Oct 25

World Series Game One, 2021

Braves at Astros, 5:09 PM PDT, TV: Fox

The Braves send out righthander Charlie Morton (Postseason 0-1, 3.77 ERA), who’s got World Series experience with the Astros (2017) and the Rays (2020). He’ll face the Astros’ lefthander Framber Valdez (Postseason 1-0, 4.20 ERA). He had the longest outing of any starter this postseason on any team: eight innings of three-hit ball against the Red Sox in Game Five of the ALCS. This will be his first World Series.

I’m no fan of the Braves and their loathsome “tomahawk chop” and chant, but my disdain for the Houston Astros can be measured in metric tons, so I guess I’m very mildly rooting for the Atlanta team.

Addendum: Here’s what a guy at Deadspin says about these teams after making suggestions to improve the playoff system:

In the meantime, enjoy the baseball being played by two very good teams who were not the best in baseball this year but earned their way to the World Series. There’s no good rooting option — it’s the cheaters (yes, we’re still for Dusty Baker getting a ring) against the racists (yes, Freddie Freeman seems like a real good dude, and Tyler Matzek is a fantastic story, and so is Eddie Rosario, and not everyone who roots for that team is a racist, but seriously, we’ve been hearing the Chop for 30 years despite it being called out for what it is FROM THE JUMP — oh, and they had anti-vaxxer Travis Tritt sing the national anthem on Saturday) — but the games should be good.

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Oct 23

NLCS Game Six, 2021

Dodgers at Braves, 5:07 PM PDT, TV: TBS

Max Scherzer reports his arm is still tired, so the Dodgers’ RHP Walker Buehler (postseason 0-1, 3.77 ERA) has stepped up to volunteer to start this elimination game. He’ll be on short rest: he started Game Three on Oct. 19. He’ll face the Braves’ RHP Ian Anderson (postseason 1-0, 2.25 ERA). Anderson has had his full complement of rest days: he last pitched in Game Two on Oct 17.

Today in baseball history Branch Rickey announced the signing of Jackie Robinson and Johnny Wright in 1947, Joe Carter hit a walk-off home run in Game Six of the 1993 World Series to give Toronto its second consecutive title and the Giants won their 21st pennant as Juan Uribe homered in the 8th inning of Game Six of the NLCS in 2010.

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Oct 22

ALCS Game Six, 2021

Red Sox at Astros, 5:08 PM PDT, TV: FS1

The visiting Red Sox need to win today to stay alive. They’ll give the ball to RHP Nathan Eovaldi (postseason 2-1, 5.51 ERA) and ask him to keep the Astros down. The Astros ask RHP Luis Garcia (postseason 0-1, 24.55 ERA) to end the Series right now.

Today in baseball history John Updike published his ode to Ted Williams as “The Kid” played his final game at Fenway Park in 1960, in 1975 the Reds beat the Red Sox in a World Series filled with reversals, home runs, and foul balls waved fair, Albert Pujols homered three times in Game Three of the 2011 World Series, and in 2016 the Cubs beat the Dodgers in Game Six of the NLCS to win their first pennant in 71 years.

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Oct 21

NLCS Game Five, 2021

Braves at Dodgers, 5:07 PM PDT, TV: TBS

LHP Max Fried (postseason 1-0, 1.50 ERA) tries to close out the Series for the Braves, while the Dodgers throw their entire bullpen (or at least those who aren’t exhausted).

Today in baseball history the newly-moved San Francisco Giants bought and moved the San Francisco Seals to Phoenix, Arizona. The hallowed PCL team had played in the City-by-the-Bay since 1903. The Phillies won their first-ever World Series behind Steve Carlton’s four-hitter in 1980 on this date, in 2000 the Yankees and Mets played the longest World Series game ever (to that point), 12 innings in 4:51, and in 2006 two rookie pitchers started a World Series game against one another for the first time; the Cardinals’ Anthony Reyes outdueled the Tigers’ Justin Verlander.

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Oct 20

NLCS Game Four, 2021

It’s gotta be the haircut. He started hitting the moment he cut his hair. Sort of a reverse Samson.

Houston Mitchell in the LA Times on Bellinger’s home run

Braves at Dodgers, 5:08 PM PDT, TV: TBS

The Braves give the ball to RHP Huascar Ynoa (postseason 0-0, 18.00 ERA). He’ll face the Dodgers’ LHP Julio Urías (postseason 1-0, 3.60 ERA). The Dodgers hope that Urías can bounce back from his relief showing in Game Two in which he gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and Atlanta tied and later won the game.

Today in baseball history Gene Tenace hit his fourth home run of the Series in 1972, Orel Hershiser threw a four-hitter to win Game Five and the Series for the Dodgers in 1988 and the Red Sox completed their 2004 ALCS comeback from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Yankees and move on to the World Series.

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Oct 20

ALCS Game Five, 2021

Astros at Red Sox, 2:08 PM PDT, TV: FS1

LHP Framber Valdez (postseason 0-0, 7.71 ERA) goes for the Astros and LHP Chris Sale (postseason 0-0, 14.73 ERA) goes for the Red Sox. Yes, it’s a rematch of the Game One pitchers. Houston won that one.

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Oct 19

ALCS Game Four, 2021

Astros at Red Sox, 5:08 PM PDT, TV: FS1

The Astros hand the ball to one-time ace RHP Zack Greinke (11-6, 4.16 ERA); the Red Sox counter with RHP Nick Pivetta (9-8, 4.53 ERA). Boston leads the series 2 games to 1.

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Oct 19

NLCS Game Three, 2021

Braves at Dodgers, 2:08 PM PDT, TV: TBS

RHP Charlie Morton (postseason 0-1, 3.36 ERA) takes the mound for the Braves to face RHP Walker Buehler (postseason 0-1, 3.38 ERA) of the Dodgers. The Braves lead the series 2 – 0.

Today in baseball history Rick Monday homered in Game Five of the 1981 NLCS to beat the Expos out of the World Series and Curt Schilling won Game Six of the 2004 World Series with a bloody sock.

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Oct 18

ALCS Game Three, 2021

Astros at Red Sox, 5:07 PM PDT, TV: FS1

RHP Jose Urquidy (8-3, 3.62 ERA) pitches for the Astros and LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (postseason 0-1, 5.40 ERA) goes for the Red Sox.

Today in baseball history in 1950 Connie Mack retired after 50 years of managing in the big leagues, Casey Stengel was fired for being 70 years old and losing the 1960 World Series to the Pirates on Bill Mazeroski’s walk-off home run, Reggie Jackson homered in three consecutive at-bats in the 1977 World Series, and David Ortiz singled in Johnny Damon in the 14th inning of Game Five of the 2004 ALCS to beat the Yankees.

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Oct 17

NLCS Game Two, 2021

Dodgers at Braves, 4:38 PM PDT, TV: TBS

The Dodgers give the ball to RHP Max Scherzer (postseason 0-1, 1 SV, 1.46 ERA). He’ll face the Braves’ RHP Ian Anderson (postseason 1-0, 0.00 ERA).

Today in baseball history Steve Blass threw a four-hitter and the Pirates beat the Orioles in Game Seven to win the 1971 World Series, in Game Seven of the 1979 World Series Willie Stargell went 3-4 and the Pirates overcame a three games to one deficit and beat the Orioles (again!), and the Loma Prieta earthquake rattled the Bay Area just minutes before Game Three of the 1989 World Series was to begin.

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