Playoff box scores can be found by going to the standings page and clicking on the playoff boxscores.
Boston in 4: Detroit couldn’t get their bats uncorked until game 3 when they put up 6 runs, but unfortunately that was the day that Boston broke out for 12 runs. Bosox pitching limited the Tigers to a total of 3 runs in the other 3 games. Great year for Gordon Leckie, who won the sprint to take one of the most entertaining divisional races of the season.
Texas sweeps: Texas scored 5 or more in each of the first 3 games. They were held to 3 in the final match, but Bucholtz, Bell and Salas combined to spread 10 hits over 9 innings and limit the Yanks to 1. Great run for Michael G., who always keeps the Yankees at the top of the heap.
The ALCS features the matchup of the 106-win monsters. Toni Bernacchi has led the Bosox to 4 straight years of 91 wins or more, and he’s back in the LCS for the first time since taking the A’s there in 2005. Rick Wynne has his Rangers in the playoffs, as he has had every team he’s managed in the playoffs since 2001. It’s been 10 diferent teams (he made it with Cleveland twice), and an interesting footnote is that he’s taking his crack at the ALCS after making the NLCS last year.
Since they tied the season series 5-5, home field was determined by a coin toss. My 3-year-old threw the quarter for the Bosox.
NL going the distance
The Dodgers won the first game to take an early lead, and tied the series up at 4 on October 11, but had their bats shut down in the last 2 games 6-0 and 5-1. Carpenter pitched a complete game in the 6th series iteration and Holliday knocked in 4 runs. Chuck Ballingall took a team that was a real-life disaster and not only posted a positive WOR but also took them to the playoffs and won a series. It’s his 4th playoff appearance since 2006 and as a Dodger loyalist has seen his team through thick and thin.
San Fran and Philly had the only 7-game series, and traded off every game with SF winning games 1, 3, 5, and 7. In the decisive game 7 Bumgarner and Romo, two actual Giants, held the Phillies to 1 run and Seth Smith’s 2-run HR provided all the necessary offense. Danny Wildes has had 2 playoff appearances in the past 3 years and got his team to the same round as their high-payroll reality equivalents.
The Giants and Cardinals had the 2 best records in the league. Jim Casey is working his annual magic with the Giants, and has posted 3 straight 100+ win seasons with them. He’s made the playoffs 3 straight years after making it only 2 times in his first 10 seasons with the Cubs, Indians, and Blue Jays. Leo has been in the playoffs every year since 2004, and took the Cardinals there the last 2 times he had the club, in 2006 and 2007.
LCS games will start on fantasy date 10/19, and lineups are due by Wednesday. Good luck to our final four!