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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Wednesday, 10-30-19:

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MLB Update:

  • It’s certainly a mad, mad, mad, mad world in MLB, what with the big red W’s finding treasure in the 7th game of the World Series … on the road and against all odds. lt took a team with a pretty sturdy constitution to find those late inning runs, amid thousands of screaming Texans and against an All-Star pitcher who was, by the start of the 7th, simply cruising with a 1-hitter. Rendon got them going with a homer, and then Howie hunkered down and found a pitch he could handle. When the dust had cleared, Houston’s questionable bullpen was just not up to standards, and Cole (who for whatever reason was not ready) sat harmlessly watching from the bench. We’ve never seen a road warrior series like this one, and don’t expect a repeat in your lifetime. Let’s hope there are a few Washingtonians who’ve been around for the 90+ year wait and now have another title. #Nationals #Astros
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Tuesday, 10-29-19:

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  • Martinez loses his cool and gets thrown out, but it’s the Astros who fail their 2nd Stras test. Throw in a modern-day Rasputin living “Deep in the Heart of Texas”, as Rendon erupts for 5 big ribbies, along with Soto’s impression of Breggy drawing attention to himself down the first base line … oh so perfect. Get ready for memorable Game 7. #Nationals #Astros
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Sunday, 10-27-19:

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MLB Update:

  • Instead of Silent Cal, today’s White House attendee was Obtrusive Donald, who definitely created more of a ruckus than did the empty swings of the Nationals’ hitters. The only good news for Washington after their thorough thrashing in Game 5 is that they probably won’t have to face Gerrit Cole again; the Houston ace’s heavy fastball was dancing, his off speed stuff was dropping in for strikes, and he was getting help he didn’t need from the home plate ump. The end result is another decisive win for Houston, and a commanding 3-2 in the series. Martinez is now relegated to praying for Strasburg to pitch the game of his life, and to find a masseuse who can work out the serious kinks in Max’s neck. #Astros #Nationals
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Saturday, 10-26-19:

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  • Isn’t the National League team supposed to have the big advantage when they game is played in their park, with their rules? No so this year, as the situation wasn’t very pretty for the suddenly silent Nat bats against just-up-from-the-minors Urquidy. Washington needs to get its act together asap or this thing is over. Memo to Martinez: in Game 5 DO NOT USE RODNEY. Astros showed him absolutely no respect today … ala the Miller Light Bowling tournament and balls clanking harmlessly off the pin. He didn’t get it done in clutch time in Seattle, and the situation isn’t much different in DC. #Astros #Nationals
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Friday, 10-25-19:

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  • Playing with everything to lose, but away from the hometown microscope, the Astros thrive with solid pitching and just enough opportunistic hitting.
    Nats now take a deep breath and hope to refocus, knowing that in a number of not-so-distant situations (1985, 1986, 1996) road teams coming home with a 2-0 lead have wilted, not profited.
    Game 4 looms very large. For now, Houston’s Big No. 3 got the job done in Game 3. #Astros #Nationals
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Wednesday, 10-23-19:

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  • Suzuki gives a weak Verlander fastball a firm ride, hometown darling Breggy suffers an embarrassing case of fumbleitis and the Astros fall apart faster than you can say blueberry pancakes. Houston may not be dead yet, but they’re in critical condition, verging on life support. The Brantley acquisition has not given them much left-handed punch, and the bullpen is being exposed for what it is … fairly mediocre. As for the latter observation, perhaps Hinch sensed this, and made the fatal mistake of trotting Justin out there in the fateful 7th. Meanwhile, the Nats are doing everything right, and go home with an historic opportunity to bring baseball glory back to the Nation’s Capital for the first time in nearly 100 years. #Nationals #Astros
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Tuesday, 10-22-19:

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  • The killing machine that is the Washington Nationals rolls into H-town and puts down the heavily favored Astros. Soto was “so” money, and Max Scherzer showed maximum cojones by getting through 5 and giving up only 2 on a night when he definitely did not have his best stuff. Stros must be a bit miffed, with their little big man coming up so small with men in scoring position, and stopper Cole looking quite mortal. The fact is that the Nats have more lefty hitting than people give them credit for and this could be quite problematic for a Houston staff that is noticeably right wing. #Nationals #Astros
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Saturday, 10-19-19:

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MLB Update:

  • Game 6 does not disappoint, with plenty of spectacular plays at the plate and in the field. New York pushes Houston pretty hard, but in the bottom of the ninth, Chapman missed with a slider over the heart of the hitting zone, and that was all Altuve needed to work with. A few seconds later, his little friend went bouncing off the Schlumberger sign in left, and the Yankee closer was left standing on the mound with a forced, clenched grin on his mug. The David vs. Goliath confrontation is now officially sanctioned. #Astros #Yankees

    PS — Memo to Boone: maybe next time you show the little guy a little more respect and just put him on.

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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Friday, 10-18-19:

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  • Yankees sick Hicks on a stunned Verlander, who gives up four in the first, and the home team never looks back … preventing the bubbly Astros from celebrating a pennant in the Bronx. The series returns back to Minute Maid for what looks to be an exciting Game 6, with both bullpens ready to be emptied in raw and raucous hand to hand, no holds barred combat. #Astros #Yankees
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Tuesday, 10-15-19:

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MLB Update:

  • Hats off to the Nats, who are now within one more series victory of completing one of the most stunning turnarounds in MLB history. This is a testament to clubhouse chemistry, which this team has in spades. As for the Cards, they came up completely flat and listless/dead men walking for literally the entire four game set … which stands out as quite an exception in the rich, storied history of playoff competition for this franchise. #Cardinals #Nationals
  • Hey Yankees, it’s time for you and your unruly fans to get your act together. Throw those fans out if they dare to throw things onto the field. This is the House That Ruth Built, for god’s sake. #Yankees #Astros
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Sunday, 10-13-19:

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MLB Update:

  • Shortstop Carlos terrorizes NYY with his bat, not just his glove, and the Astros do what they had to do and grab one back before this battle resumes in the Bronx. Of course, the Yankees will happily take a split, but this game suggests the path to the WCS will be extremely difficult if New York’s starters do not go for more than Paxton’s 2 inning stint tonight. Boone had to use too many guys to get to Chappy, and one there, he had only 1 inning to lean on the closer. After that, there wasn’t much of a security blanket, and Houston did what Houston is inclined to do … capitalize. Starting pitching for both of these teams will continue to be very important as this things moves to a probable Game 7 conclusion. #Astros #Yankees
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Saturday, 10-12-19:

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  • Gleyber gleefully gets in his whacks, leaving Zack with some major high anxiety, while Masahiro emerges as the unexpected Game 1 hero. Time for the Houston choo choo to leave the station. #Yankees #Astros
  • Things are looking pretty grim for once sassy St. Louis. Scherzer shows them the door with dazzling 7-inning one-hitter. No, this isn’t over (remember 1986 when the Red Sox won the first two at Shea and then went into the fetal position), but some major miracles will need to surface for these Cardinals if they hope to prevail. #Nationals #Cardinals
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives, Friday, 10-11-19:

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  • In Game 1 of the NLCS, Anibal was balling and Doolittle was doing a lot. A 1-hitter later, the Nationals have recovered home field advantage, and in the minds of many, justice has been served (they had a better record during the regular season than the Cardinals and played in a tougher division). St. Louis has plenty of moxie and is by no means in serious trouble, but they had better find their bats soon (Washington’s big ticket starters are waiting in the wings). And what’s up with that pseudo-closer Carlos Martinez (talk about a loose cannon shooting off-target). #Nationals #Cardinals
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