Coming into Game 1 of the ALDS for all four teams tonight, two teams will take an early lead, the other will have to fight from a hole.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will now be facing the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NDLS. This was a very surprising and unexpected win for some as a majority of predictions had the Rockies winning. Last night, the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 11-8 to win the National League Wild Card game.
Archie Bradley may have been the difference maker in this game. He gave up two home runs in the 8th inning making the game 8-7 Arizona. When he got up to the plate in the bottom of the 7th though, with two runners on, he helped put the game out of reach for the Rockies. Bradley gave the ball a blast, not far enough to leave the park, but far enough to score both runners on and give himself a triple.
Paul Goldschmidt led off the game with a 3-run home run in the first inning off of Jon Gray. This was extremely similar to the Yankees/Twins game the other night. Gray was left in for 1.1 innings giving up a total four earned runs. Over the second and third inning, the Diamondbacks scored another three runs.
It wasn’t until the fourth that the Rockies started to mount a comeback. They scored four runs in the fourth thanks to a string of hits. This game was not a pitcher’s duel as there were a total 30 hits in the game between both teams. For the Rockies, eight different players had RBIs. No one stood out as a top player for them, which may have been their downfall. All eight runs were scored by eight different players.
The early lead put up by the Diamondbacks put the game in their favor immediately. A.J Pollock, Daniel Descalso and Paul Goldschmidt all had at least two RBIs. Andrew Chafin recorded the win for the Diamondbacks in his first ever postseason game. On the year, he had 51.1 IP with a 3.51 ERA and 61 strikeouts. He pitched 0.1 innings to get this win.
A record tying four triples were recorded in this game. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo isn’t totally surprised though.
“This ballpark, with big gaps, the ball can move quickly through the grass. I think triples in this ballpark don’t totally surprise me. But if you compile four in one game, it’s a little bit of a shock. After one day, I think I’ve seen everything, and this was an incredible game.”
Today, the Boston Red Sox take on the Houston Astros in game one at 4:08pm EST. Chris Sale, the man who hit 300 strikeouts this year, will be taking on Justin Verlander. This will be Chris Sale’s first postseason start in his career as Verlander has 16 postseason starts. Sale is 5-1 with a 1.31 ERA against the Astros lifetime. Game one is in Houston.
Prediction: Red Sox: 5 Astros: 3
Tonight, I believe Chris Sale dominates on the mound in his postseason debut raking in 11 strikeouts in 7 innings. Betts hits a 3-run home run in the third giving the Sox a good lead with another run scored in the seventh, and one in the eighth. The Astros have to fight back and Jose Altuve does just that in the seventh with a 2-run home run. Their 3rd run comes in the eighth from a Carlos Beltran solo homerun. Then star closer Craig Kimbrel comes out in the ninth and shuts them down for the win in game one.
The New York Yankees travel to Cleveland for game one against the Indians. They play at 7:38pm EST. Sonny Gray gets the start for the Yankees going up against Trevor Bauer. Gray was sent to the Yankees at the trade deadline and did slightly worse for them than he had with the A’s posting a 3.72 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Fortunately for Gray, he has been successful in the postseason with two starts and only giving up three runs between them.
Trevor Bauer is coming off of his best regular season achieving a career best 17 wins and 196 strikeouts. At home, Bauer is 10-4 with a 3.93 ERA. Last year, the Indians lost in the World Series in game seven against the Cubs, so one could say they are back on a mission after having their moment so close to them. They also pulled out a 22-game winning streak this season cruising them into the AL Central title.
As the Yankees had to rely on their bullpen last night, Indians manager Terry Francona has stated that if they have a lead they are “going to get to our bullpen,” which includes would-be starters Danny Salazar and Mike Clevinger.
Prediction: Yankees: 2 Indians 6:
Tonight we see early home runs from Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana giving the Tribe a strong early lead of five before the fifth inning. Aaron Judge knocks a 2-run home run in the sixth, but the Yankees never score again after that. Francisco Lindor knocks a run in during the eighth with a double finishing up all the scoring in game one.
Game one for the ALDS starts tonight, and the NLDS tomorrow night. Stay tuned for some amazing baseball here in October.