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Oct. 23, 2019: MLB Daily Postseason Primer

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Nationals take 1-0 lead in World Series

Game 1 is in the books and the Nationals win it on the road. Here’s the obligatory note on what happens when you Game 1 in the World Series..

18 of the last 22 teams to win Game 1 of the #WorldSeries have gone on to win it all. pic.twitter.com/ZvpjnxQXsG

— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 23, 2019

Also this note.

The Nationals take Game 1, 5-4.

They are the first team in National League history to...

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Oct. 22, 2019: MLB Daily Postseason Primer

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

World Series begins today, Cole vs. Scherzer

The World Series begins today and it is the second time that two expansion teams are playing in it. Both teams changed names and in one case, changed locations.

The Astros began as the Houston Colt 45s but they changed their name to reflect their move to the Astrodome in 1965. The Houston Astros would be part of the National League until the end of the 2012 season. They joined the American League West in...

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TBLA Monday morning links: Oct. 21, 2019

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Catchup of MLB news before World Series starts tomorrow

What is up with all of the manager searches?

Nationals and Astros coaches are in consideration for open manager jobs.

#Nationals IF/1B coach Tim Bogar is another candidate who will get a second interview for the #Mets’ managerial position, sources tell The Athletic. Bogar joins Carlos Beltrán, Eduardo Pérez and Joe Girardi among the Mets’ finalists.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 21,...

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Oct. 20, 2019: MLB Daily Postseason Primer

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

José Altuve walks off Astros to the World Series

For about ten minutes it looked like maybe the plan to have a bullpen game would backfire on the Houston Astros. The plan had worked until DJ LeMahieu hit a Roberto Osuna pitch for two-run homer to tie the game in the top of the ninth.

But then with two outs and a man on, José Altuve saved his team from going to extra-innings with a pennant winning walkoff two-run homer to send the Astros to the World...

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Oct. 19, 2019: MLB Daily Postseason Primer

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Aaron Hicks three-run homer leads to Game 6

The Astros knew they had three chances to win one game and they knew they had a a good chance on Friday with Justin Verlander on the mound.

.@JustinVerlander is the 1st pitcher to make 8 #postseason starts vs. the Yankees.

He's 4-0 with a 2.38 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP and a 48-13 K-BB in his previous playoff starts against them. pic.twitter.com/Q1F6YKMuTy

— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 18, 2019 Astros at Yankees -...

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Revisiting preseason over/under Dodgers’ predictions

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Hey, this was better than the ‘bold predictions’ piece

Now that you’ve gotten over the overwhelming disappointment of the Dodgers’ season ... what’s that? You haven’t? Same. Nevertheless, let’s look back at an articled I penned prior to the season — over/unders.

Liz gave me a list of Dodger over/unders to choose from, and I went with five, two of which were in the same heading. If you thought my bold predictions were bad, well, this isn’t...

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Oct. 18, 2019: MLB Daily Postseason Primer

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Astros move closer to another World Series appearance

The Astros are one win away from returning to the World Series for the second time in three seasons. And with a fully rested Justin Verlander ready to go for Game 5 and if necessary, a fully rested Gerrit Cole for Game 7, it all looks good for the Astros.

But they still need to win one more game and they would probably like to do that so they can have both Cole and Verlander ready to go for the World...

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3B Justin Turner open to position change if Dodgers land Anthony Rendon

After a 2019 playoff ouster that left the Los Angeles fan base in collective despair, Dodgers executive Andrew Friedman is likely to face several challenging decisions this winter. However, in the event that the Dodgers decide to pursue superstar third baseman Anthony Rendon, it appears they won’t face any opposition from incumbent third bagger Justin Turner. According to a report from Andy McCullough of The Athletic, Turner would be open to a position change if L.A. ultimately decides to...

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Oct. 17, 2019: MLB Daily Postseason Primer

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

ALCS Game 4 is scheduled for today!

MLB postponed ALCS Game 4 and it is now scheduled for later today. The day off will affect how the teams adjust their rotation and will probably put off an Astros bullpen game to at least Game 6, if necessary.

Meanwhile, there have been plenty of stories of how long it has been since Washington DC hosted a World Series game. Here’s another story and if you are wondering, the Yankees had won four World Series at that...

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Eric Stephen

Podcast: The season is over

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Just like that, the Dodgers were eliminated far earlier than they thought.

After almost a week to process, we dissect the Dodgers’ stunning Game 5 collapse and the early demise of their season. In the between the end of the NLDS and our podcast recording, the Nationals managed to make quick work in the NLCS for their first-ever trip to the World Series. What a difference six days makes.

