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4-2While they won
11-02-2019, 01:23 PM
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4-2While they won
The opener of a three-game series between the Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates was as tight as could be Kevin Gausman Jersey , yet left the clubs in opposing spots going into the second game Tuesday at PNC Park.In the teams’ first meeting of the season, Atlanta got a feel-good 1-0 win behind five scoreless innings from Bryse Wilson in the right-hander’s major league debut. He was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett to make a spot start and help the rotation to be a little fresher with everyone being moved back a day.The Braves (69-55), who were able to put a four-game weekend sweep by Colorado in the rear-view mirror, moved a game up on Philadelphia in the National League East.Article continues below ...“Big,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said of winning a close game after the losing streak. “Because there were a couple others it seemed like we were an out away from winning, probably three out of the (previous) four. You go through it. It happens, and (the win Monday) was big.”The Pirates (63-63), meanwhile, fell back to .500, six games out of a wild-card spot. They had won two in a row but have three 1-0 losses in their past five games.Pittsburgh has scored just five runs in those five games, wasting some strong pitching performances as they have allowed one run in each of the five games.“I think we’d all like to score runs,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “From that standpoint, guys are up their battling.”A couple of things add both injury and insult to the Pirates’ lot lately.Monday starter Chris Archer left after four innings because of left leg pain stemming from the third inning, when he corkscrewed awkwardly while striking out at the plate.Pittsburgh already was without second baseman Josh Harrison, who has a sore hamstring he got running to first Sunday. Center fielder Starling Marte was benched Monday for lacking hustle twice on the base paths and drawing boos from the home fans Sunday, although Marte was used as a pinch-hitter in the ninth Monday. He grounded out.“I just encouraged him (about) effort. It’s always about effort,” Hurdle said of his huddle with Marte about his benching.Atlanta’s Kevin Gausman (7-9, 4.22 ERA), who originally was expected to start Monday, now will go Tuesday. He will face Pittsburgh right-hander Ivan Nova (7-7, 4.26 ERA).Gausman is 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA against Pittsburgh. In 10 2/3 innings against the Pirates last year with Baltimore, he gave up 10 runs.This season, he has won two starts in a row and three in his past four, giving up eight runs and six walks, with 17 strikeouts. That includes going 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA since he joined the Braves from Baltimore.Nova has won three of his past four decisions and five of his past seven, but was victimized by a seemingly contagious lack of run support his last time out during a four-game series against the Cubs when Pittsburgh scored just five runs.On Thursday, the only run Nova gave up came on a solo home run in 6 2/3 innings, along with seven hits, three strikeouts and — for the 11th time this season — no walks, but Pittsburgh lost 1-0.“I thought he pitched a really good game,” Hurdle said of Nova. “He used his complete arsenal.”Nova’s lifetime numbers against the Braves are strong: 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three starts. After the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers won tiebreaker games to win National League Central and West Divisions, respectively, the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs got the postseason started in record-setting fashion.The two teams battled for 13 innings鈥攖he longest win-or-go-home game in Major League Baseball postseason history鈥攂efore the Rockies advanced to the Divisional Series with a 2-1 victory.Backup catcher Tony Wolters drove home the winning run when he singled with two out in the top of the 13th off of Kyle Hendricks. The Cubs were unable to rally in the bottom of the inning and they were eliminated on their home field.The Rockies will meet the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Divisional Series and they will be joined by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves. The Brewers and Dodgers will