The narrative of Clayton Kershaw’s playoff failure was always something bigger and more intense than it had any logical right to be. It conveniently ignored key context of managerial decisions and bullpen strength, not to mention brushed aside the number of perfectly fine and even good postseason starts that he has …
There’s always a postmortem. Where did they go wrong? What should they have done differently? Analyzing a game—a baseball game, a World Series Game 7—is like dwelling on any other thing in the past: It’s in a fixed state. It happened, it’s not changing, and at some point you swallow it and move on.
In the home run-hittingest postseason in baseball history, 24 of the Astros’ 27 dingers were hit by their own homegrown players. This championship doesn’t happen without all the miserable seasons required for a run of high draft picks, but even that doesn’t tell the story—the baseball draft is notoriously…
In a rather anticlimactic ending that wasn’t exactly befitting a pretty thrilling series, the Houston Astros claimed their first World Series title in franchise history with a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in tonight’s Game 7.
Starting pitcher Yu Darvish lasted five outs and allowed five runs. Manager Dave Roberts turned to—who else—Brandon Morrow to replace him. The Dodgers entered the bottom of the second losing 5-0 to the Astros.
Now that this violently unpredictable World Series is going seven games—as it deserves—I can predict with absolute certainty only two pitchers who will not appear tonight: Game 6 starters Rich Hill and Justin Verlander. That’s it. Everyone else is in play. There is no tomorrow, and it is, as they say, all hands on…
In about 20 hours, Lance McCullers will be starting Game 7 of the World Series for the Astros. But he went ahead and started warming up now—like, directly after the conclusion of Game 6—because if you’re already in uniform, why not get a few tosses in, right?
After the expansive mania of Game 5, the Astros and Dodgers delivered a comparatively breezy and smooth Game 6: a 3-1 Los Angeles victory that ensures a Game 7.
It’s been four days since Yulieski Gurriel made a racist gesture after homering off Yu Darvish, and Dodgers fans have been very clear in expressing their dissatisfaction with him tonight. That’s meant sustained boos for Gurriel for the duration of each of his plate appearances so far—and L.A. starter Rich Hill took…
After Alex Bregman dropped the single that knocked in the winning run in Sunday’s ludicrous Game 5, the broadcast caught Carlos Correa jumping onto the field in reaction to pinch runner Derek Fisher making a sprint toward the plate.
Major-league pitchers are talented enough, and managers are cautious enough, that you rarely see a baseball game featuring a pitcher so fatigued and overmatched that he just doesn’t belong on the mound. Last night, the Dodgers and Brandon Morrow showed us what that scenario looks like.
I barely know what to say, so why not just let them say it:
Alas, the camera cut away before what we assume was this dude getting a beatdown.
MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre confirmed today that the controversial passed-ball call during Max Scherzer’s meltdown in Game 5 of the NLDS was, in fact, wrong.
There were a lot of home runs in last night’s Game 2 of the World Series, an extra-innings Houston victory that tied the series at one game apiece. (A total of eight dingers, the most ever in a World Series game, with five coming in extras alone.) Here those home runs are, in the only highlight form that matters:…
Of all the ways the Dodgers demonstrated their invulnerability through the first nine games of the postseason, perhaps none was more disheartening to their opponents than the strength of the bullpen. Last night, the Astros found some heart.
Game 2 was delirious. It made me feel drunk and insane, even though I was barely either. In the 7-6, 11-inning Astros win to tie the series, enough weird shit happened for an entire postseason. Where do you start?
For the first 17 innings of this World Series, the Dodgers had looked nearly impenetrable, with their flaws few and far between. But tonight was a night where nothing in baseball was certain.
A heart-stopping World Series classic took a slight delay in the heat of the 10th inning when an idiot not-quite on the field wearing Dodgers gear decided that, after back-to-back Astros home runs, it was the perfect time to hop into the visitors’ bullpen.