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Thursday is the final day without postseason baseball
04-18-2019, 05:35 AM,
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Thursday is the final day without postseason baseball
for at least a week.After an unusually fast ALDS and NLDS , the second round of the Major League Baseball postseason begins Friday with Game 1 of the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers.The ALCS pitting the Houston Astros against the Boston Red Sox opens up Saturday night at Fenway Park.Since all four teams were seen as World Series contenders before the postseason, the odds for each of them to win the title are low heading into the ALCS and NLCS, per OddsShark. Updated BracketMLB MLBAnd then there were four. zkz6Us6fGL PredictionsMilwaukee In 6Milwaukee's lineup will be tested right away Friday, as Clayton Kershaw trots out to the mound for the Dodgers.Kershaw will pitch in Game 1 of the NLCS on extra rest and off a tremendous outing in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves.While an eight-inning performance is more of what we expect out of Kershaw, he's had mixed results on the road in the last two postseasons.The Brewers are hoping they get to Kershaw like the Astros did in Game 5 of the 2017 World Series, which would force the Dodgers to outhit the home side at Miller Park.Aaron Gash/Associated PressDuring the regular season, the Brewers tied with the Chicago Cubs for the most home wins of any team in the National League.Milwaukee reeled off two more home victories in the NLDS over the Colorado Rockies, and in order to put pressure on the defending NL champion, it must take Game 1.Forcing Kershaw out of the game before the fifth inning will be made possible by the bats in the middle of the Milwaukee order.If Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich reach base, Ryan Braun and Mike Moustakas should continue their strong performances at the plate, as the pair combined for nine hits in three games versus the Rockies.By getting out to an early lead, the Brewers set a goal for their starters to reach the sixth or seventh inning before the dominant bullpen takes over.That formula can be followed throughout the series, and it will lead to a home victory in Game 5 and a road triumph in Game 6 after tough sledding at Dodger Stadium in Games 3 and 4.Containing Los Angeles' top bats won't be an easy task for the Milwaukee pitching staff, but it proved in the NLDS it's up to the task by recording two straight shutouts to finish off the series.Boston in 7You can make a convincing argument for either the Astros or Red Sox to advance to the World Series.Houston carries the most postseason experience of the four remaining teams after capturing the title in 2017 Trevor Story Jersey , while the Red Sox have one of the best lineups in baseball and a powerful pitching staff anchored by Chris Sale.What occurs beneath Sale in the Boston rotation could alter the shape of the series, as David Price struggled once again in October in Game 2 of the ALDS.Charles Krupa/Associated PressTo start the series, Sale will oppose Justin Verlander in one of the top postseason pitching battles in recent history, and it's a matchup we could see at least once more if the series goes the distance.Price is currently slated to go against Gerrit Cole in Sunday's Game 2, but if he comes anywhere close to repeating his 1.2-inning outing, Red Sox manager Alex Cora has to consider pulling him from the rotation in favor of Nathan Eovaldi, Rick Porcello or another pitcher.Price's effectiveness on the mound could also affect the freshness of Boston's bullpen, but the Red Sox will be able to cover up the shortcomings with their offense.Although home-field advantage is important in any series, the Red Sox and Astros could trade road wins since they were the two best road teams in the American League in the regular season.Houston's 57-24 road mark was the same record posted by the Red Sox at Fenway Park.Both offenses will have a game in which they unleash three or four home runs, and there could be multiple occurrences of that given the talent in each lineup.With the margins being so tight throughout the series, the AL pennant will come down to a Game 7 showdown between Sale and Verlander.Sale is 12-6 at Fenway Park in his career and produced one of the best outings of the division series against the New York Yankees, as he struck out nine and conceded two earned runs over 6.1 innings.If the left-hander posts similar numbers in Game 7, he'll give the Red Sox an opportunity to return to the World Series for the first time since 2013.Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90Statistics obtained from Baseball Reference CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Quintana dazzled all night long.The Chicago Cubs had the right guy on the mound for a big game against the Milwaukee Brewers.Quintana pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning , Victor Caratini drove in two runs and the Cubs beat the Brewers 3-0 on Tuesday to regain their two-game lead in the NL Central.Quintana (13-9) continued his mastery of Milwaukee in a huge spot, improving to 6-2 with a 1.60 ERA in 10 career starts against the Brewers. The veteran left-hander struck out seven and walked two in 6 2/3 innings in his second straight victory over Jhoulys Chacin, also winning at Milwaukee last Wednesday.“He always throws well, it seems, against the Brewers,” manager Joe Maddon said.Quintana received a standing ovation from the crowd of 37,017 when he departed with the bases loaded after a replay review awarded an infield single to pinch-hitter Hernan Perez. Justin Wilson then struck out pinch-hitter Manny Pina on three pitches, preserving Chicago’s 2-0 lead and drawing another loud roar at Wrigley Field.Jorge De La Rosa pitched a perfect eighth and Pedro Strop finished the three-hitter for his 13th save in 17 chances. Shortstop Addison Russell made an outstanding backhanded stop to retire Ryan Braun for the second out of the ninth, drawing a jaw-dropping reaction from teammate David Bote at third base.“My goodness,” Maddon said.Milwaukee (83-63) had won seven of eight, including a 3-2 victory in the series opener that trimmed Chicago’s division lead to one game. Chacin (14-7) pitched five innings of one-hit ball, but some sloppy play in the second proved costly for the wild card-leading Brewers.Ben Zobrist led off with a grounder that skipped by second baseman Jonathan Schoop for an error. With one out and runners on second and third, Chacin threw the ball into center field in an apparent miscommunication with shortstop Orlando Arcia while trying to pick off Javier Baez at second.“I got a sinker on my hand and just the ball sailed a bit more,” Chacin said. “But like I said Greg Holland Jersey , I was trying to set up the pickoff there and was just waiting for Arcia to get on the base.”Zobrist scored on Chacin’s error and the Brewers brought their infield in with Caratini at the plate. The backup catcher then hit a soft liner on the 10th pitch of his at-bat that went off the glove of a leaping Schoop for an RBI single.Caratini added a run-scoring double against Brandon Woodruff in the seventh, providing some sorely needed production at the bottom of Chicago’s lineup. It was Caratini’s first game since he had three hits and four RBIs in a doubleheader at Washington on Saturday.“I felt really good up there,” Caratini said through a translator. “I was just trying to have quality at-bats and luckily I had really good results.”Quintana threw 108 pitches, 68 for strikes. He is 3-0 with a 1.84 ERA in his last five outings overall.“We’ve been unable to solve him for sure,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.STATISTICALLY SPEAKINGBrewers star Christian Yelich reached safely for the 27th straight game when he walked in the fourth. It’s the longest active streak in the NL and matches his career high set in 2014.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: LHP Jon Lester, who left his start on Monday night with lower back tightness, said he didn’t feel great on Tuesday, but he didn’t think he would miss any time. If the Cubs are rained out Thursday in Washington — the forecast is a bit dicey — they could adjust their rotation to provide more rest for Lester. … OF Kyle Schwarber (back) was unavailable. … RHP Brandon Morrow (right biceps inflammation) is scheduled for another bullpen session on Wednesday. “One moment at a time, try to evaluate it afterwards and see where we’re at,” Maddon said.UP NEXTBrewers RHP Chase Anderson (9-7, 3.95 ERA) and Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (11-10, 3.71 ERA) pitch in the series finale on Wednesday night. Anderson is unbeaten in his last nine starts, going 3-0 with a 4.34 ERA since his last loss on July 14 at Pittsburgh. Hendricks is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA over his last three outings.
05-19-2019, 11:27 PM,
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RE: Thursday is the final day without postseason baseball
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