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#1 29/01/19 06:45:10

Registered: 31/07/18
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6. He was L.A.'sGame 2 s

Rob Carr/Getty ImagesHome-field advantage was thrown out the window in the Major League Baseball postseason Saturday … son-jersey , as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros picked up road victories to alter the balance of power in their respective series.Los Angeles heads home tied at one game apiece with the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS, while Houston has an opportunity to take a two-game lead over the Boston Red Sox with a victory in Game 2 of the ALCS at Fenway Park.During the first three games of the league championship round, we have witnessed plenty of bizarre events, which have produced some odd stats we never thought we'd be digging up at this juncture of the postseason.Updated Playoff Schedule*If needed. All Times ET.Sunday, October 14ALCS Game 2:Houston at Boston (7:09 p.m., TBS)Monday, October 15NLCS Game 3:Milwaukee at Los Angeles (7:39 p.m., FS1) Tuesday, October 16ALCS Game 3:Boston at Houston (5:05 p.m., TBS)NLCS Game 4:Milwaukee at Los Angeles (9:09 p.m., FS1)Wednesday, October 17NLCS Game 5:Milwaukee at Los Angeles (5:05 p.m., FS1)ALCS Game 4:Boston at Houston (8:39 p.m., TBS)Thursday, October 18ALCS Game 5*:Boston at Houston (8:09 p.m., TBS) Friday, October 19NLCS Game 6*:Los Angeles at Milwaukee (8:39 p.m., FS1)Saturday, October 20ALCS Game 6*:Houston at Boston (5:09 p.m., TBS)NLCS Game 7*:Los Angeles at Milwaukee (9:09 p.m., FS1) Sunday, October 21ALCS Game 7*:Houston at Boston (7:39 p.m., TBS) Top Highlights and StatsThe Astros and Dodgers are using familiar formulas to grind their ways back to the World Series.Justin Turner, who hit a home run and produced four RBI in Game 2 of the 2017 NLCS Clayton Kershaw Jersey , provided the game-winning hit in the Dodgers' 4-3 win in Game 2 of the 2018 NLCS.MLB MLBGame 1: Game-ending strikeout. Game 2: Go-ahead HR.Redturn2 gets redemption. #NLCS vDcyhc0QrPThe eighth-inning two-run homer from Turner was his fourth go-ahead home run in the postseason since 2014, which means he is tied with Daniel Murphy for the most during that span, per ESPN StatsInfo:ESPN Stats amp; Info ESPNStatsInfoThe Dodgers defeat the Brewers 4-3 to even the #NLCS at 1-1.Justin Turner鈥檚 8th inning 2-run HR was his 4th postseason go-ahead HR since joining the Dodgers in 2014. That鈥檚 tied with Daniel Murphy for the most such postseason HR in that span. TikE66Y011Turner's home run came at the expense of the Milwaukee bullpen, a positional unit that entered the postseason as the most feared in baseball.Through two games, the Brewers' relievers have put up pedestrian stats, giving up all but one of the nine runs the Dodgers have scored and conceded 14 hits.Before the bullpen took over, Wade Miley produced a strong start for Milwaukee, and he also thrived at the platewith two hits in two plate appearances.Miley became the first pitcher to record two hits, one of which was an extra-base hit, in a postseason game since Chris Carpenter in 2012, per's Andrew Simon:Andrew Simon AndrewSimonMLBWade Miley is the first pitcher to have a multi-hit game, with at least one XBH, in the postseason since:Chris Carpenter (STL) in Game 3 of the 2012 NLDS.Over in the American League, Houston's hitters were the difference-makers once again, as the Astros managed to get a few clutch hits in the final few innings of their Game 1 win in Boston.Carlos Correa produced the game-winning base knock, as he drove in Alex Bregman with an RBI single in the sixth inning off Joe Kelly.MLB MLB.TeamCJCorrea can handle the high heat. #ALCS YgrNSsKSp4In the ninth inning, the Astros created separation from the home side, with Josh Reddick and Yuli Gurriel blasting home runs off Brandon Workman.The pair of round-trippers extended Houston's streak of postseason games with a home run to 13, which tied the MLB record held by the ball club when it was in the National League, per ESPN's Sarah Langs:Sarah Langs SlangsOnSportsThe Astros have hit a HR in 13 straight postseason games, tied for the longest such streak in postseason history. Its also the LONGEST such streak by an AL team in postseason historyTheyre tied with...the NL Astros, in 2001-04, who also homered in 13 straight postseason gamesAlthough he didn't hit a home run, George Springer contributed two hits at the top of the order to extend his playoff hitting streak to 10 games … ner-jersey , which ties Lance Berkman's franchise record, per Mark Feinsand of Feinsand FeinsandGeorge Springer now has a 10-game postseason hitting streak, matching Lance Berkman for the longest in Astros history. #ALCSJustin Verlander twirled a gem on the mound to pick up his 13th career postseason victory. Verlander has the second-most playoff wins by an American League pitcher, per MLB Stat of the Day:MLB Stat of the Day MLBStatoftheDay.JustinVerlander gets his 13th #postseason win. That is the 2nd most EVER by an AL pitcher (Andy Pettitte, 19). JJ6KHa83ZuChris Sale didn't enjoy as much success as Verlander, and he had an off night by his standards. The left-handed Red Sox starter experienced a significant drop off in velocity, as Yahoo's Jeff Passan pointed out:Jeff Passan JeffPassanThis is something worth watching.Chris Sales first-inning fastball velocity tonight: 91, 89, 90, 92, 94, 93, 93, 90, 92, 89.His first-inning fastball velocity in his ALDS start: 95, 94, 93, 95, 95,96, 95, 95, 96 Sandy Koufax Jersey , 97.Average tonight: 91.3 mphAverage in ALDS: 95.1 mphSale's velocity is one of the many concerns the Red Sox have, but they need to find a way to pull out a Game 2 win in order to avoid a sweep down in Houston. Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90. Baseball fans have been lucky over the past seven Octobers, as four of the seven World Series range from "good and competitive" to "all-time classic" on the championship spectrum.This year's Fall Classic may fall somewhere in there if recent playoff results are any indication, as the American League and National League Championship Series haven't seen a shortage of on- (and sometimes off-) field drama.Here's a look ahead at the World Series schedule of dates, alongside some ticket information and pennant-winner predictions.Schedule of DatesTuesday, October 23 (Game 1): National League winner at American League winnerWednesday, October 24 (Game 2): National League winner at American League winnerFriday, October 26 (Game 3): American League winner at National League winnerSaturday, October 27 (Game 4): American League winner at National League winnerSunday, October 28 (Game 5, if necessary): American League winner at National League winnerTuesday, October 30 (Game 6, if necessary):National League winner at American League winnerWednesday, October 31 (Game 7, if necessary):National League winner at American League winnerTicket InfoWorld Series tickets can be purchased through StubHub. Matchup PredictionsAmerican LeagueRight-handed ace Justin Verlander gets the starting call for the Astros on Thursday. He wasn't his usual dominant self in Boston for Game 1, although a six-inning, two-run, six-strikeout outing is still impressive on the road against a 108-win team.However, the Astros could still put Verlander on the mound even if they had their pick of any MLB starter for this do-or-die game.The 35-year-old right-hander struck out an American League-leading 290 batters while posting a 2.52 ERA in 214.0 innings this past season.He's also been dominant in the playoffs since 2013, punching out 86 batters in 76.0 innings alongside a 2.01 ERA. Verlander hasn't allowed fewer than three earned runs (or pitched fewer than five full frames) in 12 starts during that span.On the opposite mound, the Boston Red Sox will skip team ace Chris Sale, as the southpaw has battled a stomach illness that forced him to spend a night in the hospital. Red Sox manager Alex Cora provided an update before Game 4, noting that Sale is"feeling better compared to yesterday … uig-jersey , but physically he's not there yet. So I think if necessary he'll pitch Game 6. He feels that he'll be ready for that one. And we'll go from there."Left-hander David Price is getting the call for the Red Sox, but he's starting on three days rest and has allowed seven earned runs in 6.1 playoff innings. Houston and Verlander have the edge here. Following a potential win, however, Houston would then be tasked with beating Sale at Fenway Park for Game 6, and that's a tall order even with tough right-hander Gerrit Cole presumably opposing him. Sale struck out 237 batters in 158.0 innings alongside a 2.11 ERA (and microscopic 1.98 FIP).Betting against Sale at home in a series-clinching game isn't a safe wager, so the prediction here is for Boston to take Game 6 and move onto the World Series for the first time since its 2013 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.National LeagueDodgers southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu will begin Game 6. He was L.A.'sGame 2 starter versus Milwaukee and allowed two earned runs and six hits in 4.1 innings.The Brewers will go with left-hander Wade Miley, who started Game 5 and walked leadoff hitter Cody Bellinger before being pulled. Miley wasn't hurt, nor did he receive one of the quickest hooks of all time from a disgruntled manager.Rather,skipper Craig Counsell's planwas for L.A. to build its lineup in response to a southpaw before Milwaukee tossed it over to right-hander Brandon Woodruff.Miley will now be faced with helping keep Milwaukee's season alive, although one has to wonder if manager Craig Counsell goes for a similar tactic again. In any case, Miley may be gone at the slightest hint of trouble, especially considering the fact that the Brewers' top three relievers (Josh Hader, Corey Knebel and Jeremy Jeffress) will have the benefit of a few days' rest before Friday (Hader and Knebel last pitched Tuesday, while Jeffress' most recent appearance was Monday).L.A.'s bullpen has the benefit of rest as well: Right-hander Pedro Baez was the only reliever to toss more than nine pitches on Wednesday, and the entire team enjoys a day off Thursday. For the postseason, L.A. sports a 2.55 bullpen ERA.Game 6 is tough to call given how difficult it is to project when the managers will dip into the bullpens (who could have guessed Counsell would do so after five pitches Wednesday?). If we're strictly focusing on the starter matchup, Ryu(89 strikeouts in 82.1 innings and a 1.97 ERA) has an edge over Miley (50 strikeouts in 80.2 innings and a 2.57 ERA). On the flip side, the Brewers are an NL-best 51-30 at home and have a near-invincible weapon in Hader, who has pitched nine scoreless innings and allowed just five hits (and no runs) since the team's NL Central tie-breaking win over the Chicago Cubs.It's a coin-flip game, but the guess is Ryu fares well and the Dodgers get to Miley (and/or his successor) early. Look for the L.A. bullpen to then hold on late as the Dodgers take the pennant.


#2 04/02/19 15:13:56

From: Burkina Faso
Registered: 27/01/19
Posts: 18

Re: 6. He was L.A.'sGame 2 s

I didnt think Gavin was all that bad, though obviously he wasnt really an in depth character.


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