Once again, the NY Yankees find themselves in a 2-0 deficit following losses in Houston to start the American league Championship Series. Alex Bregman, batting eighth in the lineup, got one of the Astros’ six hits on Friday in their 2-1 win. The next day he was 0-for-2 with a walk as Houston won by the same score, this time snatching the victory in the bottom of the ninth behind the outstanding pitching of Justin Verlander, who went old school tossing a complete game five-hitter (Houston also manged just five hits) and striking out 13.
The venue changes to the Big Apple beginning tonight.
Meanwhile, the LA Dodgers added Joc Pederson to their roster following the sidelining of Cory Seeger. Pederson, who missed the NLDS, appeared as a defensive replacement in Saturday as the Dodgers beat the visiting Chicago Cubs, 5-2. Same thing the next day, only he had a chance to come to bat and produced a sacrifice in a 4-1 win thanks to a walk-off home run by Justin Turner. That series now moves to the Windy City.
In non-playoff news:
- Craig Breslow, most recently with the Cleveland Indians, is a free agent. Where will he end up? Despite his late-season problems, teams always seem to be looking for a loogy.
- Same question for Ian Kinsler. Looks like he won’t be back with the Detroit Tigers. So could he join Ryan Braun in Milwaukee? More than one report seems to think so.
- Will Braun even be a Brewer in 2018?
- Could former Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus be heading for the Mets? I wouldn’t wish a New York market on any manager. And if you can’t get a “fair shake” in Detroit…
- Kevin Pillar‘s new baby will keep him busy this winter.
- This is the time of year for postmortems so we get to recap how some players did, such as Richard Bleier, Max Fried, and Ryan Sherriff.