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Title: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 03, 2021, 06:52:10 PM
No MLB talk throughout the regular season? Odd.  :P

Here's where we finish after 162 games.

National League:
#1. San Francisco Giants (NL West winner)
#2. Milwaukee Brewers (NL Central winner)
#3. Atlanta Braves (NL East winner)
#4. Los Angeles Dodgers (NL Wild Card host)
#5. St. Louis Cardinals (NL Wild Card visitor)

American League:
#1. Tampa Bay Rays (AL East winner)
#2. Houston Astros (AL West winner)
#3. Chicago White Sox (AL Central winner)
#4. Boston Red Sox (AL Wild Card host)
#5. New York Yankees (AL Wild Card visitor)

The Yankees and the Red Sox finished with identical records, but the game will be held at Fenway because the Red Sox have the better head-to-head record. Their game kicks off the postseason on October 5.

The National League Wild Card game between the Dodgers and the Cardinals will take place October 6. The 106-56 Dodgers this season broke the record for most wins for a second place team. They have the benefit of the Wild Card which many of the past teams they beat did not have.

ALDS (Starts October 7):
Astros Vs. White Sox & Rays Vs. Yankees/Red Sox

NLDS (Starts October 8 ):
Braves Vs. Brewers & Giants Vs. Dodgers/Cardinals

My Wild Card picks are Boston and the Dodgers.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 04, 2021, 02:18:59 AM
The Braves overcame a lot of adversity to make it to the NL East title and to October, but I honestly don't see them getting past Milwaukee. They've had the Braves' number this season and are honestly the better team. It should be Milwaukee vs. the Dodgers in the NLCS.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 05, 2021, 02:12:58 PM
Dodgers are a 3:1 favorite to win the World Series. St. Louis is the long shot at 20:1.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 05, 2021, 07:10:51 PM
Dodgers are a 3:1 favorite to win the World Series. St. Louis is the long shot at 20:1.

Imagine if the Cards knock off LA.  Of course, until the Dodgers finally won in 2020, St. Louis sorta had their number.  Should be a great series, but it's not a meaningful game until Joe West injects himself into the game


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No MLB talk throughout the regular season? Odd.  :P


PatrickRox: I actually considered starting a baseball thread at the beginning of the season.  I klnda knew it wasn't gaining any traction.  Plus, I was too involved in the Final Four and the Masters.  Of course, I figured this thread would've been created before I arrived to start it in case it wasn't LOL!

Say what you will about the Wild Card segment of the postseason.  However, I cannot wait for the Yankees to knock off the Red Sox AL Wild Card game.  After nearly a decade of it, definitely the biggest and most important game.  The game might still be going on (in regulation) when I'm up at 6 AM Eastern, but if there was a season to make the Wild card a best of 3, it probably will not be off of a Sox loss to New York or a NY loss to Boston
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: mellongraig on October 05, 2021, 08:43:18 PM
I think as a Toronto and/or Seattle fan, you have wonder this question - could you have played differently to win these games you shouldn't have lost, especially when one, two, or more of them are so crucial and also get the help that you need from other teams to get into the playoffs? We could have seen a Toronto-Seattle matchup in the AL Wild Card rather than New York-Boston, or even tiebreakers to decide it. I do have a feeling that these teams will be in the postseason for 2022 if they can play well like 2021 but play even better.

On the other hand throughout the regular season, there were some historic firsts that involved female broadcasting and the usage of all-female broadcast announcers in baseball. Some examples were the Orioles-Rays on YouTube, Cubs-White Sox on MLB Network, and Padres-Dodgers on ESPN. I'm not necessarily going to say that they have any talent, but I do think this is going to continue for 2022 if there is a 2022 season (and likely see the usage of all-female broadcasts increase).

If there was going to be any changes in the postseason like adding the number of teams that make it in as I think 10 is too low out of a 30 team league (and especially when the NHL and NBA allow 16 teams to make it in), they'd have to do it off season and vote on it. This also goes true when the Dodgers won 106 games and yet they still didn't win the NL West. If the Dodgers somehow lose the Wild Card game, I think that might put increased pressure to change the rules for 2022.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: therealcu2010 on October 05, 2021, 11:44:00 PM
Honestly, I think the postseason format is fine as it is... even the single elimination wild card game. It makes winning the division that much more important. In the NHL and NBA, so many teams (at least half) get in the postseason that the divisional standings might as well not matter, because every team has to win the same number of games to win the title...and since there is no real home advantage to teams unlike in baseball, it's basically just wiping the standings clean and starting over.

MLB, however, is perfect. If you don't want to play that one game playoff, win your division. The Dodgers may have won 106 games, but if they lose the single wild card game, then the only argument should be that they should have won the division to avoid the game to begin with.

And this is coming from someone whose team just lost the Wild Card Game...
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 06, 2021, 08:20:32 AM
A simulation of the postseason using the game The Show 2021 has Atlanta winning the World Series. It has them defeating Milwaukee in the DS in four games, The Giants in the LCS in six games and Boston in the WS in seven. Take with a grain--nay, a handful of salt, the same simulation had the Yankees going to the DS and beating Tampa Bay.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 06, 2021, 02:18:39 PM
A simulation of the postseason using the game The Show 2021 has Atlanta winning the World Series. It has them defeating Milwaukee in the DS in four games, The Giants in the LCS in six games and Boston in the WS in seven. Take with a grain--nay, a handful of salt, the same simulation had the Yankees going to the DS and beating Tampa Bay.

Oh, Iím definitely taking that with a grain of salt.  To be fair to Atlanta, I havenít watched that many of their games, and they are good enough to win the title this year.  I just canít see them beating any of the other four NL teams 4 times before they lose four times.  Of course, they could slide past the Brewers, but thatís it.  Iím also a bit bias.

