Scouts: Prof couldn’t be here, she was celebrating her birthday yesterday (Happy Birthday Prof!) when a bunch of aliens, landed and abducted her. Right as she was eating her cake! It seems they were in need of a tutor on WHIP, BABIP, ISO, ERA+, and as to why Aubrey Huff is such a gigantic, loudmouth jackass. That last one may take a while. Last night, the ALDS got officially underway, and we have Baseball things to discuss!
Astros 10, Athletics 5 – Scouts: Oh boy. You are either in the small group of Astros fans, or the larger pool who absolutely hates them for the cheating and wants to see them lose as painfully as possible. Well, last night didn’t help if you are on Team USA. The official recap will talk about how the team was free swinging and how they got their groove back, but anyone who watched the game will tell you the game pivoted on a two-out fielding error by Marcus Semien in the 6th which led to 4 unearned Astro runs and absolutely cost Oakland the game. This was a massive mistake that could be a defining moment in the best of 5 series.
Yankees 9, Rays 3 – Scouts: There are many who dislike the Yankees, claiming they have an unfair advantage and can simply buy their way to the playoffs year after year. Those critics won’t be silenced by Gerrit Cole’s performance last night. Cole, who signed a 9 year 324 million dollar deal with the Yankees in July was signed for one specific purpose. Pitching in the playoffs. Cole shut down the best team in the AL allowing just 3 runs over 6 innings. The game was actually neck and neck until the Yankees busted out for 5 runs in the 5th against John Curtiss. New York did what New York does best. Hit homers. Clint Frazier, Kyle Higashioka, Aaron Judge, all went deep for the Yanks, capping it off with a Giancarlo Stanton Grand Slam in the 9th. Come on Tampa, the world is looking toward you to turn the tide and beat back the Evil Empire!