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Friday, October 21, 2016

What we learned: The Dodgers can’t hit Jon Lester

It was a good, tense game until it wasn’t. After back-to-back shutouts, the Chicago Cubs have now scored 18 runs the past two games of the National League Championship Series after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 in Game 5 on Thursday. The series heads back to Wrigley Field, and we all know what’s at stake.

at the end you will see why I posted this.

Meatwad Posted: October 21, 2016 at 03:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Indians beat Blue Jays to win AL pennant |

It all worked out in the end. Congrats to the Indians and their fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2016 at 07:51 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, playoffs, world series

Hill’s biggest start works out just fine - LA Times

He carved them up with curveballs.

“It’s interesting,” Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts said. “Of the starts I’ve seen him this year, that wasn’t his best stuff. I think that curveball command wasn’t as I know he would like it. But that just shows he goes out there and competes.

“His preparedness, his guts really kept those guys at bay.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Slumping Cubs looking at shattered dreams | FOX Sports

“It ain’t over till it’s over”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Indians take 3-0 ALCS lead vs. Blue Jays |

A weird bullpen game. The Indians are one win away from the World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, playoffs

Monday, October 17, 2016

Nobody promised Dodgers would be easy, but it’s not time to panic | Chicago Sun-Times

I’ve been there. Deep breaths and keep the faith.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:36 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Kenley Jansen finds relief in role as Dodgers’ closer | FOX Sports

Free agent about to get very, very rich.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:34 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kenley jansen, playoffs

Why is it so hard to watch MLB playoff games? - Pinstripe Alley

MLB doesn’t like cord-cutters.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, television

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Dodgers vs. Cubs Preview | 10/16/16

Thanks to MLB for scheduling both games at the same time. They really don’t want me to watch.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2016 at 02:01 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts Isn’t Managing Like a Rookie - The New York Times

The man tasked with ruining the dreams of Cubs fans everywhere.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Friday, October 14, 2016

Joe Maddon confident his Cubs will be ready for the NLCS - Chicago Tribune

They are good enough. They are smart enough. And, gosh darn it, people like them.

“And you don’t want to see all these other dudes,” Maddon said. “So this time of year, you just see good pitching. That’s what this time of the year means.

“I honestly believe our guys will be equal to the challenge. I know they’re going to be ready. We’re feeling pretty good about ourselves.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, joe maddon, playoffs

Blue Jays’ Tulowitzki: ‘This is for everything. It’s our time’


“I said it a month ago. This is the best version of the Blue Jays I’ve seen. This is a team that’s had to come together. We’ve had our backs against the wall all year. We’ve been through a lot. Nothing came easily for us. We didn’t win the division. We didn’t go any on any big winning streaks. We’ve had to fight just to get here.

“Now, this is for everything, a trip to the World Series. It’s our time.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The playoffs’ most important innings were decided in July | New York Post

Imagine a Cubs vs. Indians World Series. One fanbase enjoys the euphoria of victory; the other fanbase adds another miserable failure to its bag of despair.

The Indians last won in 1948. And, you might have heard about this one: The Cubs haven’t won since 1908, or the year the world first got the electric mixer.

If not now, when?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, playoffs

Dodgers vs. Nationals Preview | 10/13/16

FS1 tonight. It felt weird not to have a game to watch last night. I’ll have to used to it soon.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2016 at 06:20 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, playoffs

#NatsRide Helps Fans Help Themselves After DC, Metro Snub Them

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was asked whether she had a plan to get Nationals fans home from Thursday’s Game 5, which will likely end after Metro closes.

“Nats fans are amazingly persistent and creative, and we know that they’re going to plan ahead,” Bowser said.

Yes. Yes, they are. And they have. Before Bowser’s unhelpful response to an important question, Nationals fans were making and sharing alternative transportation plans using the hashtag #NatsRide on Twitter.

And as most Nats fans don’t want to die a fiery death on a Metro train, they win two ways by sharing rides to the park!