Honestly, I think the postseason format is fine as it is... even the single elimination wild card game. It makes winning the division that much more important. In the NHL and NBA, so many teams (at least half) get in the postseason that the divisional standings might as well not matter, because every team has to win the same number of games to win the title...and since there is no real home advantage to teams unlike in baseball, it's basically just wiping the standings clean and starting over.

MLB, however, is perfect. If you don't want to play that one game playoff, win your division. The Dodgers may have won 106 games, but if they lose the single wild card game, then the only argument should be that they should have won the division to avoid the game to begin with.

And this is coming from someone whose team just lost the Wild Card Game...


Iím old enough to remember that you had to win your division just to get into the postseason.  Similar to the Hall of Fame, the highest honor, or in this case, the level of play should be prestigious.  It should be for the best of the best (of the best).  Too many teams add revenue and adds more to that level.  Iím not going to shake my head on one earning more money, but teams used to have to work and earn it.

As mentioned, thereís no sympathy for New York or anyone else (including Los Angeles) getting booted from the 2021 MLB season in a winner take all one-game playoff, because if theyíd won their division, it would be an issue.

Theyíre not going to change the format despite the Yankees losing or if the Dodgers lose (despite my joke earlier).  The conspiracy of them doing so wouldnít occur when Boston and St Louis are involved.  Maybe it would if Oakland or Pittsburgh had been the team to win a one-game playoff over a big market team.

One thing Iíll admit is that it does suck if you win a ton of games but end up playing the wild card game, while two other teams with fewer wins get a series against each other.  Still teams have an idea how things will go down
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 06, 2021, 04:09:18 PM
Atlanta and Milwaukee split their season record at 3-3, but I see Milwaukee prevailing through their bats. Atlanta has some talented pitchers (Morton, Fried, Ynoa, Anderson) but they tend to make mistake pitches that cost them. Their bullpen has question marks as well.

Max Scherzer starts for the Dodgers in tonight's NL wild card. I like Big Blue here.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 07, 2021, 12:29:07 AM
It'll be the Dodgers facing the Giants in that half of the NLDS. Chris Taylor with the walk-off homer.

My LDS Picks are San Francisco in 4, Milwaukee in 3, Tampa Bay in 5 and Houston in 3.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 07, 2021, 08:18:13 AM
Taylor's homer was the fifth walk-off homer in postseason history and the first Dodger walk-off in a deciding game since 1978 in game 7 of the NLCS (Bill Russell off of Phillies' Tug McGraw).
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 07, 2021, 03:10:06 PM
I'm probably going to go with the same exact picks that PatrickRox went with (even down to the game total, though I think San Francisco will not drop a game while Chicago might win a game).  That way, I can be thankful if it's accurate or I can be held responsible if it's the opposite of accurate.  I think there will definitely be a new champion, mainly when LA is going to try to repeat without Kershaw & Muncy.


BTW, I was surprised that it's the first ever meeting between the NL West teams, but that surprise lasted only a second, especially given my comment on division winning teams only making the playoffs until 3 decades ago when the postseason expanded.  Still you'd think they would've crossed paths at least once.  To add to why it's a first, until 2012, there was a rule that you couldn't face your division rival off the bat in the first round
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 08, 2021, 03:54:10 AM
Tampa Bay and Houston draw first blood in their ALDS games, winning decisively. Let's see what happens in the NLDS contests.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 08, 2021, 07:44:27 AM
Tampa Bay and Houston draw first blood in their ALDS games, winning decisively. Let's see what happens in the NLDS contests.

Especially Los Angeles & San Francisco.  Totally looking forward to that game & series, but I wonder if the former might get pounded like Boston did.  Both the Red Sox & Dodgers started the postseason with emotional, memorable wins.  Maybe it affected Boston, and maybe it'll affect LA.  It's a division rival for the Dodgers so they might be okay.  Of course, the Red Sox and Tampa have history as division foes.  The Bosox were one swing away from pulling to within 1.  At the very least, they could've made it close.  It didn't really matter.  The Rays were dominant last night.

Meanwhile, no emotions from Chicago.  They're just awful.  Of course, their division isn't that great and someone had to win it!
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 08, 2021, 08:19:26 AM
Walker Buehler (16-4, 2.48 in regular season) starts for the Dodgers while Logan Webb (11-3, 3.03) takes the hill for the Giants. On paper, Buehler seems the better pitcher, but Gerrett Cole was that for the Yankees and he crashed and burned after two innings against Boston Tuesday night. Everyone is 0-0 when the postseason starts.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Nate Powalie on October 08, 2021, 11:15:56 AM
Tampa Bay and Houston draw first blood in their ALDS games, winning decisively. Let's see what happens in the NLDS contests.

In that Tampa/Boston game, I think I saw that Randy Arozerena (pardon my spelling if that's wrong) was the first player to pull off a steal of home plate since 2016.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: LiteBulb88 on October 08, 2021, 01:19:16 PM
Arozarena was the first player to steal home in a playoff game since 2016. He was also the first player to hit a home run and steal home in the same playoff game ever. He is a very impressive ballplayer.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 08, 2021, 06:13:55 PM
Pitchers duel in Milwaukee. Meanwhile, Astros continue to dominate the White Sox. 9-4 the final.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: moneygamelover on October 08, 2021, 06:17:04 PM
A lot of their fans didn't like the move when it transpired. But, let's call a spade a spade here. The American League has been great for the Houston Astros. In fact, they're now win away from their 5th consecutive ALCS appearance.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 09, 2021, 04:49:20 AM
Brewers win. Although Morton's numbers were better than Burnes' (9Ks/1BB to Burnes' 6Ks/3BB), Morton gave up the dinger that decided it. The mistake pitch I mentioned earlier.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 09, 2021, 10:34:59 AM
Boston gets its revenge against Tampa (well in terms of winning & losing within the ALDS).  After being humiliated on Thursday (especially by Arozarena alone), it looked as if the Rays were going to continue to add insult to injury, courtesy of a grand slam to obtain a big lead.  Red Sox had enough, and they kept going yard to wipe away that lead and create a big lead of their own.  They never looked back, and the series is now tied heading back to Boston.  They're in position to head back to the ALCS; they just have to defend their home field.  Easier said than done.