We’ll have a Dodgers offseason preview of sorts in a few weeks but...

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Oct. 16, 2019: MLB Daily Postseason Primer

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Nationals complete NLCS sweep, Astros take 2-1 ALCS lead

The Nationals became the seventh team since 1995 to sweep their best-of-seven League Championship Series on Tuesday evening. And they did it in convincing fashion, never trailing in the series.

They will have a week to savor and prepare for the World Series that starts next Tuesday in either Houston or New York.

The Astros took the lead in the American League Championship Series with another strong...

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Oct. 15, 2019: MLB Daily Postseason Primer

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Nationals take commanding 3-0 NLCS lead

When you have outscored your opponent 13 runs to two runs in the first three games of a seven-game series, you are usually in a great position going forward.

The Cardinals have scored just 2 runs through the 1st 3 games of this NLCS.

That’s tied for the fewest runs by *any team* in the 1st 3 games of a best-of-7 series:
- 1966 Dodgers vs BAL in World Series
- 1948 Braves vs CLE in World Series

Both of those teams lost...

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Dodgers president: Team 'will see how things play out' for closer role

Not long ago, it would been almost impossible to imagine anyone but Kenley Jansen serving as the Dodgers’ closer. But after an uncharacteristically pedestrian 2019 season for the long-dominant right-hander, Jansen may not be a lock for the role next year. President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Monday that Jansen’s still the team’s closer as of now, but LA “will see how things play out” in regards to the job (Twitter link via Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles...

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Scott Boras sets sights high for Hyun-jin Ryu contract

This time last year, agent Scott Boras was waiting to see whether the Dodgers would issue southpaw Hyun-jin Ryu a qualifying offer at season’s end. The team did extend the offer, and Ryu accepted, betting that he’d be better off taking the big one-year payday and trying to turn in a big campaign in advance of a trip onto the open market. That bet has paid off more handsomely than anyone expected, with Ryu turning in his best season as a big leaguer. Boras is understandably excited to...

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Rick Honeycutt retires from role as Dodgers pitching coach

Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt will not return to the team in his same role in 2020, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told reporters on Monday, including MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick (via Twitter). Honeycutt is expected to remain in the organization in a special assistant capacity. The departure of Honeycutt from the staff of skipper Dave Roberts will not necessarily kick off a hiring search for a replacement. Bullpen coach Mark Prior appears to be in line for a promotion,...

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Andrew Friedman expects to finalize new contract with Dodgers soon

Dodgers president of baseball operation Andrew Friedman is unsigned for the 2020 season, but he said in today’s year-end press conference that he expects to wrap up a new contract with the team within the next few days (via Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times). Friedman also confirmed that Dave Roberts will return as the team’s manager in 2020, as Castillo originally reported late last week. Friedman, 42, jumped from his role as the Rays’ executive vice president and general...

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Oct. 14, 2019: MLB Daily Postseason Primer

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Correa walk-off home run ties ALCS

The Astros got a good start from Justin Verlander but they needed their bullpen to hold off the Yankees in order to prevail 3-2 in 11 innings. The ALCS is now tied 1-1 which means there will be three games this week at Yankee Stadium.

That also means baseball will be played everyday through Thursday pending the weather. Rain is predicted in both New York and Washington DC on Wednesday..

Today, the Nationals will play...

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Oct. 13, 2019: MLB Daily Postseason Primer

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Nationals and Yankees enjoy wins on Saturday

Only three games in but so far the winning teams are outscoring their opponents 12-1 with two shutouts being pitched in those games.

The Nationals are winning behind strong starting pitching and an occasional key hit while the Yankees took a page from the Astros game with solid starting pitching and power offense.

And here is something for the Nationals to know and the Yankees to aim for today.

In all series...

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Roberts lost game 5, the offense lost the series

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

It still doesn’t seem real.

It’s three days later, and it still feels as if I need to be waking up from this nightmare. It’s real. It’s all too real.

After winning a franchise-best 106 games in the regular season, the Los Angeles Dodgers were eliminated by the Washington Nationals in the divisional series. It happened. No team in major-league history has ever won 106 games, and failed to get out of the divisional round. That is, until the 2019...

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David Freese announces his retirement

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36-year old infielder played 11 seasons

This morning, infielder David Freese released his retirement statement via Twitter:

pic.twitter.com/czVJztm9iY

— David Freese (@david23freese) October 12, 2019

Freese was to be a free-agent, he had signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers in November 2018. He made $4.5M in 2019 plus he had received $500K for the buyout of his prior contract.

Originally drafted by the...

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