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AL West

Texas (2-0) at Houston (3-1)

TEX  0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 - 2
HOU 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0

W-Hamels (1-0)
L-McCullers (0-1)
S-Tolleson (2)

SB-DeShields (1), Rosales (1), Lowrie (1)
E-Beltre (1)
GW-Chirinos (2)

Mid season acquisition Cole Hamels pays huge dividends, blanking a potent Astro offense for seven and a third innings, as Texas takes the AL West. Catcher Robinson Chirinos continued his surprising offensive contribution, delivering two more base hits and the game winning sac fly for the Rangers. Astro starter Lance McCullers pitched well in defeat, giving up two runs in 6 1/3, with eight strikeouts.

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Cole Hamels, Texas P

 



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Hamels really did bring it to Houston. I've seen him pitch in person when he was with the Phillies. When he is on it is fun to watch.

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Nitrous Oxide wrote:

Hamels really did bring it to Houston. I've seen him pitch in person when he was with the Phillies. When he is on it is fun to watch.


 Like many elite pitchers, he is prone to the long ball, and has pitched in two stadiums, where long balls are not unusual. (Gotta love the double negative. wink) I think his WHIP benefits from the smaller ballparks. It would be interesting to see how he would do in a large ballpark (e.g., Citi Field, San Diego).



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NL West

Chicago (1-1) at Los Angeles (2-1)

CHI 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 - 3
LA   1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1

W-Haren (1-0)
L-Nicasio (0-1)
S-Rondon (1)

E-Avilan (1)

Former Dodger Dan Haren tossed six effective innings, allowing only one first inning run, and the Cubs took advantage of a Dodger misplay to eliminate LA and advance to the West finals against St. Louis. Injury prone Brett Anderson was yanked after injuring himself fielding a tapper in front of the mound. With game tuned over to the bullpen, it was not the arms of Dodger relievers who betrayed them, but their gloves. Luis Avilan failed to field a grounder in the fourth and Kris Bryant raced in with the game winner. Avilan then wild pitched Anthony Rizzo home with an insurance run, and the Dodgers, unable to mount any offense, were done.

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Dan Haren, Chicago P



-- Edited by pfunkone on Sunday 21st of May 2017 07:06:04 AM



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NL West

St. Louis (1-0) at Chicago (2-1)

STL 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 - 7
CHI 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 - 5

W-Lynn (1-0)
L-Grimm (0-1)
S-Rosenthal (1)

HR-Coghlan (1), Rizzo (1), Moss (1), Grichuk (1)
E-Peralta (1)
GW-Grichuk (1)

Randal Grichuk's two run homer highlighted a five run seventh inning explosion and proved to be the deciding runs in a high-scoring game that eliminated the young Cubs. Chicago had a 4-2 edge heading to the fateful seventh, but reliever Justin Grimm could not retire a single batter, and the three runs he allowed were the difference makers for the Cards. In addition to Grimm's misadventures, two other St. Louis runs scored on wild pitches by the Chicago bullpen. St. Louis wins the west with the victory, securing the titel in the minimum number of games.

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Randal Grichuk, St. Louis OF


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The best-of-five league championships are now set. In the AL, Toronto opens at Texas, while in the NL, the Cardinals visit the Pirates. Each series follows the 2-3 format that MLB used to employ for the LCS, a much saner format than than the 2-2-1 nonsense that adds yet another off day to an already over extended playoff schedule. No days off in these playoffs.

Top seed wins three of the four divisions, with a number 2 filling out the final four. This is a bit more chalk than the typical tournament produces, but it is an inherent advantage to the format--the better teams ultimately get in, despite it's rapid fire nature.



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pfunkone wrote:

The best-of-five league championships are now set. In the AL, Toronto opens at Texas, while in the NL, the Cardinals visit the Pirates. Each series follows the 2-3 format that MLB used to employ for the LCS, a much saner format than than the 2-2-1 nonsense that adds yet another off day to an already over extended playoff schedule. No days off in these playoffs.

Top seed wins three of the four divisions, with a number 2 filling out the final four. This is a bit more chalk than the typical tournament produces, but it is an inherent advantage to the format--the better teams ultimately get in, despite it's rapid fire nature.


 I would think chalk would just about always win out........



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While I have never had a real serious underdog win this tournament, I have had a few teams make some surprising runs. The Rockies had an awful team in 2012 that got white hot (Willin Rosario of all people set the all-time single tournament home run record IIRC) and won the NL West. They lost in the LCS--thankfully--but definitely shook things up. Just about every year there is a bottom feeder that makes an interesting run. This year has been notable because no one really did that.

I am still waiting for the actual champion to repeat on my tabletop, but it has yet to happen, and I have been doing this little seasonal tournament every year since 2005. Here are the winners, runner-ups, and MVPs;

YEAR CHAMPIONS    RUNNER-UP        MVP

2005 Boston           St. Louis             Ramirez, BOS

2006 San Diego      New York (A)      Hensley, SD

2007 New York (N)  Los Angeles (A) Beltran, NY (N)

2008 Milwaukee      Tampa Bay         Fielder, MIL

2009 Boston           Philadelphia       Youkilis, BOS

2010 New York (A)  Philadelphia       Cano, NY (A)

2011 Texas             Cincinnati           Cruz, TEX

2012 New York (A)  Washington       Granderson, NY (A)

2013 Pittsburgh      Texas                 McCutcheon, PIT

2014 St. Louis         Cleveland          Brantley, CLE

Michael Brantley is the only player from a team to win the MVP that did not win the whole thing. The '06 Padre title is still probably the most unlikely, as was the MVP. Clay Hensley pitched his butt off that tournament.