Say what you will about the Astros.  Whatever people think of them, they are a very good team.  Chicago isn't really that much of a measuring stick, TBH.  I still think the White Sox will avoid the sweep, but barely; I think this series is definitely not headed back to Houston
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 10, 2021, 02:56:21 AM
Dodgers and Braves even up their respective series. Atlanta's Max Fried has five career postseason shutouts.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 11, 2021, 12:57:11 AM
Big performance tonight from Chicago.  The bats showed up mid0-game, then pitching for the White Sox followed with a run where they didn't allow an Astros baserunner.  12-6 final; Chicago still faces elimination against Houston (who now has just one game to spare).  Tampa also faces elimination on Monday, but they probably blew it against Boston.

Another day full of postseason baseball (4 games just like on Friday).  There will be NLDS games on Tuesday no matter what happens the day before
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 11, 2021, 01:05:12 PM
Inclement weather has postponed Game 4 of the Astros/White Sox series to tomorrow.

Even with that ground-rule double, the Rays would have lost that game. Tonight's contest depends on which version of Collin McHugh will show up.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 11, 2021, 04:49:17 PM
Atlanta takes a 2-1 lead in their DS over Milwaukee. Joc Pederson's pinch-hit 3-run blast in the fifth was the deciding factor. Milwaukee is batting .128 in the series so far.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 11, 2021, 09:32:27 PM
Not a desperation game for Milwaukee, but similar to Tampa, it's a game they could've produced a different result.  A lot of RISP spots that ended up being meaningless.  Atlanta still is a more deserving team, and IMO, could've swept the Brewers
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 11, 2021, 10:37:07 PM
The Red Sox are the first team to advance to the ALCS. The Rays wanted no part of it.

They'll go to either Guaranteed Rate or Minute Maid on Friday.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: moneygamelover on October 11, 2021, 11:04:38 PM
Welp, after beating both the Yankees and the Rays in the playoffs, the Red Sox have proven themselves the best team in the A.L. East.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 12, 2021, 12:48:53 AM
A 1-0 Giants win sends LA to the brink, in a painful way.  The Dodgers can thank the wind and Crawford for a game that got away from them.  It was a rather great game (IMO, low scores and okay defense / pitching is underrated)
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: moneygamelover on October 12, 2021, 01:03:27 AM
A 1-0 Giants win sends LA to the brink, in a painful way.  The Dodgers can thank the wind and Crawford for a game that got away from them.  It was a rather great game (IMO, low scores and okay defense / pitching is underrated)

I agree. In fact, one of the best baseball games I've ever seen was a 1-0 game. The game I'm referring is game 7 of the 1991 World Series in which John Smoltz and Jack Morris dueled to a 0-0 tie after 9 innings before Gene Larkin got his One Shining Moment in the 10th Inning. 
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 12, 2021, 09:34:06 AM
(IMO, low scores and okay defense / pitching is underrated)

Are, Seabreeze.  Not is; are.  As in defense & pitching are underrated.

I agree. In fact, one of the best baseball games I've ever seen was a 1-0 game. The game I'm referring is game 7 of the 1991 World Series in which John Smoltz and Jack Morris dueled to a 0-0 tie after 9 innings before Gene Larkin got his One Shining Moment in the 10th Inning. 

That game culminated what was a great fall classic.  Save for one game, it was very competitive.  That year's postseason was very good TBH.

It was nice for me to see Minnesota win there, but eventually, Atlanta would be okay.  It was great to see Smoltz get a title, albeit one when they were close enough throughout most of the 90s
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 12, 2021, 06:49:23 PM
The American League Cheatersí Championship Series is set: Game 1 will take place in Houston.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 12, 2021, 09:11:18 PM
The Braves are the first team to punch their ticket into the NLCS. They're waiting for the result of the Dodgers/Giants series.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 13, 2021, 01:25:59 AM
Dodgers-Giants go to a game 5 Thursday at 6 PM PDT in Frisco.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: EaglesWings4500 on October 13, 2021, 07:29:21 PM
I have been an Braves fan for many years.. When they had Dale Murphy (I was so mad when they tried him to the Phillies, I believe) and then in the 90s when they went from worse to first.

I have not been keeping up with much sports but I hope they made it to the WS and win the title this year!!!!
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Nate Powalie on October 13, 2021, 08:16:28 PM
And there goes my prediction for the World Series. Curse you, Astros.  :boo: Now I can only hope for a Red Sox-Giants WS.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 13, 2021, 09:34:29 PM
I checked back and everywhere else; I don't think I made a World Series prediction!  I went round by round instead.  Currently I'm 1-2.  I could've been 2-2 but San Francisco couldn't get it done last night (well, they weren't even close TBH).  The Giants do get to host tomorrow.

The good news about most of the League Divisional Round ending before a Game 5 was that it gave me a day off from sports.  Looks like the earliest non Baseball night would be a week from Thursday if the NL winner wins in 5 and the AL winner sweeps the runner-up.  The next possible non baseball night would be a week from Friday if either Houston or Boston win in 5 games or less.

