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The Beginning of the New Good Old Days
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

PLAYOFFS / WILD CARD & FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE

My spirit roars and my hopes soar. ~ It all starts this coming Tuesday and Wednesday, October 3rd and 4th, with the two league “won or done” games for the two surviving wild card teams. Then the first round of the AL Playoffs commences on the following day, with the Astros and Red Sox squaring off again at Minute Maid Park on Thursday, October 5th in the first pitch of Round One.

Verlander vs. Sales! ~ What do those words do to the salivary glands that connect to your own passionate hunger for live eyewitness participation in baseball history?

Short of you finding you own answer to that last question, here’s a link to the master game schedule plan for the 2017  MLB Playoffs:

http://m.mlb.com/postseason-schedule

Hopefully, Mssrs. Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel can bag the Astros wins in their Thursday/Friday home openers – and then fly happily with the club, airily, of course, back to Boston for a Sunday Astros clincher at Fenway in this best 3 of 5 games ticket to Round Two. We still support Brad Peacock for the starting role in Game Three, but, as it should be, that tough call remains in the trusty hands of our capable Astros manager, Mr. A.J. Finch.

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HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE RACES NOW DECIDED

THRU GAMES PLAYED SATURDAY, 9/30/2017

CLUB W L W%   AL   NL   WS
DODGERS 103 58 .640   ~   W   W
INDIANS 101 60 .627   W   ~   2.0
ASTROS 100 61 .621   1.0   ~   3.0
NATIONALS 97 64 .602   ~   6.0   6.0

W = WINNERS BY LEAGUE AND WORLD SERIES (WS) OVERALL.

Overall Leader gets home field advantage (HFA) in World Series.

GAMES TO PLAY (NOW IRRELEVANT TO HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE):

DODGERS 1, INDIANS 1, ASTROS 1, NATIONALS 1

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HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE / FOUR SERIOUS CONTENDER SCORES

THRU SETTLEMENT GAMES PLAYED SATURDAY, 9/30/2017

RED SOX 6 – ASTROS 3

WHITE SOX 2 – INDIANS 1

PIRATES 4 – NATIONALS 1

DODGERS 5 – ROCKIES 3

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES PLAYED SATURDAY, 9/30/2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 588 204 39 4 24 .347
2 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 518 171 27 5 18 .330
3 ERIC HOSMER KC 602 191 31 1 24 .317
4 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 583 184 55 6 29 .316
NC * CARLOS CORREA HOU 422 133 25 1 24 .315
5 JOSH REDDICK HOU 477 150 34 4 13 .314
6 JOSE ABREU CWS 619 189 43 6 33 .305
7 MIKE TROUT LAA 400 122 25 3 33 .305
8 JOE MAUER MIN 522 159 35 1 7 .305
9 MARWUN GONZALEZ HOU 455 138 34 0 23 .303
10 LORENZO CAIN KC 582 175 27 5 15 .301
  OTHER ASTROS   526 156 .297
21 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 554 158 39 5 19 .285
24 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 548 155 29 0 34 .283
       

NR * LOST TIME ON THE DL HAS DEPRIVED CARLOS CORREA FROM AN OFFICIAL QUALIFYING PLACE IN THE RANKING OF TOP 40 HITTERS IN 2017.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

 

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