Texas Rangers vs Toronto Blue Jays
(Series tied 2-2)
Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals
(Series tied 2-2)
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
(Cubs Lead Series 2-1, can clinch tonight at home)
New York Mets vs Los Angeles Dodgers
(Mets Lead Series 2-1, can clinch tonight)
So while the NL could wrap this round up tonight, and AL will most certainly wrap this round up tomorrow, here are some things you should know before you go: The MLB Postseason Edition.
As we all know, the Cubs are cursed. I have a full post about the last time the Cubs last won the World Series, and the "Curse of the Billy Goat" that I think you should read if you want the full scoop. They haven't won a National League Pennant since the Billy Goat incident, and haven't won a World Series since 1908.
Do you want something cool to tell your friends that I bet they won't know? Do you think a movie can predict the future? Well, in the move Back to the Future 2, Marty McFly reads a copy of the USA Today with the headline, "Cubs Sweep Series in 5."
Before everyone gets too excited, the movie says that the Cubs sweep "Miami." Unfortunately, Miami is an NL team, making it impossible they'd face each other in the World Series. It also says the date is October 22, 2015. The World Series won't even start this year until the 27th.
Those minor details aside, the Cubbies are still very much alive. Will Back to the Future be correct in their prediction? Hey, I'd throw a few dollars down on the idea!
But as you know, I'm also a bandwagon Cubs fan.
Here is a statistics for you:
Teams that win the first two games in a best of 5 series, go on to win that series 93% of the time.
My Texas Rangers won the first two games in the series.
Just thought you should know that important information.
In baseball, there really aren't many rules on sliding into a base in a manor that will disrupt a double play. For example, when a ground ball is hit to the shortstop, he'll toss it to the fielder at second base. The runner that is running from first to second will do what he can to make it so the second baseman can't get the runner out at first. This can include sliding, and sometimes sweeping the fielder off his feet.
On Saturday, the Dodgers' Chase Utley broke Mets Shortstop Ruben Tejada's leg on a dirty slide into second base. I won't post the video here, because I don't do well with legs that are not bending in the proper direction, but if you want to see it go here.
Utley was suspended two games for the slide. He appealed, and is able to continue to play in the series until the appeal goes through. Many consider the slide to have been a turning point in the game, as it allowed a runner to score from third.
Did you see the slide? What do you think? Dirty or just part of the game of baseball?
Back to the Cubs again, because they were on fire last night. They made history last night when they became the first team to ever hit 6 home runs in a post season game. I should also mention that SIX DIFFERENT PLAYERS hit those home runs. Even crazier? It was batters 1-2-3-4-5-6 in the lineup. Yowza.
As a reminder, the Cubs can win the series tonight, which would mark the first time in post season history for the Cubs to win a playoff series at Wrigley.
Also, in the event that I'm not drinking enough of the Cubbies Kool-aid already, their GM is Theo Epstein. Epstein was the GM for the Red Sox when they broke the 86 year long Curse of the Bambino, and won the World Series in 2004.
Facts are facts, people. Should tragedy strike for the Rangers (I pray it doesn't, seeing as we've NEVER won a World Series), there's a strong chance you'll see me digging through my closet to find that Cubs jersey I bought back in 2008.
I'm saving the best for last. I think this is the coolest thing ever, and I'm only minorly embarrassed by how cool I think this simple thing is. When you tweet your team's official hashtag, twitter automatically ads an emoji to the end of the hashtag. Mind blown. Way to go 2015.
Below are each team's official hashtags. Check out my original tweet to view the emoji -- blogger won't show it for some reason... lame!
MLB #Postseason Tags: #WorldSeries #NeverEverQuit #TakeTheCrown #HustleTown #ComeTogether #LGM #LALovesOctober #12inSTL #FlyTheW— Sarah Webb (@iamsarahwebb) October 13, 2015
So, of the 8 that remain, what team are you rooting for to bring home the Commissioner's Trophy with a World Series victory in 2015?