ALDS Games Three, 2019

Here’s the road map which lays out how that might happen.

On this day in baseball history Whitey Ford beats the Phillies to complete a World Series sweep, Gil Hodges finishes a World Series 0-21 at the plate, Curt Flood is traded from the Cardinals to the Phillies and refuses to report, and Benny Agbayani hits a 13th-inning HR to beat the Cubs in the longest NLDS game ever played — 5 hours and 22 minutes.

The early game is really early for me at 7:05 AM my time. It features the Astros at Rays, 10:05 AM PDT, TV: MLBN

The Astros have a 2-0 lead in the series. They send out their third starter, RHP Zack Greinke, to face the Rays’ RHP Charlie Morton, who’s already distinguished himself this postseason by winning the Wild Card Game last week. Morton was 16-6 with a 3.05 ERA on the year, while Greinke was 8-1 with a 3.02 ERA for the Astros after coming over from the D-Backs at the trade deadline. He was 18-5 with a 2.93 ERA overall.

Astros lineup:

Rays lineup:

The late game showcases the Yankees at Twins, 5:40 PM PDT, TV: FS1

The Yankees lead the series 2-0. They’ll send RHP Luis Severino to the mound in Minneapolis. He spent most of the season on the IL, making just three starts in September. He’s got a career 6.26 ERA in six postseason starts. His opponent will be RHP Jake Odorizzi, who gave up nine runs in four innings against the Yankees on July 24 and hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of the ten starts he’s made since.

Yankees lineup:

Twins lineup:

27 thoughts on “ALDS Games Three, 2019

  1. The current roster for the Nationals in the NLDS is 21-for-64 (.328) vs. Hill. The best are Zimmerman, 6-for-12 with 2 HRs; Eaton, 2-for-4; Turner, 3-for-7; Suzuki, 2-for-5; Rendon, 2-for-6, and Cabrera, 2-for-7. Rendon, Cabrera and Kendrick have also homered, once each, against Hill.

  2. From my local paper, the Providence Journal, one of the most mind-numbingly stupid trade suggestions ever for how to fix the Sawx…

    Trade David Price, Rafael Devers and Gilberto Jimenez to the Dodgers for SP Dustin May, 3B Justin Turner, INF Gavin Lux and OF Alex Verdugo

    Devers was terrific this year at age 22, with an OPS+ a whopping 2 pts. higher that of Turner. Jimenez is a minor league outfielder I’ve never heard of. The author kindly throws Turner (and his contract) in there as a sop for the Dodgers taking on what’s left of Price’s contract (3 yrs at ~$31M/yr).

    Note, the idea here is to clear Price’s salary to resign Mookie Betts. My feeling is that a better solution to this problem is for the the Dodgers to take the money they’d have to pay Price in the proposed deal, and use it to sign Betts.

  3. A Carpenter error resulted in three unearned runs in the fifth inning for the Braves, who lead the Cards, 4-3, after 6 1/2 innings.

  4. Cards lead the Braves, 3-1, after four innings. Let it go five games. Atlanta’s Keuchel has been knocked out. St. Louis’ pitcher was named after two states and a river.

  5. The current roster for the Dodgers in the NLDS is 19-for-106 (.179) vs. Scherzer. The best are Turner, 3-for-6 with 2 HRs, Muncy 3-for-9 with 1 HR, and Taylor 2-for-9. No others are at .200 or above. The other three HRs by current Dodgers off Scherzer are one each by Pederson, Pollock and Seager.

    • Where’s Scott Van Slyke? His career against Miley: 8-for-18 with 3 doubles and 5 homers. His slash: .444/.524/.1.444/1.968. SVS hit only 29 homers in 760 career at bats. He is only 33 now.

  6. I wonder whether Davey Martínez will dare use Strasburg in relief today. Or Corbin again?

      • I think Dodgers admitted that the last week of the season, but he did have an encouraging inning in game one – 16 pitches, 11 for strikes, and two K’s.

        • Kelly is like having an old car, one that you never know whether or not it will start (or relieve).