By Eric Del Prado
Major League Baseball is in the thick of its postseason, and these series’ are even better than anticipated.
The American League Division Series currently has the two favorites winning. As of Sunday, Oct. 8, the Houston Astros lead the Boston Red Sox two games to one. The Astros had the best record in the American League during the regular season and came out swinging to start the postseason. On Thursday, Oct. 5 the Astros offense hit American League Cy Young Award candidate Chris Sale all over the yard. Astros third baseman Alex Bregman got the scoring going with a homerun in the first inning, but he was outdone by AL MVP candidate Jose Altuve. Altuve became just the ninth player in Major League history to hit three home runs in the same game. This offensive explosion was good enough to give the ‘Stros a 8-2 win in game one. In game two, another young Astros star stole the show as shortstop Carlos Correa drove in four runs to lead the Astros to another 8-2 victory. Game three saw another young star take over the game, this time it was the Red Sox’s 20-year old Rafael Devers that delivered a two run home run in the third inning to give the Red Sox the lead for good. The Red Sox’s win in game three forced a game four, which took place Monday in Boston. The Red Sox need to win this game as well in order to force a win or go home game five in Houston.
The other American League Division Series has the defending AL champion Cleveland Indians taking on the New York Yankees. Game one saw Indians’ pitcher Trevor Bauer dominate the Yankees as he held them hitless for five and one third innings. The Indians got all the offense they needed from Jay Bruce, who hit a homerun and accounted for three RBIs. Game two was a marathon affair that lasted 13 innings. The Yankees got out to a huge lead, but it was diminished by a grand slam from Cleveland’s star shortstop, Francisco Lindor. In the bottom of the 13th inning, Indians’ catcher Yan Gomes won the game with a single that scored Austin Jackson. Game three took place Sunday night and the Yankees won by a score of 1-0, on a home run by Rookie Greg Bird. Game four took place on Monday in New York, with the Yankees needing a win to force a game five.
The National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks got started last Friday Night. The Dodgers got off to a hot start on offense, lead by Justin Turner and his three run home run in the first inning. The Dodgers ended up winning the game by a score of 8-5. In game two the Dodgers had to come from behind after the D-backs scored two runs in the first inning on a home run by Paul Goldschmidt. The Dodgers overcame the deficit with a four fun fifth inning. Game three took place in Arizona on Monday, with the D-backs needing a win in order to keep their season alive.
In the final series, defending world champions the Chicago Cubs are taking on the Washington Nationals. Game one saw the Cubs beat the Nationals 3-0 behind the masterful pitching performance of Kyle Hendricks. The Cubs got out to an early lead in game two, but saw the tides turn when Bryce Harper blasted a game tying home run for the Nationals. Harper’s home run knotted the score at three. Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman broke the tie with a three run shot to give the Nats the lead and ultimately tie up the series. Game three took place on Monday in Chicago, as both teams look to take a commanding lead in the series.