Scott Boeck USA TODAY Published 8:23 PM EDT Oct 5, 2018 The Milwaukee Brewers are one game from advancing to the National League Championship Series for the first time since 2011 after defeating the Rockies 4-0 in Game 2 of the best-of-five NL Division Series at Miller Park. For the second straight game, the Brewers pitching staff shut down the Rockies lineup. Jhoulys Chacin, starting on three days' rest for the first time in his career, was sharp and tossed five scoreless innings, allowing three hits. Hernan Perez provided the Brewers with a run in the fourth inning, doubling to left center to drive in Mike Moustakas. They scored three insurance runs, including a broken-bat two-run single by journeyman Erik Kratz, in the eighth to take a 4-0 lead.The bullpen closed it out. The Rockies offense has been horrible this week -- six runs in 41 innings -- and against the Brewers, batting .156 in the series. It has produced two runs … [Read more...] about MLB playoffs: Jhoulys Chacin, Brewers shut out Rockies, lead NLDS 2-0
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Ted Berg USA TODAY Sports Published 1:40 AM EDT Oct 4, 2018 NEW YORK -- All rise again. From the start of the 2017 season until the day he hit the disabled list in late July of this year, Aaron Judge undoubtedly stood as the Yankees’ best hitter and centerpiece of their much ballyhooed youth movement. But Judge needed nearly two months to recover from the chip fracture he suffered when he took a Jake Junis fastball to the right wrist on June 26, defying the Yankees’ initial estimate that he might miss only a few weeks. Hand injuries are known to sap hitters’ power, and Judge’s performance in September after his long-awaited return to the lineup offered real cause for concern: The towering slugger had 26 home runs with a .947 OPS in 99 games before the injury, but hit only one long ball with a pedestrian .675 OPS in 11 September games thereafter. In his first at-bat of the AL wild-card game Wednesday, Judge quieted his doubters in the loudest possible … [Read more...] about MLB playoffs: Aaron Judge’s bat gives Yankees’ lineup new life for ALDS
Bob Nightengale USA TODAY Published 4:56 AM EDT Oct 3, 2018 CHICAGO -- Cubs catcher Willson Contreras sat motionless, still in full uniform, wiping tears from his eyes at 1 in the morning Wednesday, staring at the floor. First baseman Anthony Rizzo, with smeared eye-black still on his face, walked around the clubhouse, hugging teammates, not knowing how many of them he’ll be seeing next spring. Center fielder Albert Almora sat still, looking at the ceiling with tear-filled eyes, unable to fathom he has played his last game until spring training. Winter is coming awfully early in Chicago. The Cubs’ season is over. They lost 2-1 in 13 innings to the Colorado Rockies in the longest postseason elimination game in baseball history, and longest postseason game played at Wrigley Field. The sellout crowd of 40,151 sat in stunned silence as they watched another team in back-to-back nights celebrate on the field. … [Read more...] about MLB playoffs: For Cubs, winter is here. And no one is happy about it.
Bob Nightengale USA TODAY Published 3:51 PM EDT Oct 2, 2018 Loyalty no longer exists in baseball, and sentimentalism disappeared ages ago. Major League Baseball has turned cutthroat. You better win, and better keep on winning, or baby, you are gone. A year ago, Paul Molitor was winning the American League manager of the year award, taking a team that had lost 103 games the previous season and leading the Minnesota Twins to the wild-card game against the New York Yankees. He was even rewarded with a three-year contract. Today, he is unemployed. The Twins informed Molitor in an emotional meeting Tuesday morning that he was fired. Oh, he was offered a job to stay on as a special assistant, but that’s only a public relations ploy. Molitor is getting paid anyway, so please don’t insult him. Forget that he’s a Hall of Famer, producing 3,319 hits, the 10th-most in baseball history. Forget that he’s a native of the Twin Cities, attending Cretin-Durham High … [Read more...] about Twins’ Paul Molitor firing proves no manager is safe in cutthroat MLB
USA TODAY Sports Published 8:36 AM EDT Oct 2, 2018 The Houston Astros, who finished with 103 victories, are set up to be the first team to win back-to-back World Series titles since the New York Yankees in 1998-2000, according to USA TODAY Sports' seven-person panel. The Astros, and not the Boston Red Sox who won a franchise record 108 games. were the overwhelming choice to win with four panelists opting for Houston and one each choosing the Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers. In the National League, the Milwaukee Brewers and Dodgers, who each had to play a tiebreaker game to decide the division title, each received three votes to win the pennant. Major League Baseball's playoffs begin Tuesday and Wednesday nights with the NL and AL wild card games. The NL Division Series begin Thursday, and the ALDS starts Friday. Game 1 of the World Series is scheduled for Oct. 23. Our playoff predictions: Ted Berg Dodgers over Astros in 6: The … [Read more...] about MLB playoff predictions: Astros popular choice to win World Series