Monday, October 25, 2021

MLB Playoffs: Pennant Winners

Our coverage of the MLB playoffs dropped off mainly because the drama simply disappeared.  In the American League, the Red Sox went up two games to one and took and early 2-0 lead in Game Four.  And then they pretty much stopped scoring.  Houston came back to win Game Four 9-2.  Then the Astros won Game Five 9-1.  Then they won Game Six 5-0.  So in the last 26 innings of the ALCS, the Red Sox were outscored 23-1.

The Dodgers had one final moment of glory, beating the Braves 11-2 behind three home runs from Chris Taylor to win the last game of the year at Dodger Stadium.  So the Braves led three games to two as the teams headed to Atlanta.  The Dodgers were hoping to use Max Scherzer in Game Six, but he turned up with a dead arm and could not pitch.  It didn't matter anyway, as the Dodgers couldn't do much on offense.  The Braves jumped out to an early lead and rolled home with a 4-2 victory that gave Atlanta its first National League pennant since 1999.  It is really hard to believe it's been that long.

So the World Series comes down to two teams from the old National League West, the best baseball division that ever was.  Folks on Twittter have suggested that Houston and Atlanta should wear their uniforms from the early 1980's.  I totally agree, and I really wish we could get Skip Caray, Ernie Johnson, and (of course) Pete Van Wieran to call the games.  Those guys were great.

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