New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros
New York leads series 3-2
What a difference a few days makes. Especially if you spend those days in the Bronx. New York has completely flipped this series on its head by sweeping their home games away from the hard hitting Astros by silencing their bats. The Yankee starters led by C.C. Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka contained the most rounded offense in baseball and the Yanks bats did what the Yanks bats do in games three, four and five. The pinstriped offense amassed nineteen runs over the three game span to push the Astros to the brink of elimination. It’s been said that the series hasn’t started until someone loses at home. If that happens tomorrow in Houston, the series will be starting and finishing at the same time. To stop the bleeding, the Astros will send Justin Verlander to the hill in hopes that he can duplicate his game two masterpiece. The Yankees will counter with Luis Severino, who has exceptional stuff, but hasn’t seemed to settle his post season jitters just yet. Aaron Judge and the Bronx Bombers will look to shake Verlander early before he gets into a groove. Meanwhile the Astros are hoping to get Jose Altuve hitting again, and that the youngster Severino lacks the composure to shut down their top-to-bottom balanced unit.
Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles leads series 3-1
While Yasiel Puig has been hitting well and entertaining the Dodger faithful with his antics, the Dodgers are dominating this series in part because of a historic performance by 3B Justin Turner. How good has he been you ask? I’ll tell you. According to MLB Network, this Game of Thrones extra look-a-like has put up the third highest OPS (on-base plus slugging) rate in playoff history. The two guys in front of him in all of postseason baseball history? Two guys by the names of Ruth and Gehrig. Let me know if you’ve ever heard of them… With the exception of a solid performance last night by Jake Arrieta to prevent the sweep, the Cubs have looked overmatched in almost every facet of the game. The Dodgers will look to close out last year’s World Series champions tonight at Wrigley Field, sending ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound looking to solidify his post season credentials, which have, at least thus far, been unremarkable by his lofty standards. The Cubs will counter with Jose Quintana, who has been solid in these playoffs, despite several no decisions. He only allowed two runs in game one of the NLCS, before the bullpen gave way to a torrent of Dodgers offense.
Tom Capo writes about sports, parenting, food, wine and travel; but seldom all at once. He’s currently working on his first novel and collection of shorter fiction. He lives in the Bay Area with all of his girls; wife Allison, daughter Liliana and dog Artemis.