MLB Postseason: It’s an Astros Braves World Series on Tuesday

The New York Yankees season and hope for another championship were over when they lost in the wild card round to the Boston Red Sox, but the baseball season continued, for now, two teams. The Houston Astro clinched their berth in the World Series when they eliminated the Boston Red Sox on Friday night at MinuteMaid Park. The Dodgers beat the Braves 11-2, earning them a trip back to Truist Park in Atlanta. With the Braves ahead three games to two, the Dodgers again faced elimination last night. Game five of the series was their saving grace, but not for long as the Braves won the elimination game 4-2 and advanced to the World Series.

Game five with the Dodgers in the elimination hole yet again, they faced the Braves. Max Fried was on the mound for the Atlanta Braves. The Los Angeles Dodgers had Joe Kelly on the mound. Freddie Freeman put the Braves on the board first with a right down the middle no-doubter into the centerfield stands for the two-run lead for the Braves, whichKelly’sKelly’s night with only two-thirds of an inning. That lead held until the bottom of the second when the Dodgers scored three runs. AJ Pollock hit a solo homer followed by a two-run jack by Chris Taylor. Dodgers 3 Braves 2.

The Dodgers picked up another run. Chris Taylor managed a single to center with Pollock on with Pollock on, scoring Pollock for the Dodgers 4-2 lead. The fourth inning was scoreless for both teams. At the bottom of the fifth inning, the Dodgers scored another two runs. Freddie Freeman had a solo blast to center. That was followed by Taylor’sylor’s second home run of the game for the 6-2 Dodgers lead. The top of the sixth inning was scoreless for Atlanta Braves. With Dylan Lee pitching for Atlanta at the bottom of the sixth, Trey Turner singled, but the Dodgers failed to score. Dodgers 6 Braves 2.

. In the Braves half of the seventh with Blake Treinen, with his second inning of work for the Dodgers, put down the Braves in order. At the bottom, Chris Taylor hit his third home run of the game, a solo shot to left. Then Cody Bellinger singled to right. Matt Beaty flew out to end the inning. ButTaylor’sylor’s third homer of the game, the Dodgers led the game 7 to 2.

Corey Knebel pitched the top of the eight for the Dodgers and struck out three in a row. At the bottom, Jacob Webb on the mound, Mookie Betts singled and stole second. Trey Turner singled, scoring Betts. Corey Seager singled, moving Turner to second. Will Smith, the only Dodger starter without a hit, struck out. AJ Pollock, who got the first homer for the Dodgers, homered again to the bleachers in left-center, scoring Turner and Seager for another three runs for the Dodgers. Dodgers 11 Braves 2.

In the top of the ninth inning, with the last licks on the line for the Atlanta Braves, Kenley Jansen took the mound for the Dodgers. Ozzie Albies flew out to left. Freddie Freeman ground out to second. Austin Riley flew out to right, and the Dodgers staved off elimination and moved on to Atlanta on Saturday. The final score was the Los Angeles Dodgers 11 and the Atlanta Braves 2. The winning pitcher was Evan Phillips, and the loser was Max Fried. The series was then three games to two in favor of the Atlanta Braves.

Last night was Game Six. Ian Anderson was on the mound for the Braves and Walker Buehler for the Dodgers; just like in most of the games, the starters wouldn’t be involved in the decision. In the bottom of the first inning with Ozzie Albies on Austin Riley doubled driving in Albies for the Braves one-run lead. That lead held until the top of the fourth inning when the Dodgers finally answered. With Trea Turner on base, Cody Bellinger doubled driving him in for the score tied at one. In the bottom of the frame, the Braves again took the lead on a three run homer by Eddie Rosario making it 4-1 Atlanta Braves. Rosario’s hit set a team record for the most hits in a postseason.

The fifth inning was scoreless for both teams. With Alex Vesia on the mound for the Braves in the bottom of the sixth frame with two outs, Rosario walked. Freddie Freeman walked, the diminutive Ozzie Albies got the third walk of the inning. That was the night for Vesia. The new Dodger pitcher Blake Treinen faced Austin Riley with two outs and the bases loaded with Braves. Riley with a chance to blow the game open struck out to end the Braves threat. Atlanta 4 Los Angeles 1.

