It’s October and that means playoff baseball. Here are some interesting bits o’ info in regards to what is going on right now in the MLB playoffs.
The winner of Game 3 in a five game series that was tied 1-1 coming into the contest goes on to win 72 percent of the time (39 of 54).
Current World Series odds…
GIANTS VS. DODGERS – San Francisco Leads 2-1
The Dodgers had won 16-straight games at home before their Game 3 loss.
The Dodgers were last shut out twice in a three-game span early in the 2018 season.
Playoffs bring strange lineups and choices. The Giants started Kris Bryant at first base in Game 3, the first time he’s played the position since being dealt to the Giants. Tyler Rogers made 80 flipping appearances for the Giants. Just two of them were before the seventh inning and just 7-of-80 were before the 8th. He pitched in the 5th inning last night.
Brandon Crawford made the play of the series last night.
Rookie Camilo Doval, the NL Pitcher of the Month in September, had a historic effort in Game 3.
Gavin Lux stood in utter shock when he made the last out of the game. He was positive he hit a homer. The wind knocked it down, and the ball was caught on the track. He was right though, it sure could have been a homer.
Buster Posey’s impressive career resume continues to grow.
It’s just a continuation for a Giants team that people have overlooked all year…
Max Scherzer got the lost in Game 3, but he pitched extremely well save for the Evan Longoria homer.
He also made history in the loss.
Perhaps the Dodgers have a chance…
BREWERS VS. BRAVES – Atlanta Lead 2-1
The Braves will go with aging righty, Charlie Morton, on short rest in Game 4.
If it goes to Game 5, Max Fried would start for Atlanta. Meanwhile, the Brewers will not turn back to Corbin Burnes, instead rolling with Eric Lauer. Here is why.
Burnes/Peralta/Woodruff: 1.69 ERA, 0.93 WHIP over 16 innings as the Brewers haven’t scored in 19 innings. They have one run over 99 plate appearances. They are hitless in 16 RISP at-bats and are hitting .176 in 91 at-bats. The combined total of nine runs through three games is the lowest mark in a division series, through three games, ever.
RAYS VS. RED SOX – Boston Wins 3-1
The Red Sox had 47 hits their last three games to move on the ALCS.
Kike Hernandez making history for the Red Sox. Yeah, makes sense.
Playoffs bring strange lineups and choices. Shane McClanahan was a master in 2021, offering a phenomenal effort for the Rays. He pitched in 25 games. He made two starts on the normal four days of rest. He made 12 starts on five days of rest. He made eight starts, or roughly a third of them, on six days or more. So, in the playoffs what do the Rays do? On October 7th they pitch him five innings and then bring him back on October 11th to get blitzed for five runs while generating two outs.
Randy Arozarena has 17 RBI in 23 playoff games.
WHITE SOX VS. ASTROS – Houston Leads 2-1
It’s Lance McCullers versus the hopeful Carlos Rodon in Game 4 after the weather-out of Monday. McCullers allowed just four hits over 6.2 scoreless innings in Game 1.
Astros arm update for Game 4.
If the series goes give games, the White Sox have not announced their plans yet.