Let's see … Rich Hill, Dodgers SP, tries to be perfect with EVERY pitch and throws 98 pitches in 6.1 innings. Only 58 were strikes. Think about that. A MLB pitcher throws 98 pitches in just 6.1 innings and only 58 were strikes. BORING. SIX more Dodger pitchers follow in only 3 more innings. They lose 9 - 6
World Series. Game 1 and it has started: Match Up Bafoonery by managers who simply 'MUST' be part of the action. Today's villain (as well as last years World Series) is Dave Roberts who is deservedly catching heat for his choice to change pitchers in the bottom of the seventh inning. Dodger pitcher Pedro Baez had blown away each of the two hitters he pitched to, surrounding an intentional walk that put runners at first and second. Rather than have Baez throw to Rafael Devers, Roberts removed Baez and brought in lefty Alex Wood. (You know how the modern game works: match ups rule!) Boston manager Alex Cora countered by pinch hitting with Eduardo Nunez and the rest is history. Wood threw and Nunez hit the pitch over the Green Monster and the Red Sox go on to win game 1. I disagreed with the move by Roberts since Baez has been dominant and Wood has been shaky in the playoffs. He’d already surrendered a pair of home runs, one in a short stint vs. the Braves and another against the Brewers. To me, removing Baez here simply wasn’t an option.
The Houston Astros advanced to the AL Championship Series for the second straight year. They completed a division-round sweep of Cleveland on Monday with an 11-3 win in Game 3. They were helped by two late in the game throwing errors from Indians reliever Trevor Bauer and a 'swing-for-the-fences' line-up devoid of contact hitters.
More importantly (and sadly), this game marked the last time Chief Wahoo will be worn on the Indians uniform. MLB, more conscious of its image than it's boring game, had pushed Cleveland for several years to remove the Chief. Weak-kneed ownership has complied.
The Gringo has his Famous Pick Of The Week ruined as Eastern Michigan scores a TD with 20 seconds to play. Western Michigan wins the game but he loses by the 'hook'.
Kent St. takes the opening kick-off 75 yards for a TD. Ohio goes 3 and out and the Golden Flashes on the very next possession throw a 65 yard bomb for another TD. All of a sudden Ohio is down 14 points and laying 12 ! They recover to win the game but not the bet.
The Shocker of Shockers Day was complete with Miami OH burying Akron 41-17 and Akron was laying 4.5 points at HOME! Akron rallied from a 14-0 deficit to take a 17-14 lead early in the third quarter before giving up the game’s final 27 points. The Zips were beaten 422-259 in total offense, gave up 20 first downs to their 16 and were edged 31:44 to 28:16 in time of possession. Akron committed five turnovers. Another difference: senior Gus Ragland (Miami OH) was 24 of 33 for 200+ yards passing. QB Kato Nelson (Akron) also threw for 200 yards but had three interceptions. The visitors had 200+ yards rushing and Akron had a putrid 58.
.......... muses about ballgames and life in Las Vegas - particularly the long hours spent in the casino sports book surrounded by sexy cocktail waitresses, degenerate horse players, the Whale Man's entourage ....and the sheer terror of having Under 7 with 5 runs already on the board by the fourth inning".