If for some reason you were isolated from any form of social media, television, or radio broadcasts, allow me to inform you of yesterday’s events:
American League: Oakland was blanked by Detroit. Verlander pitched a 4-hit shutout, sending the young cast of Moneyball 2 back to the dugout via strikeout 11 times. The Tigers move on to face the Yankees in the ALCS, which should be a pretty good series.
The Yankees beat the Orioles 3-1 behind CC Sabathia’s complete game effort. Hopefully the ALCS will be filled with great pitching and overall good baseball with these two teams. Maybe A-Rod will be able to muster up a hit, maybe even one for extra bases?
Nevermind. Verlander and Fister have already put that silly notion to rest.
The Giants are on their way to the NLCS after beating the Reds in stupendous fashion on Friday, winning 6-4 courtesy of a Buster Posey grand slam. Thank goodness we won’t have to deal with Dusty’s toothpick-twirling face on television sets until next season.
With their win, the Giants will face the Cardinals in the NLCS. I stayed up to watch the end of the Cardinals and Nationals duke it out, thinking that the Nationals had the game in the bag with a 7-5 lead in the top of the ninth. Silly me. Everybody knows that the Cardinals rely on late, dramatic comebacks in the postseason. I watched in disbelief as Drew Storen was unable to control his pitches and keep the Cardinals lineup in check. St. Louis went on to score 4 runs in the ninth to win game 5 and clinch their spot in the NLCS.
Today would have been Strasburg’s start. If only, if only.
Melky Cabrera was reinstated after his 50-game suspension, but will not play for the remainder of the year, however long that may be.
There is an MLB pitcher who has a new pet named Cat Latos. I bet you can’t guess who it is!