ALDS Games Three, 2017

This applies to both of today’s games: Teams with 2-0 leads have won the series 66 times and lost nine.

First game: Astros at Red Sox, 11:30 AM PT, TV: FS1

The Astros try to close out the Sox today, sending RHP Brad Peacock (13-2, 3.00 ERA) to the mound to face the Red Sox’ RHP Doug Fister (5-9, 4.88 ERA). Peacock beat the Sox in his only appearance against them on September 28. He’s had no prior postseason experience. Fister lost to the Astros in his only start against them on September 29. He’s made eight postseason starts but none since 2014 with the Nats.

Second game: Indians at Yankees, 4:30 PM PT, TV: FS1

RHP Carlos Carrasco (18-6, 3.29 ERA) takes the hill for the Indians in the Bronx tonight. He’ll face the Yankees’ RHP Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74 ERA). Carrasco has had the best year of his career, but what’s even more germane is that on the road as he’ll be tonight he’s 11-2 with a 2.65 ERA and a .210/.266/.336 opponents’ slash line. Similarly, Tanaka is 9-5 with a 3.22 ERA at home in Yankee Stadium, far better than on the road.

Today in baseball history: It’s the anniversary of Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game Five of the 1956 World Series. It’s also the date of Ernie Lombardi’s “Swoon” in 1939, when the Reds’ catcher was run over at home plate by Charlie Keller of the Yankees and was so dazed that Joe DiMaggio was able to score all the way from first before he recovered. And in 1959 the Dodgers beat the White Sox in Game Six to win the World Series. More at National Pastime.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Interest today on the outcomes because they will determine starting time for Dodgers-Snakes on Monday. These 2 am finishes wipe my out.

  • And the Astros leap to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

    • WBBsAs

      The Sawx have holes in them, and need to be darned.

  • And now the Sox take a 4-3 lead in the third.

    • WBBsAs

      You misspelled “Sawx.”

  • True to form in this postseason, the starters are both gone from this game.

  • I have been a little slower to get really psyched up for the first two games partly due to the 10:30 PM EST start time for the first game but watching the end of game yesterday this morning, the crowd and the game make me yearn for a game tonight. Have to wait for Monday.

    • John_from_Aus

      It been nice for me over here, I’ve had both games live on TV and they have both been in the middle of the day. Life means that I couldn’t sit for 4 hours to watch all of it, but I’ve certainly felt a part of it all.

    • HLKLA

      I am in the same boat.

  • Puig does on-field interview in English!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Yank Bird does a Cody against Miller.

  • RBI

    Nail biter went to the Yankees.

    • WBBsAs

      Even though I despise the Yanquis, on principle, I can’t get worked up about AL baseball.

  • Bob_Hendley
    • WBBsAs

      Counter-factual history….

      What some people were hoping for in 1981.

  • WBBsAs
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