The fall classic is slated to start a week from Tuesday as of this post
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 14, 2021, 07:52:44 PM
Here's the schedule of the League Championship Series and the Fall Classic (Following the final Divisional Round Winner Take All Game):


American League Championship: Houston vs Boston (Sunday/Thursday off Day)

10/15: Red Sox at Astros
10/16: Red Sox at Astros
10/18: Astros at Red Sox
10/19: Astros at Red Sox
10/20: Astros at Red Sox *
10/22: Red Sox at Astros *
10/23: Red Sox at Astros *


Game 1 will be on FOX, Game 2 is either on FOX, FS1 (or both).  FS1 likely exclusive after that



National League Championship: Atlanta vs the Surviving NL West Team


Games are slated for October 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, & 24: With a Monday/Friday off day.  Games may be played on the 21, 23-24 based on how the series progresses.  Off of an assumption that the NLCS will go the distance, Atlanta will host the first two and last two games if Los Angeles wins.  San Francisco will host instead if they survive against the defending champions.  All games are slated to air exclusively on TBS.


2021 World Series: (Thursday/Monday off day)

10/26: NL Winner vs AL Winner
10/27: NL Winner vs AL Winner
10/29: NL Winner vs AL Winner
10/30: NL Winner vs AL Winner
10/31: NL Winner vs AL Winner *
11/02: NL Winner vs AL Winner *
11/03: NL Winner vs AL Winner *


*  If Necessary


Personally, I'm going against my prediction and going with LA FTW.  It's a road game, but the pitching matchup is intriguing.  LA may be loaded just because, but they're very good and well coached & managed
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: JarodJGames on October 14, 2021, 08:24:46 PM
Game 1 will be on FOX, Game 2 is either on FOX, FS1 (or both).  FS1 likely exclusive after that

Actually Game 7 is listed as FOX/FS1 too, but Games 3-6 are on FS1 Exclusively.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: JarodJGames on October 14, 2021, 08:45:20 PM
Actually Game 2 of ALCS will not be a Night game as Both FOX and FS1 are scheduled to have College Football in the Night Slot. But both Channels have open slots in the 3-8PM Range on the College Football Schedule which I think Game 2 of the ALCS will be on. (I had meant to Modify my previous post so feel free to combine my 2 posts.)
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: mellongraig on October 15, 2021, 01:11:42 AM
Talk about a controversial ending to the Dodgers-Giants series as the Giants are out on what was a check swing that the umpire at 1B said he went, but the videos seem to show otherwise. And there were other calls that didn't go the Giants favor either.

So that means it will be a Dodgers-Braves matchup starting on Saturday night in Atlanta.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 15, 2021, 07:55:43 AM
Thanks, Jarod [re: start times and networks slated to air the games].


I thought I saw something to the extent of Game 7 being on FS1/FOX.  They've still stuck to FS1 in the past, but as mentioned, with it being College Football season, they're probably not bumping a big game off even if it's a Game 7.  Other than that, FOX would be ideal (would be a Saturday).

Speaking of what makes sense; having the games in the afternoon would avoid conflict.  I didn't list the times or mention them in my original post because they weren't made available until shortly after I posted.

Speaking of post-modification, I guess I ought to modify my original post to reflect the Dodgers' victory & their road status against Atlanta for all the games except Games 3,4 and if necessary, Game 5.

San Francisco had plenty of chances to win the game last night.  To be fair, LA played a great game, and held as much as possible.  The Giants had their shot, but it didn't work out.  That being said, you cannot end the game that way.  What an awful call and end to a great series.  I don't think the Giants were going to get it done anyway, but that was so unfortunate
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: JarodJGames on October 15, 2021, 12:44:31 PM
ALCS Schedule with Start Times and Channels
Game 1 Red Sox @ Astros Tonight 8:07PM FOX
Game 2 Red Sox @ Astros Tomorrow 4:20PM FOX/FS1 (Time is Known for this game but Channel is still up in the air as of Right Now, but Likely FS1 since the Night College Football Game on FS1 for Tomorrow starts at 9PM while Night College Football Game on FOX for tomorrow starts at 8:30PM)
Game 3 Astros @ Red Sox 10/18 8:07PM FS1
Game 4 Astros @ Red Sox 10/19 TBD FS1
Game 5* Astros @ Red Sox 10/20 TBD FS1
Game 6* Red Sox @ Astros 10/22 TBD FS1
Game 7* Red Sox @ Astros 10/23 TBD FOX/FS1

*If Necessary 
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 15, 2021, 08:04:24 PM
Boston in seven.  So if I'm wrong, chances are it means Dusty Baker will finally get that title
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: JarodJGames on October 15, 2021, 08:53:44 PM
Just IN: Coverage of Game 2 of the ALCS Tomorrow at 3:30PM on FOX source is a Promo Bumper that Popped up during Smackdown on FS1
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 15, 2021, 11:59:26 PM
That 3:30 start must include the pregame show as the latest I've seen and heard still has a 4:20 start (with NLCS starting at a reasonable start of 8:00)
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 16, 2021, 12:17:39 AM
What a game!  Plus a game lasting more than 4 hours where one swing could've made it reach five hours removed from the first pitch.  Nevertheless, Houston survives & Takes Game 1 with a 5-4 victory.  Several deep shots, but Boston & Houston will be back at it on Saturday afternoon.  Both teams are really just getting started!
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: JarodJGames on October 16, 2021, 12:40:25 AM
Remainder of Start Times and Channels are in for the ALCS
Game 4 Astros @ Red Sox 10/19 8:08PM FS1
Game 5* Astros @ Red Sox 10/20 5:08PM FS1
Game 6* Red Sox @ Astros 10/22 8:08PM FS1
Game 7* Red Sox @ Astros 10/23 8:08PM FOX

