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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives (World Series, Game 5): Sunday, 10-28-18 (click post for audio)

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MLB Update (World Series, Game 5):

  • Red Sox put the Doyyers to bed with an efficient whipping in Game 5. David Price creates his own legacy with another courageous performance, and journeyman Steve Pearce now has a permanent place in New England championship lore with his heroics at the place. And in a perfect ending, Chris Sale robs dirty Manny Machado of his machismo and manhood with a nastier than nasty slider. Boston now has two dynasties on its hands, as the Patriots have to move over and share the spotlight. We couldn’t be happier at ChabDog Sports Blog. CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER … FOREVER!!!
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives (World Series, Game 4): Saturday, 10-27-18 (click post for audio)

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MLB Update (World Series, Game 4):

  • In a game where Boston’s big names were essentially silent, overlooked and perhaps underappreciated Holt, Moreland and Pearce stick their bats out and fiercely pierce the Dodgers’ bubble. And it’s no surprise fidgety Dave Roberts couldn’t leave well-enough alone and stopped Rich Hill’s one-hitter dead in its tracks. As for Jansen, how much more abuse can a closer take? #RedSox #Dodgers
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives (World Series, Game 3): Friday, 10-26-18 (click post for audio)

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MLB Update:

  • A pyrrhic loss to say the least for the Red Sox, who have shot their pitching wad and have very limited options on the mound for Game 4 … this now has all the trappings of a 7 game series.
  • Did the Dodgers seem to have more players, or was it just my imagination? Whatever the case, LAD made this victory as painful as possible for a Red Sox team that should be referred to as the Cleated Depleted. It doesn’t get any easier as Cora pulled a Counsell and has very little in his bullpen for Game 4 that you could call fresh fish. Maybe that’s just fine with Drew Pomerantz, who’ll have his best shot ever for a complete game. It will be a long light with probably little sleep for the defeated in this longest of World Series games.
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives (World Series, Game 1): Tuesday, 10-23-18 (click post for audio)

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MLB Update (World Series, Game 1):

  • Eduardo gives Alex an education on what a fired up rightie can do at Fenway, by golfing a throw away slider over the Green Monster. Did Dave Roberts forget about how deadly this park can be when your lefty is left out on the mound with men on base and limited options? Why say bye bye to Baez in that situation? The Dodgers need to wake up fast, or they’ll find themselves in a 2-0 heading back to the Ravine. #RedSox #Dodgers

 

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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives (NLCS): Saturday, 10-20-18 (click post for audio)

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MLB Update (NLCS):

  • Congratulations to the never-say-die Doyyers, who did things the hard way (albeit involuntarily) by squeezing out of a 7th game jam in Milwaukee.  Who knows… maybe it was inevitable that they’d find themselves back in the WCS; to their credit, they never lost the faith, but they will need to be more focused going forward if they intend to go farther this year.
  • LA had the bigger biceps tonight, and now has its shot at redemption. This game did not go as many people predicted, with Milwaukee coming in with plenty of bullpen muscle and all the intangibles. But in the end, the Dodgers fell back on their decided advantage — home run power — and the game took care of itself. They move on to face a Boston team that has plenty of leadership, chemistry and talent, as well as a recent history of coming up big when it matters. This definitely was the match up that MLB was salivating for; indeed, it will be dramatic watching those Red Sox batters facing Kershaw with the Green Monster beckoning. #Dodgers #Brewers
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives (NLCS): Friday, 10-19-18 (click post for audio)

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MLB Update (NLCS):

  • Milwaukee’s super hometown heroes have no problem overcoming intruders from LA, whose strongest threat for doing damage comes from an aged Mr. Freese. The Dodgers must certainly be kicking themselves in the locker room, as the pressure will be turned way up tomorrow on them; just imagine the embarrassment of pitchers to be used by the Counsellor. And who knows? You just might see 4 or 5 innings of Hader. Tonight was a massively wasted opportunity to put the Series away, and Roberts may rue the day he let this one get away early. #Dodgers #Brewers
  • Major League fans in Milwaukee are burning for a plucky little reliever named Corbin.
  • In Game 7, the Brewers are throwing nobody’s fool Jhoulys, while the Dodgers are going with a pitcher named Walker. Advantage Milwaukee..
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives (ALCS): Thursday, 10-18-18 (click post for audio)

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MLB Update (ALCS):

  • Even with ace Chris Sale missing his scheduled start, the Red Sox sail through Game 5 and finish off the dazed and confused Astros with a 3-game sweep at Minute Maid. David Price silences his critics, at least for the moment, with a masterful 5 inning stint of shut out ball, mixing speeds and hit his spots with remarkable precision. As for the offense, a devastating blow from Devers is the knockout blow against Verlander, who was also softened by an early bomb dropped by J.D. Martinez. Boston can now sit back and watch the NLCS finish up, knowing they’ve now gone through the best, en route to hopefully becoming the best.
    #RedSox #Astros
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives (LCS): Monday, 10-15-18 (click post for audio)

