Yesterday’s 4-0 win for the Brewers at Dodgers Stadium was relatively straightforward (despite the omnishambles of Jeremy Jeffress in the 9th). The Brew Crew stand just 2 wins away from the World Series. I’m hoping they get there. My Dodger supporting sister in law is not.
Talking of omnishambles, Yasmani Grandal had another game to forget. He has already been benched for Game 4.
Apparently his teammates are shocked as to why fans are booing a catcher that cannot hit or catch. Its like the second coming of JPA...
Grandal’s performance was far from great but you know what is? Every club’s best individual playoff performance.
Ours? Paul Molitor, 1993 - .447/.527/.851, World Series MVP
There are some great names in the list: Hershisher, Schilling, Bench, Stargell...and Kaz Matsui.
In the Arizona Fall League, the Surprise Saguaros to a 2-0 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Scorpions did become the first team to limit Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to less than three hits in a Fall League game. He only went 1-for-4 with a walk and still leads the AFL in hitting (.556) and OPS (1.378).
Vlad is now top of the AFL, prospects hot sheets according to Baseball America:
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr, 3B, Blue Jays
Why He’s Here: .643/.667/.929 (9-for-14), 3 R, 4 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 6 RBIs, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0-for- SB
He hit in Double-A, he hit in Triple-A, and now he’s hitting in the AFL, continuing the trend of overmatching pitchers at every step. He looks every bit of the player who could follow in the footsteps of Gleyber Torres (2016) and Ronald Acuna (2017) who could springboard from a standout Fall League campaign into a starring role in the big leagues the next season.
For the first time ever, David Price finally started a postseason game that his team won. Luck? Magic? Or maybe this?
Elsewhere, former Jay Mark DeRosa has decided he doesn’t want to be interviewed for the Rangers managerial opening. Smart analysis there Mark.
And to end with good news, the Dodgers Joc Pederson may be playing playoff baseball but this is one great delivery he will take. Congrats on the safe arrival of your first child and welcome to the Dad club. Its great!