1:07pm Arizona time, TBS: Royals lead 1-0
|Alcides Escobar - SS||Nick Markakis - RF|
|Norichika Aoki - RF||Alejandro De Aza - LF|
|Lorenzo Cain - CF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Eric Hosmer - 1B||Nelson Cruz - DH|
|Billy Butler - DH||Steve Pearce - 1B|
|Alex Gordon - LF||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Salvador Perez - C||Ryan Flaherty - 3B|
|Omar Infante - 2B||Caleb Joseph - C|
|Mike Moustakas - 3B||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
We're barely into the Championship Series and the Royals are already closing in on the record for most post-season extra innings games in playoff history. Their pitching staff has already recorded at least 28 outs four times, and the all-time record is five, set by the 1980 Phillies. Of course, in those days, there was one less round of games, so it's probably even more impressive. They had four consecutive extra-inning games in the Championship Series against the Astros, and then another in the World Series against - naturally! - the Kansas City Royals. Five of the 11 games they played that year went into extras.
The Royals are now four of five, and even more impressively have been victorious in them all, becoming the first team ever to win four extra-inning playoff games in a single season. It had been their speed on the basepaths which had been a key weapon for them, but in last night's ALCS opener, they took a different approach with home-runs in the tenth innings from Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas. They have now won eight consecutive games in the post-season, dating back to 1985. The Giants' streak ended at 10 earlier this October, and the all-time record is 12, done twice, both times by the Yankees.
5:07pm Arizona time, Fox: series tied 0-0
|Lineups to be announced|
Since we listed the ALCS odds for their first game yesterday, I guess we should do the same for the NLCS as it gets under way in St. Louis. As before, they're from bovada.lv.
- St. Louis Cardinals - 130 (10/13)
- San Francisco Giants +110 (11/10)
Exact Series Result
- San Francisco Giants 4-0 12/1
- San Francisco Giants 4-1 6/1
- San Francisco Giants 4-2 5/1
- San Francisco Giants 4-3 9/2
- St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 12/1
- St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 11/2
- St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 4/1
- St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 15/4
Total Games in Series
- Four 6/1
- Five 5/2
- Six 17/10
- Seven 9/5
How many games will go to extra innings?
- Over ½ 2/3
- Under ½ 11/10
How many calls will get overturned after replay?
- Over 1 4/7
- Under 1 7/5
Total Home Runs -
- San Francisco Giants: Over/Under 4½
- St Louis Cardinals: Over/Under 4
Will any game end on a Walkoff hit?
- Yes 7/5
- No 4/7
Will a pitcher hit a Home Run in the Series?
- Yes 7/2
- No 1/6