ARIZONA SWEEPS: The rest seemed to help the team from the desert, and after starting the series with a 10-0 victory they never really lost their stride…the Brew Crew made a run of it in game 3, and took a 3-2 game into the 7th, but nobody scored after that point as 3 relievers pitched 2 innings of perfect ball, and Arizona rolled out their bats with an 8-1 season clincher the next day. Chris Zewiske has been calling the shots for the Brewers since 2002, and has finished in positive WOR territory each of the past 3 years…four times he’s been in the leaders in the WOR category…his lifetime record is +48.5 WOR, which tells me the Brewers would do better if they just hired him to make personnel decisions….your wildcard run this year was a bunch of fun, Chris, and it’s great having you in the league!
WASHINGTON IN FOUR: The Nats won the first game 6-5, which was actually their lowest offensive output of the series. After that they scored 26 runs in 3 games and never looked back….in the 8-5 series clincher, the top 4 hitters had 11 hits and the bottom 5 had 1, so they looked like a team that knew how to bunch the hits….Gordon Leckie navigated the Cubs to a hugely successful season and took the division title while besting the very successful actual Cubbies by a game, and fended off some wildcard challengers to hold the title…he’s been in the league since 2004, most of the time with Detroit, and he’s been in positive WOR territory each of the last 4 years, and this is his 10th playoff appearance. You’re an ASFBL fixture, Gordon.
HOUSTON IS A FOOTBALL TOWN: They never scored less than a touchdown with their lowest run output at 8 runs, and three times scores 14 points…Detroit did get shut out but scored 4, 6, and 8 runs, they just seemed gassed from the wildcard round…Ben Leckie (the youngest member of the Leckie family to see the playoffs this year) has the best birthright in the ASFBL…he’s been in the league since 2014 and never finished in WOR territory…this is his first year in the AL and he was +24 WOR and first in the league…and all that despite having made trades that added Mets to his team…here’s to many more ASFBL campaigns, Ben!
EPIC 7-GAME SERIES GOES TO BALTIMORE: Baltimore won the first 2 games, scoring 8 runs each time…Cleveland took the next 2, taking each game by at least 3 runs…Baltimore then went up 3-2 with a 9-4 victory…the big showdown was in game 6…with their backs to the wall, the Indians won a 4-3 contest that went into the 10th inning…Miller pitched the last 1 and 2/3rds…hitless, scoreless, 3 Ks…Baltimore sealed the deal with 3 homers and 11 runs in the 7th game, stealing the series on the road….the only 2 Orioles without a hit were Giancarlo Stanton and Chris Davis…Steve Skrovan is a lifetime Indians fan more than stathead, but he really knows the personnel well…he’s coming off of two 90+ win seasons and consecutive playoff appearances….and enjoys the blessing and curse of an actual team that is among the streakiest in recent memory…he is truly an A+ guy who works on a broad scale to make the world at large a better place, and it’s great to stay in touch with him through the league.
LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES: Houston keeps holding it’s advantage in the AL as the Orioles see if they can pull off another upset…the Washington/Arizona locomotive collision that’s been building all year is about to impact, and the first result will produce the first post-season loss for either team…I’ll ask the owners to get in their lineups by Wednesday and confirm with Leo when they are ready to go….good luck to Mark, Jim, Andy, and Rick!