*If Necessary

NLCS Schedule with Start Times (All Games on TBS)
Game 1 Dodgers @ Braves 10/16 8:08PM
Game 2 Dodgers @ Braves 10/17 7:38PM
Game 3 Braves @ Dodgers 10/19 5:08PM
Game 4 Braves @ Dodgers 10/20 8:08PM
Game 5* Braves @ Dodgers 10/21 8:08PM
Game 6* Dodgers @ Braves 10/23 5:08PM
Game 7* Dodgers @ Braves 10/24 7:38PM
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 16, 2021, 01:38:22 PM
Corey Knebel will start game 1 of the NLCS for the Dodgers. Max Scherzer will start game 2.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: JarodJGames on October 16, 2021, 07:23:11 PM
The Red Sox has made Postseason History today by Getting NOT 1 BUT 2 Grand Slams in One Game in the Postseason and IN 2 INNINGS. As of writing this post they are up 9-3 on the Astros at the 7th Inning Stretch.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 17, 2021, 01:58:30 AM
Austin Riley was the hero for Atlanta with a homer and he drove in the winning run in the ninth in the Braves' 3-2 win in game 1. Max Scherzer vs. Ian Anderson tonight.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 18, 2021, 01:51:10 AM
Atlanta goes up 2-0 now with a 5-4 win thanks to the night's hero Eddie Rosario. Of course, everyone in Atlanta remembers the 1996 World Series, so they're not lighting the victory cigars just yet.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 18, 2021, 02:52:30 AM
Oh, and not to mention last year's NLCS.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 19, 2021, 03:03:39 AM
Boston hits six homers, including Kyle Schwarber's grand slam en route to a 12-3 win over Houston and a 2-1 lead in the ALCS.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Nate Powalie on October 19, 2021, 10:46:18 AM
And I saw in an ESPN note that Red Sox manager Alex Cora gave some heat to his pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez for mimicking Houston Astros star shortstop Carlos Correa's "My time" celebration. Why exactly did he do that?
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 19, 2021, 12:43:58 PM
And I saw in an ESPN note that Red Sox manager Alex Cora gave some heat to his pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez for mimicking Houston Astros star shortstop Carlos Correa's "My time" celebration. Why exactly did he do that?

It's probably related to Cora & Correa's connection when Alex was a member of the Astros staff.  Of course, that's what I heard.  Eduardo should just double-down; IMO, while Rodriguez probably could've taken the high road, I didn't have a problem with it
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 19, 2021, 03:04:36 PM
Atlanta-Los Angeles: Charlie Morton vs. Walker Buehler today. The Dodgers will start reliever Julio Urias in tomorrow's game 4 against Atlanta's Huascar Ynoa, whose 18.00 postseason ERA may stir concerns from Braves fans.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 20, 2021, 12:13:03 AM
Not a good day to have a series lead. Atlanta blows a 5-2 game in the eighth, with the Dodgers winning Game 3. The Red Sox have allowed Houston to even their series by coughing up seven runs in the top of the ninth.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 20, 2021, 04:44:11 AM
Last night's game could be harbinger Atlanta fans don't want to think about. Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts, currently the two most hated men in Atlanta, provided the return of the Dodgers' confidence and swagger they lacked in games 1 and 2. This could carry over from here on.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 20, 2021, 03:44:35 PM
It didn't help that Atlanta sorta got lucky in Games 1 & 2.  It's crazy too; when the Braves erased that lead in the second game, I kept saying to myself, "Atlanta is going to steal this game the same way they won in the first game".  Base hit, RISP, Bottom of the ninth, and it's over.  Los Angeles could've won either one of those games (or both).  The Dodgers played better, I believe (and several people thought so).  The final score is what counts though.

I refrained from saying how the ALCS was not going to go back to Houston.  I was right in a big way, so I'll refrain from saying Atlanta is done.  They could win today and that could be a big deal.  Boston should be okay but I don't think as much as advertised if they blow it later.  Looks like we have a series in the NLCS (and we definitely do in the ALCS)!
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 20, 2021, 04:04:43 PM
A.J. Minton starts for Atlanta tonight in a pitcher-by-committee (or "bullpen") game. Minton's postseason ERA is 0.90, so Brian Snitker will uses his relievers every two or so innings. Urias will likely be used likewise.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 20, 2021, 11:37:49 PM
The Braves shake off yesterday's ghosts, and they're one game away from returning to their first World Series in 22 years. To rub salt in the wound, the Dodgers have lost Justin Turner to a hamstring injury.

The Astros are also one away from defeating the now listless Red Sox.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 21, 2021, 08:10:11 AM
My brother says the TBS announcers have been having a Mr. Happy for the Dodgers throughout the series. I wouldn't know since we're getting the play by play in Spanish (for Hispanic Heritage Month).

84% of the teams up 3-1 in the NLCS have gone on to the World Series. Atlanta was up 3-1 last year and got swept the rest of the way by L.A. So the champagne will be kept on ice.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 21, 2021, 01:06:03 PM
My brother says the TBS announcers have been having a Mr. Happy for the Dodgers throughout the series.

More family-friendly terminology than what I had in mind.  :P Nothing would thrill the sportswriters more greatly than if the Dodgers beat either remaining American League team in the World Series. Sensationalism aside, it would still make for the ultimate karma story. The tide's turned heavily against the Dodgers, though.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 21, 2021, 07:34:55 PM
The Braves shake off yesterday's ghosts, and they're one game away from returning to their first World Series in 22 years. To rub salt in the wound, the Dodgers have lost Justin Turner to a hamstring injury.

