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Snake Bytes 10/4: Goldschmidt Happened

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Dodgers 6, Nationals 0/Cardinals 7, Braves 6

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MLB: NLDS-St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The first day of the NLDS was yesterday, and while the Dodgers won, which is always disappointing this time of year, Goldschmidt and the Cardinals just squeaked by the Braves to take the lead in the series.

Paul Goldschmidt goes yard

(Via MLB.com)

(CBS Sports) MLB playoffs: Dodgers rookie Gavin Lux makes history with pinch-hit home run in first career postseason at-bat

“Lux, who made his big-league debut on Sept. 2, was 21 years and 314 days old as of Thursday. For those who don’t want to bother with a calculator and/or a calendar, he won’t turn 22 until Nov. 23”

As much as I love to hate the Dodgers, they are an incredible team that manages to both outspend and outdevelop just about everyone in baseball. Gavin Lux is just another example of that.

(ESPN) Braves critical of Ronald Acuna Jr. for not running out hit in loss

“Atlanta Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. failed to run out a ball he hit off the wall in right field, settling for just a single. The last time it happened, in August, he was benched. This time, he was called out by his teammates after the Braves lost 7-6 to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of their best-of-five National League Division Series on Thursday.”

I understand and agree with what the other Braves players are saying in this article, but one does have to wonder, I think, are these things said if the Braves win? Also, there is something to be said for, yes, it’s October, that’s why you don’t air this publicly and put up a united front to face the playoffs. But what do I know.

(USA Today) ‘He’s a legend’: Left off ALDS roster, Yankees fighting to make sure CC Sabathia gets another shot

“The Yankees open the postseason Friday in the American League Division Series against the Minnesota Twins, but while Sabathia is the heart and soul of this proud franchise, he will be relegated to be a cheerleader in the dugout.”

There will be no Tim Lincecum-style, last hurrah postseason relief appearance for Sabathia, at least this series.

And closer to home...

(Arizona Sports) Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte nominated for Hank Aaron Award

[Marte] is the D-backs’ nominee for the Hank Aaron Award, given to the most outstanding offensive player in both leagues.

Marte put up a career season, hitting 32 home runs and knocking home 92 RBIs while batting .329. That average was tied with Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich, another Hank Aaron Award nominee, for top in the National League.