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Snake Bytes 10/16: Nationals Advance to World Series

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Washington swept St. Louis on Tuesday and now awaits either the Yankees of Astros.

MLB-Game Four of the NLCS between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals Photo by Jonathan Newton /The Washington Post via Getty Images

NLCS

St. Louis 4, Washington 7

Dakota Hudson is going to take an awful lot of heat for this game for some time. However, the Cardinals’ defense was the big goat in allowing a seven-run bottom of the first inning. That frame accounted for the entirety of Washington’s scoring in a game where the final margin of victory was determined by the unearned runs allowed by the Cardinals.

Nats Sweep Cardinals in NLCS

The Washington Nationals completed a dominant sweep of the Cardinals on Tuesday, punching their ticket to the World Series. The Nationals can now rest up and set their rotation for when they meet up with the eventual winner of the ALCS.

ALCS

Houston 4, New York 1

An off night by Gerrit Cole was still too much for the Yankees as the Houston Astros reclaimed home field advantage in the series.

Gerrit Cole, Astros Gut Out 2-1 ALCS Lead

Gerrit Cole walked five batters and allowed four hits in his seven innings on Tuesday, not a typical Cole outing by any means. It was the first time since August first that Cole did not register double-digit strikeouts in a start. The end result still didn’t favor the Yankees though, as the power righty managed to wiggle out of trouble all night long, keeping the Yankees off the board until the bullpen came in to take over in the eighth inning.

MLB Monitoring Weather for Game 4

Although both teams plan on throwing a bullpen game for Game 4, Mother Nature could alter those plans. Cold rain is the forecast for the Bronx and could potentially delay the contest a full day, possibly changing the way things line up.

Updated Postseason Schedule

Assuming that Mother Nature does not push back any games, here is the updated postseason schedule.

Joe Maddon, Angels Near Deal

After Maddon left the Cubs, the Angels somewhat unexpectedly parted ways with manager Brad Ausmus. From that point, it seemed just a matter of time before Maddon was announced as the new manager of the Angels. Now, it looks like that wait is coming to an end and that Joe Maddon will now get his chance to manage the best player in baseball as the Angels look to take advantage of the competitive window just starting to open for them.

Brian McCann’s Great Career and HoF Case

Brian McCann surprised more than a few people when he announced his retirement right after the Braves were eliminated in the NLDS. One of the best all-around catchers of his time, McCann is likely to go down as a member of the Hall of Very Good. However, his case for the Hall of Fame may be better than you think.

Path Opening for Investors to Buy Into MLB

Major League Baseball is now allowing for investment funds to buy minority stakes in teams with high valuations. I have a feeling we will be hearing more about this in the coming months.