In the top of the seventh, Chris Taylor doubled. Cody Bellinger walked. AJ Pollock singled to left driving in Taylor and making it 4-2 Braves and ending Luke Jackson’s night. The new Braves pitcher was Tyler Matzek. He faced legendary Albert Pujios with two on and still no outs. Pujols struck out. Steven Sousa pinch-hitting struck out. Mookie Betts struck out to limit the Dodgers to just one run. In the bottom of the frame with Corey Knebel on the mound, Adam Duvall struck out. Joc Pederson flew out to right. Dansby Swanson singled to left. Travis d’Arnaud struck out. Braves 4 Dodgers 2.

In the eighth Matzek still on the mound struck out his fourth Dodger in a row. Trea Turner ground out to left. Will Smith ground out to left to put the Braves three outs of a World Series berth. In the bottom, Kenley Jansen on the mound, Jorge Soler doubled to left. Heredia pinch-runner. Eddie Rosario flew out center move Heredia to third. Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked. Ozzie Albies struck out. Austin Riley struck out. Braves 4 Dodgers 2.

In the ninth inning with the Braves, three outs away from a win and a trip to the World Series put closer Will Smith on the mound. Chris Taylor struck out. Cody Bellinger struck out. AJ Pollock lined out to short and the Atlanta Braves won the National League Pennant and earned a trip to the World Series in Houston on Tuesday. The final score was the Atlanta Braves 4 and the Los Angeles Dodgers 2. The winning pitcher was Tyler Matzek and the loser was Walker Buehler the save went to Will Smith. It will be the first time the Braves have gone to the World Series since 1999 when the New York Yankees swept the Atlanta Braves 4 games to none.

MLB News: Los Angeles Dodgers face elimination tonight

The New York Yankees season and hope for another championship were over when they lost in the wild card round to the Boston Red Sox, but the baseball season continues for four teams. The Tampa Bay Rays, who won the AL East during the regular season, lost to the Red Sox in the ALDS. The Red Sox went on to face the Houston Astros in the ALCS. The Astros lead the Red Sox 3 games to 2. The Dodgers beat the Giants for their trip to the NLCS, and the Braves won over the Brewers for their berth on the NL side. Tonight will be a big night for the Dodgers as they face elimination. The Braves lead the series 3-1.

Game one: Corey Knebel was on the mound for the Dodgers and Max Fried for the Braves. Both teams scored a run in the first, tying the game at one. In the second inning, both teams again scored a run tying it at two apiece, and the game remained deadlocked through the seventh inning. The top of the eighth was scoreless for the Dodgers; in the bottom, they brought in their closer Kenley Jansen to face the Braves. He did the job with a 1-2-3 inning.

In the top of the ninth inning, Will Smith took to the mound and put down the Dodgers with the game still tied at two. Ozzie Albies got a base hit into no man’s land in center in the bottom with Blake Treinen pitching. Albies stole second. Austin Riley singled to left, and Albies scored for a walk-off win for the Braves. The final score was Braves 3 Dodgers 2. winning pitcher was Will Smith loser Blake Treinen.

Game two: The second game had Ian Anderson facing the Dodgers Max Scherzer. With the managers being super careful, neither pitcher lasted long in this contest. Anderson went three innings, and Scherzer lasted 4.1. The Dodgers struck first in the first inning with two runs. Mookie Betts singled, and Corey Seager hit a two-run blast to right field. Those were the only two runs the Dodgers would score until the seventh inning. The Braves, for their part, scored two in the fourth. Then, in the bottom, with one on base, Joc Pederson hit a homer to right to tie the game at 2.

In the top of the seventh, the Dodgers loaded the basis. Chris Taylor came to bat and hit one short of the centerfielder giving the Dodgers the 4-2 lead in the game, silencing the crowd in Atlanta. But that would only be temporary because, in the bottom of the eighth, the Braves would answer with two runs of their own to tie up the game at 4. Rosario singled, Freddie Freeman flew out, Rosario tagged and just made it to second. Then, Ozzie Albies singled, scoring Rosario. Next, Austin Riley doubled driving in Albies.

At the top of the ninth, Will Smith struck out the Dodgers in order. At the bottom Brustar Graterol on the mound, Travis d’Arnaud singled, Dansby Swanson hit into a force out. Heredia ground out, moving Swanson to second. Then, Rosario faced Kenley Jansen and singled, winning it for the Braves. The final score was the Braves 5 and the Dodgers 4. The winning pitcher was Will Smith, and the loser was Brustar Graterol.