The Astros are also one away from defeating the now listless Red Sox.

If Atlanta doesn't get it done, then they are truly cursed.  Los Angeles is really missing Muncy & Kershaw; the Turner stuff does not help at all.  The Dodgers could win tonight, but I don't think they'll be able to survive against the Braves after that.  Just a couple scenarios where the road team in both games have to win each of the last two games to obtain the Pennant
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 21, 2021, 11:43:12 PM
The Dodgers won't go quietly at home. A three-homer game by Chris Taylor, and the series continues in Atlanta two days from now.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 22, 2021, 03:12:21 AM
Scherzer vs. Anderson on Saturday (5 PM ET, TBS). The Braves won last time against Scherzer, and the home crowd should be a factor. But the Dodgers have the talent to take a home crowd out of it, so let's see what happens.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 22, 2021, 11:09:19 PM
Max Scherzer has been scratched from game 6, saying his pitching arm is "dead." David Price, who was recently reactivated to the Dodgers lineup, will start game 6.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 22, 2021, 11:38:05 PM
The Astros are your American League champions. They'll await the results of the Braves/Dodgers series.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: whowouldeverhurtawhammy on October 22, 2021, 11:41:02 PM
Congratulations, Astros. Let's win this World Series.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: JayC on October 23, 2021, 11:35:49 AM
Max Scherzer has been scratched from game 6, saying his pitching arm is "dead." David Price, who was recently reactivated to the Dodgers lineup, will start game 6.
Actually ESPN is reporting Walker Buehler will start game 6 on short rest.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 23, 2021, 12:22:12 PM
Yeah, saw that. It will make Brian Snitker rethink his lineup for the Braves.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 23, 2021, 11:45:01 PM
The Braves are World Series bound. They have a date in Houston on Tuesday night.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 24, 2021, 12:19:53 AM
Best of luck to Atlanta.  I think skill over luck will be their best chance of a WS title, possibly their first in 26 years
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: moneygamelover on October 24, 2021, 12:27:08 AM
I was surprised that the Braves pinch hit  for Anderson with 2 outs and runner on 1st in the 4th, but it paid off as it eventually led to Rosario's 3 run home run that proved to be the difference in the game
 Congratulations to Eddie Rosario on his much deserved NLCS MVP.

Oh, and Tyler Matzek is a god.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: UltraPrice on October 24, 2021, 12:42:04 AM
For the first time in 22 years , the Braves will be in the World Series.  The 2000 Yankees will remain MLB's last repeat World Series Championship team.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 24, 2021, 03:37:29 AM
Gee, could there be something to that video game simulation?? Probably not since it had Atlanta winning the NLCS over San Francisco and the WS over Boston. Should be an interesting series coming up.

Listening to the KNX stream and the Dodger faithful kvetching. ("They ran out of pitchers," "All that money and yadda yadda"). Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was more genteel, saying Atlanta simply outplayed his team.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 24, 2021, 12:27:25 PM
The Astros are posted as 10:1 to win the Series. The money line opened at -150 but has since dropped to -145.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: EaglesWings4500 on October 24, 2021, 08:53:19 PM
I hope the Braves win it all!!!!!   :)
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 24, 2021, 11:56:24 PM
I think a lot of people are hoping Atlanta wins.  Though there are some that want to see Houston win so that Dusty Baker can finally get his.  Still amazing to win a pennant in both leagues.  Several people still will pull for Atlanta, but out of the last four teams, they were probably the "least polarizing"
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 25, 2021, 08:14:55 PM
I may not care too much for the Astros, but I wouldn't wish Ron "I can do anything I want!" Kulpa on them. A pretty low blow letting him work this World Series.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 26, 2021, 03:08:20 AM
Of note, the current collective bargaining agreement ends at midnight December 1. So unless some wheeling and dealing is done, there will be a work stoppage in MLB starting December 2.

On the Series front, Astros P Lance McCullers is doubtful, having suffered a strain in the divisional series.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Richie on October 26, 2021, 03:15:06 AM
There is a very tough lesson for both the San Francisco Giants AND the Los Angeles Dodgers to learn from this postseason:

107 wins for the Giants and 106 for the Dodgers were fantastic in the regular season.   It means diddly squat for the postseason.   Interesting that those teams got knocked out before the World Series.   
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 26, 2021, 09:21:46 AM
There is a very tough lesson for both the San Francisco Giants AND the Los Angeles Dodgers to learn from this postseason:

107 wins for the Giants and 106 for the Dodgers were fantastic in the regular season.   It means diddly squat for the postseason.   Interesting that those teams got knocked out before the World Series.   


I think I may have to disagree with this here.  I don't think there's anything San Francisco and Los Angeles have to learn from this postseason (that they didn't already know).  Especially the latter (at least prior to last year).  At the end of the day, it's just lousy luck in a league full of professionals.  Atlanta didn't win as much, but they didn't need to.  As long as they got in, anything could happen.

That's just my opinion.  I don't think it's a big deal.  For what it's worth, the Dodgers and Giants are two of only 9 teams out of 30 that have won the title in the past 12 years.  Both played each other early due to the structure of the playoffs; someone wasn't going to survive to the NLCS.  SF may have survived against Atlanta had they not blown their lead against a banged up Dodgers team.

