How was your week

Posted: October 8, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The Major League Baseball wild card round started yesterday under their new three-game series format. The one thing that kind of stuck out to me yesterday was a saying that I used to hear quite a while ago and maybe you’ve heard people say it as well. “Good pitching beats good hitting” and that seemed to be the case yesterday.

The opening game was a great example of quality pitching as both Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Guardians and Shane McClanahan of the Tampa Bay Rays both pitched very well.

Bieber went 7 2/3rd innings giving up just 1 run one 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 8. McClanahan was almost as good as Bieber pitching 7 innings allowing 2 runs on 7 hits while not walking anyone and striking out 5.

In the end those were all the runs scored in the game which gave the Guardians the first win of the series 2-1 with Bieber picking up the win while McClanahan took the loss.

The second game of the day was between the Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals and it was a close game until the Phillies final at bat.

Zach Wheeler made the start for Philadelphia and didn’t allow a run in the 6 1/3rd innings he pitched. Wheeler was matched by the Cardinals starter Jose Quintana who pitched 5 1/3rd shutout innings before being removed after throwing just 75 pitches.

The Cardinals were able to take a 2-0 lead in the Bottom of the 7th inning and it was looking like that was going to be enough runs to win the game.

After two St. Louis relievers kept the Phillies scoreless the Cardinals turned to their closer Ryan Helsley, but they were asking him to get 5 outs which is where the trouble started.

In Philadelphia’s half of the 9th inning Helsley got the first out of the inning with a strikeout, but a single and two walks had the bases loaded. Helsley hit the next batter to force in the first run of the game for the Phillies and cut the Cardinals lead in half. A Jean Segura single gave the Phillies their first lead of the game at 3-2. A fielder’s choice, another single and a sacrifice fly gave the Phillies a total of 6 runs in their half of the 9th inning as they went on to win 6-3.

The next game of the day had the Seattle Mariners at the Toronto Blue Jays and sure enough there was another quality pitching performance.

Luis Castillo who was acquired by the Mariners at the trade deadline started Game 1 for Seattle and showed why it was a good pick up for Seattle. Castillo pitched 7 1/3rd scoreless innings giving up 6 hits while striking out 5. Castillo’s numbers weren’t really flashy, but he was much more dominant than his stats show.

Alex Manoah made the start for the Blue Jays and after giving up 3 1st inning runs and another run in the 5th inning before he was removed from the game he didn’t pitch terribly. You have to wonder if the situation might have gotten to Manoah as he appeared to be throwing very hard in the 1st inning.

The night wrapped up with the New York Mets hosting the San Diego Padres and what might’ve been the pitching matchup everyone was looking forward to.

The Mets where starting Max Scherzer while San Diego was countering with Yu Darvish. This matchup seemed to favor the Mets, but it didn’t turn out that way.

Darvish pitched 7 innings and only gave up 1 run on a solo home run. Darvish struck out 4 and gave up 6 hits in his 7 innings of work.

Scherzer on the other hand had an off night as he gave up 7 runs over the 4 2/3rd innings that he pitched. Scherzer struck out 4 Padres but gave up 7 hits and 4 of those hits were home runs. It was a very un-Scherzer like start and there was a lot of talk on the broadcast about him possibly being injured.

With this new three game wild card series set up there are no days off, so all of these teams are back at it again. Will have to see if any of the teams that got a win yesterday can wrap up their series today or if will get a winner take all third game in any of these series.

Today starts off with the Ray at the Guardians on ESPN 2 starting at 11:00 a.m. The second game of the day has the Mariners at the Blue Jays on ESPN starting at 3:00 p.m. The third game today has the Padres at the Mets which is also on ESPN starting at 6:30 p.m. The nightcap has the Phillies at the Cardinals on ESPN 2 starting at 7:30 p.m.

So now I turn to you. Do you have any teams closing out their series today or tonight? If you think one or more of these series will end let me know which teams or teams, you think will close out their series and move on to the division round of the playoffs.

Don’t forget to look me up on Twitter, I’m @Burketime.

  1. The only home team to win yesterday was Cleveland and I have the feeling that they’ll close out Tampa this afternoon.
    But I do think that the Mets and Cardinals will bounce back with wins today but I’m uncertain about the Seattle-Toronto game. I guess I’ll pick the home team in that one also.


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