Wednesday, October 14, 2015

MLB Playoffs Day 6

In a pulsating day of baseball, the Chicago Cubs polished off the St. Louis Cardinals with a 6-4 win at Wrigley Field.  Don't tell Theo Epstein you can't win post-season series with power hitters -- he won the World Series at Boston with the likes of David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, and his Cubs just hammered the Cardinals into submission.  For years, the Cardinals have relied on their great pitching to grind out victory after victory in the NL playoffs.  This year, the Cardinals had a team ERA of only 2.94 -- much better than any other team in the league.  But the Cardinals could not stop giving up home runs to the Cubs.  In two games at Wrigley Field, the Cubbies whacked nine homers, beating the Cardinals 8-6 and 6-4.  And now they are on to the NLCS, while the Cards will miss the NLCS for the first time since 2010.

Later in the evening, the Dodgers asked their ace -- Clayton Kershaw -- to save their season in front of a manic crowd in Queens, and that is exactly what he did.  Kershaw put his recent post-season struggles behind him, and held the Mets to only 1 run in seven innings.  The Dodger bullpen did the rest, and the Boys in Blue escaped from the New York with a hard-fought 3-1 victory that kept them alive for at least one more game.

New York and Los Angeles will have a final showdown at Dodger Stadium on Thursday night.  Cub fans everywhere will just sit back and watch.

National League Divisional Series:
Chicago defeats St. Louis 3-1
Los Angeles and New York are tied 2-2

American League Divisional Series:
Kansas City and Houston are tied 2-2
Toronto and Texas are tied 2-2

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