Post-season Gameday Thread, #8: Elimination Day

J. Meric

All the division series are in action today, but three could end. It's a feast of baseball if you've got the day off, or have an understanding boss...

oak_medium

Jarrod Parker
RHP, 12-8, 3.97
det_medium

Anibal Sanchez
RHP, 14-8, 2.57

10:07am Arizona time, MLB Network. Series tied 1-1.
This is the only series which we know will still be going tomorrow, the A's having held their own against Justin Verlander, thanks to a sterling performance from Sonny Gray, then walked it off against the Tigers bullpen. That gained them a split of the games in Oakland, and they'll look to build on it behind former Diamondback Parker. He had a crappy first couple of months in the regular season, but a 3.33 ERA from June on, though two of his last three outings were 4.1 IP, 7 ER - not exactly a great stage-setter. Sanchez, of course, has a D-back connection too, having no-hit us is 2006.

stl_medium

Michael Wacha
RHP, 4-1, 2.78
pit_medium

Charlie Morton
RHP, 7-4, 3.26

12:07pm Arizona time, TBS. Pirates lead 2-1.
Pittsburgh can reach the Championship Series for the first time in 1992, before what's sure to be another packed and fanatical crowd at PNC Park. History would suggest they'r not going to do it, because the Pirates have lost Morton's last seven starts against the Cardinals, over which time, he is 0-6 with a 6.82 ERA. The Cardinals will seek to get their offense going: after leading the league in hitting with RISP during the regular season, they are just 3-for-20 in the same situation so far this series. It's almost like clutch hitting isn't a reproducible skill or some nonsense like that.

bos_medium

Clay Buchholz
RHP, 12-1, 1.74
tam_medium

Alex Cobb
RHP, 12-3. 2.76

3:07pm Arizona time. TBS. Red Sox lead 2-0.
The Rays pitching has failed them in the first two games, the Red Sox pounding out 19 runs on 25 hits in their 16 innings. But if anyone can win three consecutive elimination games, it's probably Tampa, who won back-to-back games just like that, to reach the division series. Still, they're going to have to beat Buchholz. The Red Sox were 14-2 in his starts this season, and he blanked the Rays over 13 innings of five-hit ball, with 17 strikeouts, over his two starts against them. However, Tampa will probably be glad to be home, having been through five cities in 12 days, and covered over 5,600 miles since the last time they were there.

atl_medium

Freddie Garcia
RHP, 4-7, 4.37
lad_medium

Ricky Nolasco
RHP, 13-7, 3.70

Clayton Kershaw
RHP, 1-0, 1.29

6:37pm Arizona time, TBS. Dodgers lead 1-1.
As per usual: let's go, anyonebuttheDodgers, let's go [Clap-clap]. Not that this helped the Braves last night, who got their asses handed to them in Los Angeles. I haven't seen Teheran get bombed so badly since the Iraq-Iran war*, with the Dodgers scoring their most runs in the post-season since Game 2 of the 1956 World Series. Atlanta didn't allow more than ten runs in the entire regular season, so this must have been a nasty experience - and one from which they need to bounce back immediately. Even if they win tonight, they then face Kershaw in Game 5. Which would at least take him out of the early NLCS action, so let's hope Atlanta get to go home.

In a late pitching change, Kershaw will be starting for the Dodgers on short rest rather than Ricky Nolasco. This means they will still be able to use Greinke on regular rest for Game 5 if needed, but they'll be hoping to finish off the Braves tonight, allowing them to go with Kershaw and Greinke in the first two games of the NLCS - and with that definitely now going to Game 5, it could give them an edge. Hopefully, this move will bite them in the ass, but they Braves will need Garcia to pitch a great deal better than Teheran did yesterday.

* - Historical accuracy of this statement not guaranteed.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join AZ Snake Pit

You must be a member of AZ Snake Pit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at AZ Snake Pit. You should read them.

Join AZ Snake Pit

You must be a member of AZ Snake Pit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at AZ Snake Pit. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker