Today is Baseball Day. It’s like Christmas and Halloween and your birthday all rolled into one, then sewn up with 108 red stitches. It’s the one day we are assured of four playoff games.
Both American League first-round series start today. And both National League Game 2s are today.
Last night, the Brewers played their second straight extra inning game, winning with a single from Mike Moustakas in the bottom of the tenth to score Christian Yelich.
Yelich’s magical season continued. He hit a two-run homer in the third for the Brewers’ first two runs, and scored the winning run in the tenth.
Ex-Ranger Jeremy Jeffress blew the save in the top of the ninth for ex-Ranger Joakim Soria to win it in the tenth. This will be as close as Rangers fans get to post-season for a while. We have to live vicariously through ex-Rangers.
The Dodger have a three-time Cy Young winner, one of the most dominating pitchers in baseball history, and they didn’t start him in Game 1. About being skipped for the start, Clayton Kershaw said, “I don’t agree with it, but I will accept it.”
He can opt out of his contract at the end of the year, by the way.
The Dodgers started Hyun-Jin Ryu instead, who did his best Kershaw imitation, going seven scoreless innings in a 6-0 win over the Braves. Atlanta looked like they were freshman at the senior party. We’re not supposed to be here.
Today the Astros begin their defense of their title against the Indians at 1:05. Verlander versus Kluber. These sort of matchups will be long gone soon in this analytic-overobsessed baseball world. See it while you can.
Happy Baseball Day, everybody. Enjoy.
(All times listed below are Eastern time)