I do agree that 100+ wins is meaningless and/or overrated if you don't win the title or at least get to the World Series.  I just think that no one would be surprised if they fall short.  Nothing's guaranteed.  The 2015 NL side of the postseason was the most brutal with the Top three teams in terms of wins coming from the same division (and this was when the All Star Game rule was still active & the AL winning that year's game)
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 26, 2021, 02:59:33 PM
The 100+ regular season wins being meaningless in the postseason is so true. Atlanta won 106 games in 1998 and got swept by San Diego in the NLCS. They won 103 in 1999 and made the WS, only the Yankees...well, less said, the better. Charlie Morton faces Framber Valdez in game 1 tonight.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: DRPrice on October 26, 2021, 06:44:17 PM
     And don't forget the 1987 Twins and 2006 Cardinals.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 26, 2021, 07:53:55 PM
Atlanta FTW.  Probably more of an emotional hedge.  There are things to like about both teams and things to dislike about both teams.  Atlanta has the pitching, the defense.  Houston has a ton of offense.  Defensively, not that great, but Atlanta's offense can do just enough to win the whole thing if the Astros can't pitch.

Somewhat surprising that Morton is pitching tonight, but mainly because it would affect his ability to be available in a possible Game 7 (where he's basically undefeated)
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 27, 2021, 12:17:30 AM
The Braves lose Charlie Morton to injury, but they win Game 1 6-2.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 27, 2021, 03:18:52 AM
Jorge Soler is the first player to hit a homer in his first World Series appearance. The Astros are 0-4 in game 1 WS appearances.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 27, 2021, 07:59:05 AM
Jorge Soler is the first player to hit a homer in his first World Series appearance. The Astros are 0-4 in game 1 WS appearances.


In addition to that, with Jorge Soler's homerun, it is the first time in Fall Classic history where the series started off with a home run.  Now there have been leadoff homeruns in the World Series over the past century & then some.  However, those were done between Games 2-7.  There may have been one by the home team in Game 1 in the past.  This is the first time after 117 years or seasons where the very first batter opened the World Series with a HR; the very first batter being a member of the visiting team in Game One
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 27, 2021, 08:56:05 AM
Max Fried vs. Jose Urquidy tonight. Fried had a less-than-stellar effort in game 5 of the NLCS but he maintains a postseason ERA of 3.78.  Urquidy's postseason ERA is 27.00, but Atlanta cannot take that lightly.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: whowouldeverhurtawhammy on October 27, 2021, 11:24:34 PM
The World Series is tied 1-1 after game 2.
Go get em, Astros!
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 28, 2021, 02:30:36 AM
Luis Garcia (1-1, 9.64) vs. Ian Anderson (1-0, 2.25) at Truist tomorrow night. There may be delays or even a postponement as rain is forecast in Atlanta the next three days.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 28, 2021, 06:49:33 PM
Game Two was pretty much a must win for both teams, including Atlanta despite still being on the road and already up 1-0.  Still feeling awful for Charlie Morton; never thought Ace and Charlie Morton would be used in the same sentence, but any rooting interest for Atlanta outside of my pick for them to win is basically gone.

Even though Atlanta has the ability to be "one away" from victory and still not get there, I don't think they would've blown a 3-0 series lead.  It wouldn't have been a shocker if they had given when Morton would've been slated to return.  Instead, given the fact that Atlanta lost him to a broken fibula, it's likely that the Astros won't drop another game, even with the next three being played in Atlanta.

Hopefully Atlanta can win at least one more (not because of my pick but for the purpose of having a good series).  It might be over for Fried, but their defense was supposed to be their strength, if not a nice asset
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 29, 2021, 04:16:28 PM
Tucker Davidson, a lefty from AAA Gwinnett, will fill Morton's spot in the rotation. He was 2-2 at Gwinnett with a 1.17 ERA.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 29, 2021, 11:37:01 PM
Atlanta takes a no-hitter into the eighth inning and holds on to win Game 3 2-0.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 29, 2021, 11:42:53 PM
Five Atlanta pitchers combine for the two-hitter. Tyler Matzek continues to be lights out, with postseason batters 2-44 against him.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 30, 2021, 01:39:47 PM
Tucker Davidson, a lefty from AAA Gwinnett, will fill Morton's spot in the rotation. He was 2-2 at Gwinnett with a 1.17 ERA.

Minor league success doesn't usually translate into the majors, but Davidson might be the exception.  Total optimism there, and Tucker doesn't need to be great.  Atlanta despite not have a true decent ace, is great defensively.  Rather deep.  I guess you could call it "pitching by committee"
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on October 30, 2021, 11:57:16 PM
Atlanta's bullpen takes over for the starting Dylan Lee after one third of an inning, and the bats do the rest. The Braves are one game away from winning their first World Championship since 1995.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 31, 2021, 12:03:14 AM
Not sure what the conventional wisdom was in starting Dylan Lee apart from him going 2/3 of an inning in game 2 (0 ER, 1 K) when Julio Chavez was slated at first. Good thing it worked out by the 27th out. Framber Valdez vs. Tucker Davidson for game 5.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: moneygamelover on October 31, 2021, 12:08:04 AM
Alex Anthopoulos really went all in on this 2021 season at the trade deadline and it looks like its about to pay off. I'm not sensing a 3-1 comeback from the Astros like the Cubs had in 2016. The nanosecond Swanson hit that tying home run this felt a Braves game and sure enough Soler followed it up in the very next at bat. One thing is for certain, the relevance of starting pitching has really declined, for better, for worse, or for indifferent.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on October 31, 2021, 01:12:26 PM
Yeah, I don't think Houston will pull a 2016 Cubs either, but I might change my mind if the Astros escape with a win tonight.  As mentioned, I didn't think Atlanta would get it done (early in the process before picking them to beat Houston in the World Series), but it's amazing what they've done without Acuna.  The difference between Houston and Chicago is that the latter had to win both of their last three games on the road.  Houston going back home would be huge for them.  Not automatic, but that would be a big deal.  Nonetheless, I think it's over for them tonight
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on October 31, 2021, 02:49:07 PM
Snitker says he'll use the same strategy. Use Davidson for an inning or two and then the bullpen takes over. For all I know, the Astros will pants the Braves and take their lunch money the next three games. I'll be in bed as I work ridiculously early (4 AM), but should I hear the din of people partying on highway 9 just a mile south of me, I'll know what happened.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on November 01, 2021, 12:24:26 AM
Houston forces Game 5, posting 9 mostly unanswered runs after a grand slam. The Braves will have to clinch on the road.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on November 01, 2021, 01:27:02 AM
You mean game 6. And with Fried starting game 6, there will probably be a game 7 unless Fried gets his mojo back.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on November 01, 2021, 12:53:57 PM
You mean game 6.

