s because he’s been so selective at the plate (11 walks in the post-season), but the Astros moved Bergman into the lead-off spot where he went 0-for-5.
Ian Kinsler appeared as a defensive replacement for the Sox in the ninth.
The fifth game takes place tonight.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers took a 3-2 lead over the visiting Milwaukee Brewers with a 5-2 win. Joc Pederson came on as a defensive replacement in the fourth inning and was 1-for-2 over the rest of the game.
Ryan Braun was 0-for-3 with a walk for the Brewers.
Game Six will have to wait for the teams to return to Miller Park tomorrow.
It took 13 innings and five hours and fifteen minutes for the LA Dodgers to beat the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, 2-1. Ryan Braun had three singles in six trips to the plate and stole a base with two out in the tenth.
Joc Pederson entered the game as a defensive replacement in the seventh inning and was hitless in three at-bats.
Shawn Green, who ranks second on the all-time home run list for MOTs behind Hank Greenberg, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The NLCS is tied at 2-2.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch…
The Boston Red Sox beat the host Houston Astros, 8-2, thanks mostly to a grand slam by Jackie Bradley Jr. Ian Kinsler started the game and was 0-for-3, remaining hitless in the LCS. He came out for a pinch-hitter in the eighth.
Alex Bregman put on a defensive clinic, to paraphrase Ron Darling, making several excellent plays at third. Bregman tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth with a double to left, one of two hits he had in three official at-bats. He also walked — the 11th time he’s received a free pass in the post-season — to boost his OPS to a mind-boggling 1.214. More here.
Boston leads the ALCS, 2-1.
Geoff Schwartz and the visiting Kansas City Chiefs suffered their first loss of the year, coming at the hands of Nate Ebner‘s New England Patriots, 43-40. Schwartz appeared on all 54 offensive plays plus another eight (22 percent) on special teams. Ebner was in on 27 special team plays (75 percent) and assisted on a tackle. The Chiefs are 5-1, tops in the AFC West; the Patriots are tied for first with the Miami Dolphins with a 4-2 mark.
Josh Rosen got the start behind center for the Arizona Cardinals (1-5, T-3rd NFC West) in their 27-17 loss to the host Minnesota Vikings. Rosen completed 21 of 31 pass attempts for 240 yards (longest, 40), no touchdowns, and one interception. He was sacked four times for a loss of 32 yards.
Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2-1, 2nd AFC North) strong safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on four plays with the defensive unit (7 percent) and 20 (74 percent) on special teams in their 28-21 win over the host Cincinnati Bengals.
Ali Marpet appeared in all 66 offensive plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3, 3rd NFC South) plus another four (14 percent) on special teams, making one tackle in the team’s 34-29 loss to the host Atlanta Falcons.
Kicker Greg Joseph connected on two field go attempts (33 and 28 yards) but the Cleveland Browns (2-3-1, 4th AFC North) fell to the visiting Los Angeles Chargers, 38-14. He also appeared on five special team plays (17 percent).
As the saying goes, Ryan Braun drove in the only run the Milwaukee Brewers would need in their 4-0 win over Joc Pederson and the host LA Dodgers last night.
Braun hammered a one-out RBI double down the left field line in the opening frame.
He could have had an eighth-inning single following Christian Yellich’s bunt hit, but Yasiel Puig deked the base runner into thinking he would catch the ball on a fly and threw to second for the force out.
Pederson got the starting assignment in left, going 0-for-3. Mazel tov to him and his wife, Kelsey, on the birth of their daughter, Poppy Jett, on Sunday.
The Brewers lead the series 2-1. Game Four tonight.
The ALCS returns tonight as well as Ian Kinsler and the Boston Red Sox visit Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros. That series is tied at a game apiece. Bregman’s star is evident in Texas, but the postseason — both this year and last — is getting him wider recognition.
Can it be more even? Both series are tied at a game apiece as of this writing.
Houston Astros Vs. Boston Red Sox
Game 1, Astros 7, @ Red Sox 2:
Game 2: Astros 2, @Red Sox 7
Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Game 1, Dodgers 5, @ Brewers 6
Game 2, Dodgers 4, @ Dodgers, 3
Here we go, kiddies.
Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers host Joc Pederson and the LA Dodgers in the NCLS which begins tonight.
Braun has had pretty spectacular post-season success. Lifetime against the Dodgers: 64 games, 11 home runs, 36 RBI, .279 BA.
