Last night had a little bit of everything: early inning fireworks, starting pitchers chased, and a raucous playoff environment, until it somewhat devolved as it became fairly clear the Yankees bullpen was going to be too overwhelming for the Twins to overcome.
For their troubles, the Yankees now get the privilege of facing the defending AL Champion Indians, who also just happen to be one of the hottest teams leading up to the playoffs.
Tonight, the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks will get the opportunity to play a win or go home game for the NL Wild Card. The winner will face another, at-one-time seemingly historic LA Dodgers team in the Divisional round.
Zack Greinke is seemingly the headliner here. He’s no stranger to big playoff moments (nine playoff starts) and owns a 3.55 ERA in the postseason. In 2017, Greinke bounced back from a decidedly non-Greinke like 2016, where he posted his worst ERA since all the way back in 2005, when he was just a pup. This year, he’s back to striking out 9.5 per 9 (his best since 2011) while posting a regular season ERA of 3.20 through a whopping 202 IP. The 3.20 ERA isn’t the best number of his career, but when you consider the run environment in 2017 compared to recent years coupled with the fact that he now plays in the dry, thin Arizona air... it’s one of his most impressive seasons to date.
On the opposite side, Jon Gray is stud in his own right. He’s currently on a 13 game streak where he’s held opposing teams to three runs or less. Gray missed much of the first part of the season with a stress fracture in his foot. He went from April 13th until June 30th without throwing a major league pitch. However, in the aforementioned 13 games (a good chunk of his presumably healthy season), he owns a 2.64 ERA, striking out 80 to only 16 walks.
Charlie Scrabbles already told you who to root for from here on out, so you know what to do. But I think we’ll be treated to a good old good one tonight, so at the very least, tune in and join us.
Party at Wick’s tent if Colorado wins.
|COLORADO ROCKIES||ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS|
|Charlie Blackmon - CF||David Peralta - LF|
|DJ LeMahieu - 2B||Ketel Marte - SS|
|Carlos Gonzalez - RF||Paul Goldschmidt - 1B|
|Nolan Arenado - 3B||J.D. Martinez - RF|
|Trevor Story - SS||Jake Lamb - 3B|
|Gerardo Parra - LF||A.J. Pollock - CF|
|Mark Reynolds - 1B||Daniel Descalso - 2B|
|Jonathan Lucroy - C||Jeff Mathis - C|
|Jon Gray - RHP||Zack Greinke - RHP|