What a day for sports, huh? Four baseball games and one pretty entertaining fourth quarter of Monday Night Football. Throw in the coaching whirlwind at the NCAA’s USCs and it was the day sports enthusiasts live to see.
21 home runs. That’s more than five home runs a game. It is the highest single day total in postseason history, crushing the old record of 15 set on October 3rd, 1995, i.e. the dawn of the Steroid Era. Single team records were set for home runs as well as runs scored and home runs by players under the age of 26.
(My brother recorded this. Don’t just watch Anthony Rizzo‘s moon shot, watch Starlin Castro behind him. Classic.)
The most exciting aspect of yesterday’s unofficial MLB Postseason Home Run Derby was that it was a youth rebellion in full force. The two teams which the Wayniac Nation projected to be in the World Series at the onset of the MLB Postseason led the way, as the Chicago Cubs blasted SIX home runs and the Houston Astros nailed four. NL Rookie of the Year candidates Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber (who may be my favorite player in baseball that doesn’t wear pinstripes) joined Jorge Soler as the Cubs rookies to crush home runs, while AL Rookie of the Year front runner Carlos Correa cranked two of his own out of the yard.
All in all, the breakdown was:
- Cubbies — six home runs
- Astros — four home runs
- Blue Jays — three home runs
- Mets, Cardinals, and Royals — two home runs
- Dodgers — one home run
Where are the mighty Texas Rangers, aside from blowing a two game lead and now facing elimination against the Blue Jays? It’s surprising that a lineup with future Hall of Famer (or is he?) Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder, and Mitch Moreland in the heart of the order were stymied by ageless knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and the run-allowing playoff machine of David Price on their home field. But alas, 21 homers were hit yesterday, and the Rangers contributed zero. Maybe they were saving it as they head back to the home run-friendly confines of the Rogers Centre.
However you want to look at it, the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets have the opportunity to advance to the NLCS tonight. It would be a fantastic NLCS as MLB’s best young bats square off against one of the MLB’s best young rotations. You can’t make this stuff up, there is nothing better than the MLB in October.
We are in for a real treat in the American League as we get two game fives tomorrow. What a first round of playoffs it has already been!
The Astros were embarrassed on their home turf yesterday, as their bullpen imploded allowing five runs in the tide turning eight inning. The Kansas City Royals are the defending AL champions for a reason. They don’t quit. This Royals roster never has and never will. But I still like the spark that the Astros play with, and I simply don’t think the road is coming to an end for them tomorrow night.
We aren’t even in the League Championship Series yet and we have been treated to exciting and highly controversial baseball in these MLB Playoffs. If you aren’t on the edge of your seats awaiting today’s games, in which two of baseball’s up and coming powerhouses can knock of two of baseball’s all-time greatest franchises, well, then you simply aren’t a baseball fan!