Championship Series Recap – 10/20

Big homers, high emotions. It's the playoffs.

We’re getting closer and closer to the World Series. In fact, we’re just one win away from Atlanta and the Astros from having our matchup. But, then again, we’ve all seen the Red Sox and Dodgers get hot. So, who’s to know what will happen?

We’ve seen both teams put up huge numbers. Who’s to say? Either way, we’ve gotten a ton of good games from both of them. So, rather than think about what could happen, let’s talk about what did happen.

Let’s take a look at the fun we had on Wednesday.

 

Astros 9, Red Sox 1

 

Well, we have yet another Astros blowout. This time, it didn’t happen so late in the game.

Yordan Alvarez got it going with a solo homer over the Monster. Even though we have seen this, it still gets me every time. A lefty hitting the ball over the Monster is amazing to me. Anyway, Yordan is a stud and one of the best young hitters in the game. We should talk about it more. He’s really good.

Wanna see what playoff baseball does to your emotions? Look at Chris Sale. This is the peak of baseball. Stranding runners and first and third and striking a batter out to get out of the inning. This emotion is what makes playoff baseball so good. So good. It’s what gets you hyped up even if you don’t have a rooting interest for either team. Despite the eventual outcome, this still gets you hyped.

Here’s Jose Siri driving in a couple of runs. This isn’t the best part.

He’s got the 100 emoji on his chain. When you drive in two runs in the ALCS and get to celebrate, that makes it even cooler. This sport rules.

Dusty Baker has been in the game for a long time. This is a stat that shows that. It’s also incredible. 2,000 hits is a lot of hits. 2,000 wins as a manager is also a lot. What is more impressive? I’m not even sure.

What happened here? Did someone want to point a light to show where to hit the ball? Were they messing around? It’s very odd, especially for a playoff game. Was it an opposing fan? Either way, the umps talked about it and it was put to a stop.

Well, Rafael Dever is a stud. That’s pretty much it.

 

Atlanta 9, Dodgers 2

 

What an interesting series. The Dodgers have struggled to hit outside of Game 3. Anyway, let’s get into the more cheery stuff. 

If you’ll remember, Gavin Lux almost hit a game-tying home run against the Giants that landed just shy of the way. Well…

Lux can’t catch a break. But, Adam Duvall made a terrific play. This is a play that gets shown in highlights in the future. It’s a play that makes you jump up from your couch. How fun.

Even down four runs, Cody Bellinger is having some fun. He messed with Ozzie Albies, trying to trick him into getting off the bag. Even if it’s not a great move, it still made both of them laugh. And it shows that baseball is just a fun game even with the Dodgers being down four runs early.

Ummmm. Yeah. This happened.

I don’t know what to say. Yes, in a blowout it makes some sense. But it’s also one of your aces. Playoff baseball is weird, I don’t know.

Anyway, after injuries in the outfield, Atlanta made a few trades to re-tool it. And one is working out really well.

Eddie Rosario was hurt when he was traded to Atlanta. Now he’s the front runner for the NLCS MVP. That’s an incredible story for him. He has essentially taken over the series, hitting .358 with four homers and 11 RBI. There’s always that player that you don’t expect that shines in the postseason.

 

Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire | Adapted by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns on Twitter)

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