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MLB Update:

  • Kike’s fully justified in sticking up for his teammate, but Dodger fans are plenty justified in venting their frustrations — playing Grandal appears to have been a grand mistake. Game 3 vanishes away with Chacin having Turner and Co. chasing air. It certainly wasn’t all Yasmani’s fault, with plenty of blame to go around. The fact is, the Dodgers have the talent to win this, but do they have the mental toughness and intestinal fortitude. We know the Brewers, with their patchwork of “initial out getters”, their skinny manager with the big brain, and their funny looking mascot who specializes in sliders, certainly have “it”. So stop feeling sorry for yourself, buck up, and see how far a little bit of extra moxie will carry you. #Dodgers #Brewers
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives (LCS): Sunday, 10-14-18 (click post for audio)

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  • Red Sox prove they’re just too good to be swept under the rug by the uber self-assured Astros; Cole wasn’t bad, and in fact had his moments, but it’s just too hard to follow Verlander. Nice job battling by David Price, who doesn’t get the win, but kept his team in the game long enough for Boston to work its Green Monster magic. #RedSox #Astros
  • Now the announcers for TBS need to start talking about how dedicated and professional the Red Sox are; enough already about the Astros!
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives (LCS): Saturday, 10-13-18 (click post for audio)

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MLB Update (LCS):

  • Momentum shifts toward the Dodgers as Turner turns on a Jeffress offering and puts it into the left field stands. If Justin stays true to his penchant for getting on base in the playoffs (3rd highest on base % in history) the Dodgers are a cinch to get their 2nd consecutive pennant. #Dodgers #Brewers
  • Bregman and Verlander help Houston write Boston’s obituary yet again.  The big bats of Betts, Benintendi and Martinez were missing in action, and the Red Sox pitchers were usually missing the plate (Workman, in particular should not have even shown up for work); the mass exodus of Fenway faithful to the Mass Pike — before the bottom of the ninth — tells it all.  Oh and to top it all off, Chris Sale no longer looks untouchable. #Astros #RedSox
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Friday, 10-12-18 (click post for audio)

 

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MLB Update:

  • Kershaw can’t shake another bad case of playoff jitters, not to mention that embarrassing and unsightly case of Woodruff, which along with some shoddy fielding and Milwaukee’s mind numbing, rotating door of pitchers left the Doyyers out of their comfort zone for much of the night. Sloppy game for LA, which needs to come back with more focus and determination in Game 2. #Dodgers #Brewers
  • Nice job, Counsellor!
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Tuesday, 10-9-18 (click post for audio)

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MLB Update:

  • In terms of what happened today, all you really need to know is that the Yankees went down hard in the Bronx. Cora made all the right moves, Boston got to CC early, and rode the tailwinds of Porcelo, Barnes and Sale into a very intense bottom of the ninth, when Kimbrel finally (and barely) finished the kill. It’s now back to Fenway, where the Red Sox hope somebody can slow down Hinch’s henchmen from Houston. #RedSox #Yankees

 

 

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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Monday, 10-8-18 (click post for audio)

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MLB Update:

  • If at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I was ever asked about what remained etched in my brain after witnessing tonight’s 16-1 violation of the Yankees by their neighbors from the upper Northeast, here’s the response:
    — the lovely, indelible image of Brock Holt cycling this way and that through the hippocampus
    — uproarious laughter coming from the Green Monster, who somehow sneaked into Yankee Stadium and hid out in Monument Park
    — a Judge swinging wildly at numerous balls thrown near the whites of his eyes
    — lots of scalding fastballs evolving off of Eovaldi’s right wing
    — Severino getting severely reprimanded, for what Pedro Martinez charitable referred to as mediocre middle-of-the-plate misfires, and Boone’s boondoggle of a move leaving him in after 3. #Yankees #RedSox
  • Bravos get manhandled by Machado in a decisive 7th, as Dodgers move on to face the Brewers in what should be a very competitive NLCS. #Dodgers #Braves
  • Astros have fun by the banks of Lake Erie, pouring some major gas on the Indians’ funeral pyre en route to another berth in the ALCS. #Astros #Indians
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, 10-7-18 (click post for audio)

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MLB Update (Division Series):

  • Milwaukee earns a much deserved 4-day vacation, getting time to relax after another great day at the plate from overachieving Kratz and with Wade showing them the way from the mound. Sitting on home field advantage and sporting what could be the game’s best bullpen, the young, talented Brewers will be tough for anyone to beat, in either league. #Brewers #Rockies
  • The help from Freeman and Acuna was there all year, and resurfaces in Atlanta as the Braves finally push back in the face of Dodger ball. #Braves #Dodgers
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