have homefield advantage in those best-of-5 series.Postseason ScheduleWild-Card GamesWednesday, October 3, A's at Yankees , 8 p.m. ET, TBSDivision SeriesNLDSThurs., Oct. 4, Game 1, Rockies at Brewers, 5:07 p.m., ET FS1Thurs., Oct. 4, Game 1, Braves at Dodgers, 8:37 p.m. ET, MLBNFri., Oct. 5, Game 2, Rockies at Brewers, 4:15 p.m. ET, FS1Fri., Oct. 5, Game 2, Braves at Dodgers, 9:37 p.m. ET, FS1Sun., Oct. 7, Game 3, Brewers at Rockies, 4:37 p.m. ET, MLBNSun., Oct. 7, Game 3, Dodgers at Braves, 8:07 p.m. ET, FS1Mon., Oct. 8, Game 4*, Brewers at Rockies Zach Britton Jersey , FS1Mon., Oct. 8, Game 4*, Dodgers at Braves, FS1Wed., Oct. 10, Game 5*, Rockies at Brewers FS1Wed., Oct. 10, Game 5*, Braves at Dodgers, FS1*If necessaryALDSFriday, October 5, Yankees/A's at Red Sox, Game 1, TBSFriday, October 5, Indians at Astros, Game 1, TBSSaturday, October 6 Yankees/A's at Red Sox, Game 2, TBSSaturday, October 6, Indians at Astros, Game 2, TBSMonday, October 8, Red Sox at Yankees/A's, Game 3, TBSMonday, October 8, Astros at Indians, Game 3, TBSTuesday , October 9, Red Sox at Yankees/A's, Game 4*, TBSTuesday, October 9, Astros at Indians, Game 4*, TBSThursday, October 11, Yankees/A's at Red Sox, Game 5*, TBSThursday, October 11, Indians at Astros, Game 5*, TBS*If necessaryLeague Championship SeriesNLCSFriday, October 12, Game 1, FOX or FS1Saturday, October 13, Game 2, FOX or FS1Monday, October 15, Game 3, FOX or FS1Tuesday, October 16, Game 4, FOX or FS1Wednesday, October 17, Game 5*, FOX or FS1Friday, October 19, Game 6*, FOX or FS1Saturday, October 20 Frank Robinson Jersey , Game 7*, FOX or FS1*If necessaryALCSSaturday, October 13, Game 1, TBSSunday, October 14, Game 2, TBSTuesday, October 16, Game 3, TBSWednesday, October 17, Game 4, TBSThursday, October 18, Game 5*, TBSSaturday, October 20, Game 6*, TBSSunday, October 21, Game 7*, TBS*If necessaryWORLD SERIESTuesday, October 23, Game 1, FOXWednesday, October 24, Game 2, FOXFriday, October 26, Game 3 , FOXSaturday, October 27, Game 4, FOXSunday , October 28, Game 5*, FOXTuesday, October 30 Game 6*, FOXWednesday, October 31 Game 7*, FOXAll games can be live streamed on MLB.TV.Baseball Reference baseball_refMike Trout, career high in WAR: 10.5 (2012, 2016)Mookie Betts, career high in WAR: 10.6 (2018) HSJ0j7xTyWThe American League postseason gets underway Wednesday night as the New York Yankees host the Oakland A's in the wild-card game.The slugging Yankees, who won 100 games this season but still finished eight games behind the Boston Red Sox, and the powerful A's will play for the right to meet the Red Sox in the American League Division Series.The Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros, who represented the American League in the last two World Series, will meet in the other ALDS.After the four division series are completed, the two American League winners will meet in the ALCS, while the two National League survivors will play for the NL pennant.Both league championship series are best-of-7 formats, as is the World Series.The Boston Red Sox will have homefield advantage throughout the postseason, while the Milwaukee Brewers will have that advantage in the National League playoffs.PredictionsAL Wild-CardNew York Yankees over Oakland A'sALDSBoston Red Sox over New York Yankees, 3-1Cleveland Indians over Houston Astros, 3-2ALCSBoston Red Sox over Cleveland Indians, 4-2NLDSMilwaukee Brewers over Colorado Rockies, 3-2Atlanta Braves over Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-1NLCSMilwaukee Brewers over Atlanta Braves, 4-2World SeriesBoston Red Sox over Milwaukee Brewers, 4-2While they won 108 games during the regular season, the Red Sox fattened up on some of the worst teams in the American League. Many observers don't see the Red Sox winning their fourth World Series since 2004.There are key issues, including ace starter Chris Sale's balky left shoulder and the Red Sox vulnerability in the bullpen.However, the starting lineup has the ability to produce consistently and they have a couple of big-time producers in Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez.The belief here is that Sale will have enough to get through six innings in each of his postseason starts and manager Alex Cora will manipulate the bullpen so that it will survive until closer Craig Kimbrel can take over.The Red Sox will celebrate at Fenway Park, breaking hearts throughout Wisconsin as the Brewers fall just a bit short.
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