Yes, I do.  :P Houston's Game 6 starter hasn't been determined yet, but Dusty Baker has said it will most likely be Luis Garcia.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on November 01, 2021, 02:27:41 PM
The CBS Sports app confirms it will be Garcia.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on November 02, 2021, 12:59:55 PM
Ehire Adrianza has been given paternity leave and will be replaced on the Braves roster with Johan Camargo. Not that it will make any difference come what may tonight as they are a combined 2-14 in the postseason.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on November 02, 2021, 02:33:51 PM
With one's luck, he'll probably hit a couple HRs which could end up being the difference between winning tonight and losing to force a Game 7
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on November 02, 2021, 10:50:12 PM
Right now it's 7-0 Atlanta in the seventh with Soler and Freeman going deep. Max Fried goes 6 and was stellar.  Nobody here in Atlanta breathes easy until out no. 27 is recorded.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on November 02, 2021, 11:33:21 PM
Atlanta?  You can breathe.  After heartbreak one way or another over the past quarter century and then some, for the first time in 26 years, the Atlanta Braves have won the Fall Classic & are your 2021 World Series Champions!

The series wasn't great over all, to be honest, but there was an ounce of competition.  The Astros had their moments on offense, while Atlanta had their defensive moments, especially in Game 6.  When Atlanta turned hot offensively, it was pretty much curtains for Houston
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: PatrickRox80 on November 02, 2021, 11:33:30 PM
The Atlanta Braves are your 2021 World Champions.

Cheaters never prosper.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on November 02, 2021, 11:53:18 PM
Jorge Soler is named Series MVP.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: moneygamelover on November 03, 2021, 01:06:01 AM
Over the past 8 MLB seasons from 2014 to 2021, there has been a different champion every year. 2014 Giants, 2015 Royals, 2016 Cubs, 2017 Astros, 2018 Red Sox, 2019 Nationals, 2020 Dodgers, and 2021 Braves. Baseball has definitely had parity in recent years. 
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on November 03, 2021, 03:33:24 AM
Fast numbers: Atlanta is the first team to win the World Series  with the fewest regular season wins since 2006 (St. Louis, 83). They are also the second team to win a World Series with a losing record at the All-Star break (44-45) since the 1964 Cardinals (39-40).

Atlanta out-homered Houston, 11-2.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on November 03, 2021, 11:54:43 AM
I remember reading something similar as it relates to the parity of the NFL.  The bid difference was that it was related to the runner up (NFC sent several different teams to the Superbowl from 2001-2007, and then against from 2008-2013; 2014-2020).  Turned out there were some repeat teams over the past 20 years, but comparing it to a period where the AFC sent teams headlined by Big Ben, Peyton Manning, and Brady led to several saying that someone different came from the other league or conference.

Anyway, itís always nice to see someone like Atlanta win.  Not that I hate the Dodgers, Red Sox, Yankees, or Cubs, but I donít think Atlanta is as wealthy.  Anyway, they went and spent at the trade deadline whereas other teams would punt to the following season.  Reminded me of Kansas City over half a decade ago.  Itís nice to see someone different win it as opposed to the same team winning year after year, or every other year.

Of course, from those teams between 2014-2021, several of them were part of the Fall Classic & were close to winning more than one in the mentioned timeframe
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on November 03, 2021, 02:47:21 PM
The celebratory parade will be held Friday in Atlanta and Cobb County (northwest of Atlanta proper), where Truist Park is located.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: Ccook on November 05, 2021, 12:17:59 PM
Apparently, the Toronto Blue Jays fans are kvetching about the Braves victory. Their conventional wisdom is that the Blue Jays won three games more in the regular season (91 to Atlanta's 88) yet finishing fourth in the AL East, and Toronto won all six regular season games over Atlanta.

That's as may be, but everyone in the playoffs is 0-0 when it starts. Atlanta got hot when it counted. Toronto simply couldn't overcome the other teams down the stretch.
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on November 05, 2021, 01:25:00 PM
To be fair to Toronto, they're playing in a much more difficult division than Atlanta.  I can see why they're upset about it.  However, pretty much each season, everyone knows or should know that there isn't one big division full of 30 teams.  You need to know the structure for MLB.

That being said, it's still not Atlanta's fault or problem that Toronto couldn't win their division.  The goal in sports and other competitive activities is the win, period.  While no one's winning every game in Baseball, you need to win enough to where you qualify for the postseason (and in the NL West's case, a series off the top).  It may be tougher for one team over the other, but the writing is on the wall prior to the conclusion of the season
Title: Re: 2021 MLB Playoffs
Post by: moneygamelover on November 05, 2021, 04:07:36 PM
Assuming 10 playoff teams, I would have the 5 best records by league make the playoffs and seed them in their league strictly according to overall record. That wouldn't have affected Atlanta Atlanta vs Toronto though since Toronto is in the A.L. and Atlanta is in the N.L.