Prof: Two games played. Four teams enter. Only two can advance. Who are the best of the best, the beast and the least? We shall see…
Cardinals 13, Braves 1 (NLDS Game 5, Cardinals win series 3-2) – Prof: Yeah, well, it was bound to happen. When the core of your team is whiffing everything, and the leader of your team isn’t leading their way out of a paper bag, all while everyone and their dog is blaming the one guy who continued to show up at bat for making a very simple mistake…well. I might be a Braves fan, but I’m not an idiot. You have to play the game to win, and St. Louis called upon every perceived slight, every imaginary offense, and every scrap of Devil F’n Magic to win this game. Many altars to Jobu were in that away team clubhouse. But let’s talk about the actual game, folks.
In a record breaking performance, the Cardinals scored ten runs in the first inning and basically murdered any chances that Atlanta had of repeating the last time Folty and Flaherty met up. In fact, Mike Foltynewicz couldn’t even last the first inning – he had six earned runs and didn’t even last a full inning at all. Meanwhile, the Cards ace went six innings and struck out eight Braves. Firing on all cylinders. The worst thing? St. Louis didn’t hit a single home run in this massacre. Oh well. Let’s see who the Redbirds will match up against in the NLCS!
Nationals 7, Dodgers 3 F/10 – (NLDS Game 5, Nationals win series 3-2) – Scouts: Being that I live on the East Coast, I’m unable to stay up until 4am to watch a baseball game. And with MLB apparently deciding they don’t care if people actually are able to watch their product this game ended sometime around the crack of dawn. When I went to bed, the Dodgers had the game under control, and one would have been forgiven for assuming that the game would finalize with the Dodgers moving on to face the Cardinals. Well, one would be wrong. Things didn’t get off to a great start for Washington with Stephen Strasburg giving up three early runs thanks to homers by Max Muncy and Enrique Hernandez in the first two innings. But somehow the Nats shut it all down from there, blanking L.A. the rest of the way. Walker Buehler was dealing, holding the Nats to 1 run and 4 hits over 6.2 innings. Who did the Dodgers turn to in their time of need? Why none other than Clayton Kershaw. That turned out disastrous as Kershaw was only able to mange a single out, all while allowing solo homers to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto in the 8th. The runs gave the Nats enough to send things into over time, and that’s when Howie Kendrick stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded against Joe Kelly. It should be noted that at this time, Dodger closer, Kenley Jansen, who racked up 33 saves in the 2019 season, was sitting firmly on the bench. Well, Joe Kelly coughed up a Grand Slam to Kendrick, and the Dodgers had a short trip home to being their off-season vacation.