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Pederson, of course, had a great World Series against the Houston Astros last year. Lifetime against Brewers: 19 games, six home runs, 12 RBI, .281 BA.
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The ALCS begins tomorrow with Alex Bregman and the Astros visiting famed Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and mid-season acquisition Ian Kinsler.
Bregman’s post-season experience was more limited than his fellow JMLs, but he wasn’t cowed by the pressure. Nor is he shy about expressing his opinion that the networks should be showing his team in prime time, and not just going to the default setting of Yankees-Red Sox. To be fair, the New York-Boston rivalry goes back generations, so it’s understandable that that would be the go-to move. Lifetime against Red Sox: 13 games, four home runs, 10 RBI, .245 BA.
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Kinsler — being the senior-most MOT — has the largest post-season resume. Lifetime against Astros: 94 games, 14 home runs, 43 RBI, .289 BA.
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Author Dan Schlossberg contributed this piece to Forbes on the surprising (to some) number of Jews in the 2018 post-season.
I’m guessing this is a first: each of the four teams going into the League Championship Series have a MOT on the roster. That comes after the Boston Red Sox held off the host NY Yankees, 4-3 top move on.Ian Kinsler started at second base and gave the team a 2-0 lead with an RBI double in four at-bats, his second two-bagger of the series. He also scored a run.
The Sox will host Alex Bregman and the defending World Series champion Houston Astros beginning Saturday night.
Meanwhile, over in the NL, Joc Pederson and the LA Dodgers visit Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers beginning Friday.
Of course this scenario guarantees that once again there will be opposing JMLs in the fall classic (Pederson v. Bregman last year).
Congrats to Alex Bregman and the defending World Champion Houston Astros who move on the the ALCS following their three-game sweep over the Cleveland Indians. Bregman continued his excellent season by going 5-for-9 with home runs in the first two games. He also had a double, four walks, and four RBI.
Game One highlights:
Game Two highlights:
Also, congrats to Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers who move on to the NLCS following their three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies. Braun had five singles in 13 at-bats plus a stolen base.
UPDATE: The LA Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves, 6-2, to move on as well. Joc Pederson was 1-for-6 last night, 4-for-14 overall, including a double. His one home run led off the first game and gave the Dodgers the only run they would need in their 6-0 victory.
Max Fried appeared in all four games, including retiring the only batter he faced last night. He was perfect in the first two games, but gave up a homer in the third meeting. Totals: 2.1 innings, one run, one hit, one walk, one strikeout.
The means there’s only one series left. Last night the Boston Red Sox embarrassed the host NY Yankees, 16-1. Ian Kinsler did not start, but he came in as a defensive replacement in the seventh, going 1-for-1 with a walk and scoring twice. Overall, 3-for-9 with a double and an RBI.
Greg Joseph‘s 37-yard field goal with two seconds left on the clock in OT gave the Cleveland Browns (2-2-1, T 3 NFC North) a 12-9 win over the visiting Baltimore Ravens. Joseph — who was signed for the second game of the years after the Browns’ opening-day kicker proved to be a deficit — also connected on a 35-yarder in the third quarter but missed from 55 away as regulation ran out. He also clanked one off the goal posts on a PAT attempt.
Josh Rosen made his second NFL start a good one, leading the Arizona Cardinals to their first win of the season (1-4, fourth in NFC West) with a 28-18 win over the host San Francisco 49ers. Rosen completed 10 of 25 pass attempts for 170 yards — 75 of those coming on a TD pass in the first quarter.
Tackle Mitchell Schwartz once again appeared on every offensive play (70, plus another six (25 percent) on special teams, as the Kansas City Chiefs remained unbeaten (5-0, first in AFC West) took a 30-14 decision over the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars.
Kicker Greg Joseph was 2-for-2 in field goal attempts (25 and 28 yards) for the Cleveland Browns (1-2-1, T-3, AFC North) in their 45-42 overtime loss to the host Oakland Raiders. He also made two PATs.
Strong safety Jordan Dangerfield made one tackle on special teams, participating in 17 plays (63 percent) as the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2-1, T 3 AFC North) crushed the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 41-17.
On Thursday, the New England Patriots (3-2, 2nd, AFC East) beat the Indianapolis Colts, 38-24. Free safety Nate Ebner appeared on 24 special teams plays (77 percent).
Tackle Ali Marpet and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2, third, NFC South) were on their bye week.