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Even though you never had a real outsider team win the whole thing, you DO have an unusual list of champions.........

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"NACSTER'S HISTORICAL REPLAY"

34 REPLAYS IN THE BOOKS!

1876-1883

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1906

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1943, 1946

1956-1963

1976

1986

1991, 1996

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ALCS Game One

Toronto (2-0) at Texas (3-0)

TOR 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 - 6
TEX  0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 - 4

W-Buehrle (1-0)
L-Martinez (0-1)
S-Osuna (2)

HR-Donaldson (2), Fielder (1)
E-Buehrle (1), Napoli (1)
GW-Revere (1)

Two solid starting pitching performances gave way to some late game fireworks, as the Jays win game one. Mark Buehrle allowed just 2 runs in 7 innings, striking out a surprising 9, while Josh Donaldson slammed a first inning homer and added a ninth inning RBI single for Toronto. Texas mounted a comeback against lefty Aaron Loup in the ninth, but Roberto Osuna came in to bury the Rangers hopes and pick up the save.

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Mark Buehrle, Toronto P


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ALCS Game Two

Toronto (3-0) at Texas (3-1)

TOR 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 7
TEX  0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 1

W-Estrada (1-0)
L-Rodriguez (0-1)

HR-Rosales (1), Bautista (1)
SB-Andrus (2)
GW-Encarnacion (2)

The Jays jumped on the Rangers early and often and took a commanding 2-0 lead in the ALCS. Edwin Encarnacion doubled in the first run of the game, and scored twice more, while the heretofore slumping Kevin Pillar put the game out of reach with a bases clearing double. Most of the damage came at the expense of Texas' late season acquisition Wandy Rodriguez, who failed to get an out in the third inning and was sent to the showers trailing 6-0. Marco Estrada's outstanding start (7.1 IP 1 ER) was more than enough for Toronto, who can sweep the series with a game three victory.

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Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto 1B


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NLCS Game One

St. Louis (2-0) at Pittsburgh (2-1)

STL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
PIT 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 X - 2

W-Locke (1-0)
L-Wacha (0-1)
S-Melancon (2)

E-Alvarez (1)
GW-Walker (1)

The NLCS opened with a terrific pitcher's duel between the Pirates' Jeff Locke and the Cardinals' Michael Wacha. Bullpen ace Mark Melancon pitched a perfect ninth to combine with Locke on the shutout, while Wacha pitched a complete game in a losing effort. Locke also scored the game winner on Neil Walker's RBI double in the third.

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Jeff Locke, Pittsburgh P


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NLCS Game Two

St. Louis (2-1) at Pittsburgh (3-1)

STL 0 5 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 - 8
PIT  0 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 7

W-Maness (1-0)
L-Caminero (0-1)
S-Rosenthal (3)

HR-Moss (2)
SB-Carpenter (1)
E-Ramirez (2)
GW-Moss (1)

Brandon Moss' solo bomb in the seventh inning game the Cardinals their winning margin in a game that was a 180 degree reversal of the series opener. Neither Carlos Martinez nor AJ Burnett lasted more than two innings, as each teams' offense emerged early and with a purpose. St. Louis' bullpen rose to the occasion however, allowing just one earned run in eight innings of collective work. In addition to Moss' heroics, Matt Holiday drove in three key runs, and Jon Jay both scored and drove in a pair. The Redbird win knots the series at one game a piece as it it moves to the Archway city for it's conclusion.

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Brandon Moss, St. Louis 1B/OF


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ALCS Game Three

Texas (3-2) at Toronto (4-0)

TEX  0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1
TOR 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 X - 4

W-Hutchinson (1-0)
L-Lewis (1-1)
S-Osuna (3)

HR-Pillar (1), Napoli (1), Navarro (1)
SB-Andrus (3), DeShields (2)
E-Andrus (1), Navarro (1)
GW-Pillar (1)

Kevin Pillar continued his recent hot streak with a three run homer that proved to be the difference in the third and final game of the series. Pillar's blow held up because Drew Hutchinson turned in a rare solid start (5 1/3 IP 1 ER) and the Jays' 'pen was even better. Toronto advances to the World Series as an undefeated team, and awaits the eventual winner of the NLCS.

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Kevin Pillar, Toronto OF


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NLCS Game Three

Pittsburgh (3-2) at St. Louis (3-1)

PIT  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
STL 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 X - 2

W- Garcia (1-0)
L-Cole (1-1)
S-Rosenthal (4)

HR-Wong (1)
E-Wong (1)
GW-Wong (1)

Three Cardinal pitchers combine on the shutout and Kolten Wong drives in both runs to push the Pirates to the edge of oblivion. Gerrit Cole takes a tough loss, going seven innings and allowing just the two runs, but it was more than his teammates could scrap together against Jaime Garcia and St. Louis' hard throwing, one-two bullpen combo of Kevin Siegrist and Trevor Rosenthal.

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Jaime Garcia, St. Louis P


-- Edited by pfunkone on Sunday 4th of June 2017 07:20:46 AM

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