Texas Rangers

Astros take a 1-0 lead.

There’s no denying it. Playoff baseball is fun. Watching good teams with the ability to do what’s needed is satisfying as a fan. It’s hard to root for either the Red Sox or the Astros but in this case you’re rooting for baseball. For well-played games and timely offense and […]

Check please.

One thing that’s difficult about watching the playoffs is the shot of the losing team’s dugout. The looks of disappointment and pain and knowing they came so close. Both teams came into last nigh’t game having already won, including playoffs, 109 games each. There had to be a loser. Yes, […]

The glory of 162.

They played 162 games. The Giants won 107 of those, the Dodgers 106. They’ve played four in this best-of-five. They’ve each won two. It all gets settled today, in what should be the most intense game of the year. But, as big as this game is, and since there wasn’t […]

Braves and Astros in.

Three out of four. Monday, Boston won their best-of-five to move on. Yesterday, Houston and Atlanta advanced to the next round. Now, all that’s left is for the 107-win team and the 106-win team to have a one-game, winner-take-all grudge match to see who the fourth and final contestant will […]

The battle within the battle.

Foul. Foul. Foul. Ball. Ball. Ball. Foul. Foul. Foul. Foul. Foul. Foul. Foul. Foul. Foul. Foul. Strike. That’s how the third inning of last night’s Rays-Red Sox game started with Boston pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound and Tampa Bay hitter Austin Meadows at the plate.  It was an epic […]

5.06(b) (4) (H).

Watching these playoffs, you realize baseball is a game of incredible skill. The ability for a pitcher to bend a ball just right to fool a hitter into swinging and missing it or hitting it so poorly that he’s easy to get out. The ability of a hitter to actually […]

And we’re tied.

Both National League Division Series are tied. The Braves got a great start from Max Fried, who had an amazing second half of the season, going 8-2 with a 1.74 ERA in fourteen starts.  Fried has turned himself into the best pitcher nobody has heard of. Until last night. In […]

It was a full day of baseball.

The Red Sox scored two in the top of the first but then immediately gave up five in the bottom of the inning. Down in the series against the team with the best record in the American League, it looked bleak. When it was all said and done, though, they […]

Happy Baseball Day.

Today is National Baseball Day. Other than opening day, it’s the best day of the year for baseball fans. Four playoff games in one day. Wall-to-wall baseball. Wall-to-wall drama. Wall-to-wall joy. The American League has already played its Game 1s. It was a bad day for socks of all colors. The […]

Dodgers win a nail-biter.

This one-game wild card playoff format has come under some attack.  “That’s not how baseball works. All year long you are playing a series, now it’s one game?” “You win 105 games in a season and your entire year could be gone in nine innings? That’s not fair.” Nobody ever […]