December 6, 2021 6:41 pm
LEADING OFF: Closer to starter, Scherzer lined up for Game 1

LEADING OFF: Closer to starter, Scherzer lined up for Game 1

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:

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MAX EFFORT

Dodgers ace Max Scherzer got the last three outs in the thrilling Game 5 of the NL Divsion Series and is now lined up to throw the first pitch for Los Angeles in the NL Championship Series.

Yes with one day remaining.

“That is Scherzer being Scherzer,” teammate Cody Bellinger said.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts stated that he hopes to start Scherzer in Atlanta, even though the three-time Cy Young Award recipient earned his first professional save in a 2-1 win at San Francisco.

“He will play catch, get treated and if he feels good, he’ll start our Game 1 game,” Roberts stated. Roberts stated that his backup plan was a bullpen game with Tony Gonsolin as one of the pitchers.

Scherzer was 15-4 with a 2. 46 The ERA for Washington, Los Angeles and Washington during the regular season was 2. He’s pitched 12 1/3 innings over three appearances in the playoffs, allowing two runs and six hits with 16 strikeouts.

Max Fried (14-7, 3. 04 ERA) moved up as Atlanta’s Game 1 starter after Charlie Morton pitched on short rest in the Braves’ 5-4 clinching win over Milwaukee in the NL Division Series.

HOT THIRT Kike Hernandez continues to make the postseason his personal highlight reel by starring with his bat for Boston.

Hernandez scored two runs in Friday’s AL Championship Series opener against Houston. He also scored a double and a single. In the AL Championship Series opener, Hernandez made a great catch in centerfield with the bases loaded. He also made some outstanding defensive plays.

Hernandez is 14 for 28 this postseason with four homers and four doubles. He has 13 hits in his last four games to set an MLB record for most hits in a four-game span in one postseason — he passed Billy Hatcher (1999), Marquis Grissom (1995), Hideki Matsui (2004) and Randy Arozarena (2020), who all had 11.

“Enrique is en fuego,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.

Hernandez was a key player in the Dodgers’ win last year and he signed as a free agent with Boston. The 30-year-old made his MLB debut with Houston in 2014 when he was a late-inning sub for Jose Altuve.

” I haven’t seen any hitter so hot in the past week than Kike Hernandez,” Astros manager Dusty Baker stated.

HOME OFF THE ROAD

Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi will be making a return to his hometown when he begins Game 2 in the AL Championship Series against host Astros.

Eovaldi was born in Houston’s Alvin suburb. He visited Minute Maid Park and the Astrodome often as a child.

“It is definitely one of my favourite ballparks to pitch at,” Eovaldi stated.

Eovaldi grew up loving the Killer B’s, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio as kids and loved watching Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens pitch for the Astros in high school.

” “It was amazing to see these guys perform their jobs, even though it was near the end of their careers,” he stated.

Rookie Luis Garcia begins for the Astros. They beat Boston 5-4 on Friday night.

MISSING MCCULLERS

Astros ace Lance McCullers Jr. is off the roster for the AL Championship Series against Boston because of a strained muscle in his right arm.

“He is unable to throw the ball at this time,” Houston manager Dusty Baker stated.

Baker stated that there is no structural damage but the team wasn’t certain if McCullers will be available for the World Series.

McCullers won the AL Division Series opener against White Sox with a shutout in the seventh inning. The right-hander was unable to complete Game 4 due to what the team called “forearm tightness”.

Pitcher Jake Odorizzi was moved to McCullers’ spot after an incontinenceful first season in Houston.

NEW CUB

After their worst season since 2013, and after having lost many of their most valuable players, the Cubs hired Carter Hawkins to be their new general manager.

The 37-year-old Hawkins spent 14 seasons with Cleveland, including the last five as an assistant general manager. He was also responsible for the team’s player-development department. While Chicago has had a difficult time turning its pitchers into major league players, Cleveland has thrived.

Cubs President, Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer was looking for a general manager since his promotion to the top position almost a year back, replacing Theo Epstein. Hoyer put off the search after it was hampered by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Cubs went 71-91 this year and traded Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo in July.

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