Game in progress and not tied anymore.
It’s opening night of the 114th World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. Two teams with the top payrolls in baseball representing two of the top nine media markets in the country. Two teams with long, storied histories. West Coast cool versus East Coast angst. One would think that the Dodgers would have a better history in the World series but even though both teams have participated in 12 World Series each, the Dodgers are 6-6 versus the Red Sox overall 8-4 World Series record. Dodgers haven’t won a World Series since 1988, Red Sox 2013. The teams have met once in the Worlds Series -- 102 years ago as Babe Ruth's Boston Red Sox took down the then Brooklyn Robins (and their offensive star Casey Stengel) 4 games to 1.
Clayton Kershaw v. Chris Sale so it should be quite the pitcher’s duel. First pitch scheduled for 7:09p from Fenway on Fox TV.
Much excitement! Such bats! Many ball!
LA and Houston can close out their series while the East Coast teams are tied at one.
Twins at Red Sox.
So long Ed Escobar. May you hit 100 doubles in the desert.
We are down to 1 Ed! now and that is sad.
Boston is a good team vs. this is how we baseball ...
Anyone want to hazard a guess on the over/under this is the final Gibson start for the hometown 9?
At least we should see another half-dozen Mauer doubles off the Green Monster this weekend.
The Boston Red Sox come into Target Field for their annual sojourn to Minneapolis. After a blistering hot start, Boston find themselves in a virtual tie for first in the AL East with the Yankees. Given that they are 25 games over .500, I think it’s pretty safe to assume that either the Red Sox or Yankees will be one of the two AL Wild Card teams this fall.
Jose Berrios on the mound for the Twins and he’s been lights out again recently. Chris Sale for the Sox and has put up some good numbers. But it’s the Boston bats that the Twins need to worry about as the Red Sox lead the league in Slugging and among the league leaders in OPS, OPS+ and runs scored (5.08 runs per game). Oh and former Twin, and decent dude, Eddy Nunez playing second in place of the injured Dustin Pedroia.
Rain should let up by the 7:10p first pitch and given that Sales and Berrios work fast, it could be quick game.
No, really. You can go home now.
HOU @ BOS: Morton vs. Porcello (HOU up 2-1)
WAS @ CHC: Scherzer vs. Quintana (series tied 1-1)
CLE @ NYY: Bauer vs. Severino (CLE up 2-1)
LA @ ARI: Darvish vs. Greinke (LA up 2-0)
Lots and lots of high quality pitchers. I'll bet a couple of them even go 5 innings.
Wide-eyed Rookie v. Reigning Cy Young Award winner
Mejia v. Porcello.
Let's hope last night's defensive lapses and poor decision-making on the base paths were simply an aberration due to the wet conditions and localized lightning strikes.
Let's hope the bullpen continues to pitch
Let's also hope that the boys bring their bats and see the early-June 2017 (5.00 ERA) Porcello because last night, they sorta made Drew Pomeranz look like circa-2016 Porcello.
Finally, let's also hope that the young "core" of Polanco, Kepler & Sanó can get their mojo back, who after good-to-great months of April & May are respectively slashing .231/.273/.308, .217/.244/.349 and .239/.309/.466 for June.
Hector Santiago back on the mound for the Twins as they try to even the series against the Red Sox. Drew Pomeranz for the Red Hosers.
I thought this was an interesting statistic from the Twin's David Morse:
In games since 1961, the Twins and Red Sox are all square: 307-307. Twins at home: 177-130; Red Sox at home: 177-130.
So today is the rubber match! 6:10 opening pitch.