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Snake Bytes 10/7: Junior Circuit Baseball

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Houston is one win away from returning to the ALCS while the Yankees and Red Sox will play at least two more games.

Divisional Round - Cleveland Indians v Houston Astros - Game Two Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

ALDS

[CBS Sports] Yankees vs. Red Sox Game 2 final score: Judge, Sanchez power Yankees to win as ALDS draws even - The Yankees on Saturday night defeated the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS at Fenway Park by a score of 6-2. In doing so, they evened the best-of-five series at one game apiece. Gary Sanchez homered twice, Aaron Judge went deep for a third straight game, and Masahiro Tanaka kept Boston in check for five innings. Across the way, Sox lefty David Price authored yet another disappointing postseason start.

[USA Today] MLB playoffs: Astros take 2-0 ALDS lead after Indians bullpen falters - The Cleveland Indians once rode their bullpen to the doorstep of their first World Series title since 1948. Those days are long past, however, and soon, their latest shot to end their championship drought may be, too. After suffering a 3-1 loss to the Houston Astros in Game 2 of their American League Division Series, the Indians are faced with a significant task: Win three consecutive games against the 103-win Astros. They’re in this hole mostly for two reasons: The dominance of the Astros’ starting pitching, and the failings of their relief corps.

NLDS

[ESPN] Your Sunday NLDS guide: Can the Dodgers, Brewers complete sweeps? - With both the Dodgers and Brewers bidding to close out their opponents with three-game sweeps, we could see the National League postseason field whittled down to just two teams before Monday. Six or seven months ago, few would have been surprised about the Dodgers being one of the two teams likely to reach the NLCS, but the Brewers are on the cusp of eliminating the Rockies after winning 11 straight games (tiebreaker and postseason included). They haven’t suffered a defeat since Sept. 22; will the Rockies change that on Sunday?

Related

[Forbes] 2018 MLB Regional TV Ratings In Prime Time Shows Continued Strong Popularity - Attendance for Major League Baseball was down in for 2018 for the regular season, but that’s not the case when it comes to one critical facet of television. Ratings for MLB games in primetime on the regional sports networks (RSNs) that host them show them up slightly for the 2018 regular season compared to 2017. The numbers include the 29 U.S.-based RSNs covered by Nielsen. Due to being in Canada, the Blue Jays are not measured by Nielsen and therefore not included. The Nielsen data was provided to Forbes through FOX Sports and covers March 29 - September 30, 2018. More importantly, baseball continues to rank incredibly strong in the television ecosphere compared to other content in primetime during the spring and summer months. Twelve of the regional sports networks that host MLB teams rank #1 in their market in primetime, beating the primetime average of all other TV networks in their respective designated market areas (DMA). Half of those teams air on FOX Sports regional sports networks (Cardinals, Indians, Brewers, Royals, Yankees and Diamondbacks). An additional eight MLB teams (20 total) rank in the top 3 in primetime.