Game Three: Los Angeles hoped the confines of Dodger Stadium would be kinder to them and avoid being three games behind the Braves. Charlie Morton was on the mound for the Braves and Walker Buehler for the Dodgers. The Dodgers got on the board first with a two-run homer deep into centerfield by Corey Seager. The second and third innings remained scoreless for both teams.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Braves came alive, scoring four runs. With one on, Austin Riley doubled to the centerfield wall. Joc Pederson singled to right driving in Albies. Adam Duvall drove in Riley to tie the game at 2. Pederson was driven in as the Braves took the lead. With the bases loaded, a walk put the Braves up 4-2, and that was the game for Buehler. He was replaced by Alex Vesia, who stopped the bleeding.

In the fifth, Adam Duvall got his second RBI of the game, making it 5-2. The sixth and seventh innings were scoreless. The eight-inning was the saving grace for the Dodgers as they scored four runs giving them the six runs they would need for the win. With Luke Jackson on the mound, Cody Bellinger slammed a three-run homer to right-center, tying the game at five apiece. The Dodgers added one more run in the bottom of the eighth to put them up one run. Kenley Jansen pitched a clean top of the ninth to preserve the win for the Dodgers and give them one win against the Braves two wins in the seven-game series. The final was 6-5, the winning pitcher was Tony Gonsolin, and the loser was Luke Jackson, with the save going to Kenley Jansen.

Game Four: The Dodgers’ enthusiasm leading into game four was quelled early when the Atlanta Braves took a four-run lead early in the game. In the second, Eddie Rosario hit a solo homer to left. Then, Adam Duvall hit a back-to-back homer to center field to put the Braves up two. Next, Eddie Freeman fired a long ball to the centerfield stands in the third, tacking on another Braves run. Then Rosario tripled to right. Next, Joc Pederson singled to center with men on the corners, driving in Rosario for the Braves’ four-run lead.

In the top of the fifth, the Braves would add on another run; in the bottom. The Dodgers finally got onto the scoreboard. With two on, pinch-hitter, A.J.Pollock would drive in two runs with a single to center. But that is all the Dodgers could do against the Braves. In the ninth, the Braves scored another run, with two on; Eddie Rosario would strike again with a three-run homer to right for the convincing 9-2 Atlanta Braves win. The winning pitcher was Drew Smyly, and the loser was Julio Urias.

Game Five: Tonight, with the Dodgers in the elimination hole yet again, they will face the Braves in a 5:08 PDT, 8:08 pm EDT contest. Max Fried will be on the mound for the Atlanta Braves. The Los Angeles Dodgers have not announced a starter for the game at the time of this writing. If the Braves win tonight’s game, they will advance to the World Series against either the Red Sox or the Astros. On the other hand, if they can pull off a win, the series will move back to Atlanta for the final two games. Tonight’s game will be nationally televised on TBS.

Could Eddie Rosario fit with the New York Yankees?

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Wednesday’s 8pm MLB non-tender deadline has passed, and there were a few surprises on the list of players outrighted to free agency. One of the bigger surprises was Eddie Rosario, former Minnesota Twins outfielder. Could Rosario potentially be an outfield target for the New York Yankees?

Rosario can do a little bit of everything

An advantage of signing Rosario would be that he provides a little bit of everything. Rosario is a slightly above average hitter, batting .257 with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs in 2020. His OPS was just shy of .800 while his OPS+ was at 115.

Defensively, Rosario is solid when he’s at his primary position, left-field. He has a career 9 DRS in left, while his DRs in both right and center are negative. His career dWAR is at -1.5, anchored by poor defensive showings in 2017 and 2019.

Additionally, Rosario has a little bit of speed, totaling three stolen bases in 2020 and 39 on his career. His 2020 WAR was just shy of 1.0 while his career WAR sits just below 12.0.

The aging Brett Gardner

Yankees veteran left-fielder Brett Gardner is a free agent this off-season, and there’s a serious possibility that he won’t be back in pinstripes in 2021.

Gardner, 37, saw 2020 be the worst performing season of his career. He bat just .223 with a .747 OPS and a 108 OPS+. Gardner still provides defensive value, but his offense could be enough to turn the Yankees away.

That being said, Rosario could be a solid option to replace Gardner in left. That’s if the Yankees don’t have faith in Clint Frazier.

Frazier had a breakout 2020 season, batting .267 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs. His OPS was over .900 while his OPS+ was nearly 150. Frazier’s defense saw improvements, even being nominated as a Gold Glove award finalist.

Signing Eddie Rosario could help bolster the Yankees outfield. But first, the team needs to decide whether they are ready to give up on Gardner and Frazier.