It’s been a crazy baseball season.
The Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros and New York Yankees all won 100+ games.
Jacob DeGrom had one of the BEST SEASONS OF ANY PITCHER, EVER. The poor guy played for a team that failed to give him run support in many of his starts, and ended up with a 10-9 record, buttt will probably still be the Cy Young winner in the NL.
Blake Snell put the extremely Surprising Tampa Bay Rays on his back, going 21-5 with a sub 2.00 ERA, and 200+ K’s.
The Oakland Athletics pulled off an incredible season that nobody anticipated, and are traveling to the Bronx, Wednesday night to take on the Yankees in the first AL postseason match up of the year.
The Miami Marlins went into this season shipping off Their three all star outfielders, two of which will be making their postseason debuts. (Christian Yelich & Giancarlo Stanton)
These two dudes did exactly what their teams needed them to do when they were acquired. Yelich became the superstar that all true baseball fans knew he’d be, from the moments of starring for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic to hitting .330 with 36 bombs and 110+ RBI’s, and in all likelihood winning the National League MVP award. Stanton was no slouch either, stepping up for the Yankees in a year filled and scattered with long DL stints from Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Didi Gregorious; hitting at a .270 clip with 38 dingers and 100 RBI’s…
But alllll of this craziness and excitement led to TWO games 163’s. Two tiebreakers for Division titles. (The NL West and NL Central, respectively)
The Milwaukee Brewers took-on the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in the early afternoon, with some gorgeous weather, and it sure felt like playoff baseball although it isn’t playoff ball quite yet.
The Brewers upended the Cubs 3 to 1, behind a strong pitching performance from Jhoulys Chacin, and more big time performances at the plate by the Brewers heart of Their lineup. Yelich had another bigtime day and showed his clutch gene with a 3 hit game, RBI, and stolen bag. The game was finished off by lefty superstar reliever Josh Hader with a crazy impressive 2 inning save in a Wrigley Field environment that felt a lot like the postseason. The Brew Crew will advance to the NLDS, and the Cubbies will take on the…. (you gotta read the rest of the blog to see)
In game two of the 163’s, the Los Angeles Dodgers took down the red hot Colorado Rockies behind an absolute GEM from young upcoming ace, Walker Buehler, Who helped his own cause with an RBI single as well.
The young studs Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy both had two run homers to take over the game for the Dodgers, and they never really looked back, aside from two 9th inning home by the Rox big sluggers, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, in their failed late inning rally attempt.
The Rockies will be traveling to Wrigley Field for the NL Wild Card showdown, that has the makings to be a lotttt of fun.
Game 163’s showed us one thing…
WE ARE ALL CRAVING OCTOBER BASEBALL.
Feed us the dramatics. Feed us the newfound heroes in ours. Feed us the best time of the year!
Catch up with us later this week following the two wild card games, and we’ll what kind of crazy, movie-like stuff, will occur in the beginning of postseason baseball 2018.
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