Wednesday, October 9, 2019

ALDS Update: I Give Up Edition

With a winnable Game 4 on the line, and Justin Verlander on the mound... Rays 4, Astros 1.

I mean...this should have been simple. It's Verlander, the guy who's gonna win the Cy Young, albeit on shorter rest than usual, but still...against the Rays' opener and some spare relievers like Nick Anderson and Ryan Yarbrough. On paper, this shouldn't have worked for the Rays. And yet it did, thanks to Tommy Pham, Willy Adames and Travis D'Arnaud making quick work of Verlander's slider. It also helps that...Nick Anderson is frigging amazing. Like, he's probably one of the best relievers of 2019.

The only Astros run came from Robinson Chirinos, off Colin Poche. Going into Game 5 on Thursday, you've gotta be expecting more from this mighty, intimidating team than just a solo homer from the catcher. Look, for Game 5, Gerrit Cole will be on the mound, IN Houston, against probably someone like Tyler Glasnow. In theory, this could be easy. I just hope that the Astros actually show up to this one.

Today, though, we are gonna get some outcomes. Will the Nats upset the Dodgers and finally make it to the NLCS, or...will the hysterical option happen? Will the Cardinals anger me and take down the Braves in Atlanta, or will...yes, the hysterical option happen here as well? Hopefully we will find out.

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