If you havenít already, grab yourself a cup of coffee and settle in to read Magpieís thorough and excellent Blue Jays report card. Once youíve relived the 2019 Jays season once again, itís time to turn your attention to the thrill of playoff baseball.
Old friend Daniel Hudson earned the save as Washington advanced to play the Dodgers after a thrilling 8th inning that culminated in a bloop Ryan Zimmerman pinch-hit single, a well-earned Anthony Rendon walk and a clutch hit from 20-year-old Juan Soto, that was compounded by an aggressively terrible fielding play by Trent Grisham, who was only playing due to Christian Yelichís injury.
Nerd Power legend and old friend Eric Sogard didnít make Tampa Bayís Wild Card roster due, likely, in part to a combination of Oakland stacking up on left-handed pitchers and Sogardís injury issues at the end of September. Hopefully tonightís game lives up to the excitement of last nightís.
Tomorrow the playoffs kick into full gear with the Cardinals and Braves starting their LDS series before the Nationals try to end their LDS losing streak against Cody Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers. I suspect Bellinger wonít be platooned by Dave Roberts in this yearís playoffs.
If that isnít enough, Friday is the annual day of wall-to-wall playoff baseball with all eight playoff teams in action that day.
Who are you rooting for in this yearís playoffs? Which World Series matchup do you most want to see? Who will be this yearís October hero?