Going home. 59 comments

It’s hard to repeat. The last team to win consecutive World Series was the Yankees, and they won three in a row from 1998 to 2000. You look at what it takes to win and it’s a lot of luck, a lot of great baseball, and a lot of things […]

A tough way to lose. 71 comments

RULE 3.16—No interference shall be allowed when a fielder reaches over a fence, railing, rope, or into a stand to catch a ball. He does so at his own risk. However, should a spectator reach out on the playing field side of such fence, railing or rope, and plainly prevent […]

Lack of fundamentals. 237 comments

If I owned a major league baseball team, I would immediately hire John Smoltz to run it. Listening to him night after night offering his commentary during these playoff games, it’s easy to see he has a perspective that is candid, refreshing, based on a unique depth of insight, and, […]

Closer drama. 94 comments

It’s as if Major League Baseball said, “We need more drama. So, have your closers struggle.” Normally reliable closers like Jeremy Jeffress and Craig Kimbrel have been shaky so far in these playoffs. The more the Brewers run Jeffress out there, the more they are playing with fire. He’s making […]

Sloppy. 33 comments

Well, we finally found a team that could beat the Houston Astros and it’s the Houston Astros. On their march to their second consecutive World Series championship, Houston had a problem with defense. Gerrit Cole, who has been lights out pretty much all year, struggled from the beginning in this […]

Justin time. 112 comments

You can’t keep a good man down. Game 1, Justin Turner struck out four times. This is a guy who is Mr. Clutch. He is the heart and soul of the Dodgers offense. He had played nearly one thousand major league games and had never struck out four times in […]

Defense hurts Kershaw. 185 comments

There are bad days and then there are bad days. Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal had a really bad day. Two passed balls. Catcher’s interference. A missed-catch error. And that was just the first three innings. The Brewers scored two runs in the mostly disastrous third inning, then three more in […]

Can’t wait. 77 comments

The first round is over. It’s time to settle in for some real baseball. The Dodgers visit the Brewers today. Clayton Kershaw is on the mound. Playoff Clayton Kershaw hasn’t been Regular Season Clayton Kershaw, but I’d take him in a heartbeat. He is one of the top pitchers in […]

Misery. 39 comments

  The only problem with none of the division series going five games is there are two dead days before any baseball. The National League Championship Series starts Friday night. It might be appropriate, or maybe it’s sadistic, to bring up an article on ESPN.com right now. It was written […]

According to plan. 36 comments

  No Cinderella stories. No “we shocked the world.” No upsets. The Final Four is set. It all went according to the script. Even if the last inning last night tried to be Rudy and Hoosiers all rolled into one. In the end, the Red Sox were able to nail […]