November 30, 2021 5:36 pm
LEADING OFF: Curious pitching strategy in playoffs all over

LEADING OFF: Curious pitching strategy in playoffs all over

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

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PITCHING IN

In a postseason already marked by curious pitching strategy, Julio Urias returns to his regular role in the rotation when the Los Angeles Dodgers play Atlanta in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.

Braves manager Brian Snitker said he would go with a bullpen match. He said that he wasn’t sure who would be starting after Tuesday’s 6-5 loss.

Urias was the leading major with 20 wins and pitched 32 many times as a starter. After winning Game 2 against San Francisco in the NL Division Series, Urias pitched four crucial innings of relief to win Game 5.

Urias blew a late lead for relief in Game 2 NLCS, allowing Atlanta the win. Los Angeles leads the series by 2-1 heading into this matchup in Dodger Stadium.

The 25-year-old lefty excelled as a starter and reliever in the postseason last year, helping the Dodgers win their first World Series championship since 1988.

Earlier in the month, the Dodgers’ ace Max Scherzer was made closer by the Giants, winning Game 5.

The Boston Red Sox used Nathan Eovaldi as relief on Tuesday night for the first time since 2019. He was brought in to start the ninth inning, with Houston’s score tied. He was then charged with four runs.

The Astros won 9-2 to tie the matchup at just two games each.

SWATTING STARTERS

Kyle Schwarber, Xander Bogaerts and the slugging Red Sox are making short work of opposing starting pitchers this postseason.

In nine playoff games, only one starter has pitched more than three innings against Boston. Zack Greinke, the Astros’ ace, was the latest to be beaten. He pitched just 1 1/3 innings at Fenway Park Tuesday night in Game 4 of AL Championship Series.

Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan pitched five innings against the Red Sox in the AL Division Series opener.

Boston tag Yankees star Gerrit Colley in the wild-card match to open the postseason.

The ALCS is tied at 2 games each going into Game 5 on Wednesday. Houston will be represented by

FramberValdez. During the series opener, he gave up two earned runs over 2 1/3 innings. After allowing just one run in Game 1, Chris Sale will start for the Red Sox.

DOMINANT DODGER Three month after struggling, Dodgers reliever Kenley Januarysen is back at the top of his game.

The 34-year-old right-hander has struck out 12 of the 17 batters he’s faced in the playoffs, pitching five scoreless innings in six games. Jansen is now 2-0, with one save and allowing only two hits and no walks.

After Atlanta scored four runs in the eighth, the Dodgers took the lead in Game 3 of NL Championship Series. Jansen struck out Austin Riley and Joc Pederson in order on 17 pitches. The pitch count reached a maximum of 95.2 mph when Duvall fanned with a sinker.

Jansen’s save reduced the Dodgers’ deficit down to 2-1. Jansen stated last week that he learned from the difficulties of dealing with. “I’m a more experienced pitcher now instead of being stubborn out there and just die with one pitch.”

STYLING WATCH

Astros manager Dusty Baker isn’t a fan of some of the styling that goes on among today’s players.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora was critical of Eduardo Rodriguez’s tap on his wrist Monday night with a six run lead. This mimicked the Houston’s Carlos Correa Game 1 celebration.

Correa said “it’s just the way baseball should trend, moving forward.”

Baker, a two-time All-Star during a playing career from 1968-86, said Tuesday that “I’m past an opinion.”

“Back in my day you would have been probably pushing up daisies somewhere, you know what I mean?” he said. It’s a new world. There is branding. I don’t know if there’s branding. I got a 22-year-old son. I try to be a bully, pretending that I have been there before. But, it seems like nobody really matters. What’s your opinion? It’s too late to make a difference .”

Cora stated that he was not reacting to Correa’s actions.

” It’s not about Correa doing what he did. It’s all about what we do. Cora stated that we don’t need to react to the actions of the opposition. We celebrate. We love what we do. We enjoy what we do. However, reacting to the actions of the opposition or what they do doesn’t make sense. After scoring the leadoff run in Game 4, Correa touched his wrist once more. In a 9-2 victory, he scored the winning run.

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