Bote Man Posted: October 13, 2016 at 01:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, playoffs, politics

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Cubs changed the whole script with one exhilarating inning | FOX Sports

I fell asleep and missed the epic ending.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2016 at 06:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

Cubs rally to defeat Giants, advance to NLCS |

After every game, the Cubs’ mantra is “We never quit.” They yell it together, like a college cheer, and repeat it, “We never quit!” On Tuesday night, that no-quit attitude carried the Cubs into the National League Championship Series for the second straight year, and they got there by toppling the team dubbed the “October giant.”

After being shut down by Matt Moore for eight innings, the Cubs rallied against San Francisco’s beleaguered bullpen for an historic four-run ninth inning and posted a 6-5 victory over the Giants to take the best-of-five series, 3-1. Next up will be Game 1 of the NLCS, set for Saturday at Wrigley Field against either the Nationals or Dodgers on FOX/FS1 with game time TBD.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2016 at 06:10 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dodgers defeat Nationals, force NLDS Game 5 |

Chase Utley saved the Dodgers’ season on Tuesday, his tiebreaking RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning sending Los Angeles to a 6-5 win over the Nationals. The National League Division Series heads back to Washington for a decisive Game 5 on Thursday (5 or 8 p.m. ET/2 or 5 p.m. PT on FS1).

The winning rally started when Andrew Toles was hit on the foot by a Blake Treinen slider. Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier, who spent most of the season healing from a broken leg, singled. Utley bounced a single sharply into right field to score Toles with Ethier taking third.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 10:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, playoffs

Danny Salazar could return from injury to rejoin Cleveland Indians for ALCS - Let’s Go Tribe

Mike Clevinger might not be starting next series.

Francona could be on the verge of having another dominant arm at his disposal in the mid to late innings, because Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that All-Star Danny Salazar threw a bullpen session yesterday, will likely throw a live BP session, and could be ready to rejoin the team for the ALCS. Salazar also threw a bullpen session last Friday, so yesterday’s session means there weren’t any setbacks.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 02:22 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, playoffs

Clayton Kershaw will start for the Dodgers in Game 4 against the Nationals - LA Times

ICYMI, Kershaw on short rest for the Dodgers today.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 02:21 PM | 196 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, nationals, playoffs

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong and I was wrong about demise of Cleveland Indians |

The Indians will have their hands full against the Blue Jays.

Corey Kluber walked up to me Monday night in the Indians clubhouse at Fenway Park, poured a beer over my head and said, “Thanks.”

I knew what he meant, but he was definitely thanking the wrong guy. He should have been thanking himself and his teammates for sweeping the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series.

On Sept. 17, I said the Indians were done. I said their postseason dreams were over before they began. I wrote that after watching Carlos Carrasco walk off the mound with a broken right hand. Carrasco’s injury followed the loss of Danny Salazar on Sept. 9 to a right forearm injury.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 08:11 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, red sox

Bruce Bochy: ‘One of the best, most exciting games I’ve ever been involved in’ - San Francisco Chronicle

Too bad I live in the East Coast and have a job. I had to tap out at 12:30 AM and missed the ending.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

Nationals beat Dodgers, take 2-1 lead in NLDS |

The Nationals are one victory from advancing to the National League Championship Series after pulling away from the Dodgers on Monday, 8-3. Anthony Rendon blasted a two-run homer and former Dodger Jayson Werth crushed a solo shot in a win that gave Washington a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five NL Division Series.

It’s the first time the Nats have led a postseason series since winning the opening game of the 2012 NLDS, and they did so by scoring eight runs, the most in a postseason game in club history.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, playoffs

Giants rally, beat Cubs to stay alive in NLDS |

The Giants did not go quietly into the good night.

Maybe this was supposed to happen in a game pitting the Major Leagues’ winningest team of the season against the most successful one of the past decade. Neither would yield easily.

Joe Panik’s double scored Brandon Crawford to snap a 13th-inning tie and lift the Giants to a 6-5 victory over the Cubs on Monday night in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. When the thoroughly entertained AT&T Park audience of 43,571 finally departed, slack-jawed from amazement, the Giants had trimmed the Cubs’ lead in the best-of-five series to 2-1.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

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