Written by: The Dark Knight of Sports LaShawn Encarnacion
With the exception of the playoff veteran’s, the St. Louis Cardinals, ALL other playoff teams have lost at least one home game in the postseason. In the Wild Card play-in game BOTH the Yankees and Pirates lost to their opponents, the Astros and Cubs.
The team from Arlington, Texas, the Texas Rangers, managed to take TWO on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays as they head back to the Lone Star State to potentially close out the series. With momentum on their side, the Rangers seem to be dominating the series and savvy plays like this one Rangers fans would not mind either (video courtesy of MLB.com/stats101):
In the other ALDS series, between the Houston Astros and the defending American League Champion Kansas City Royals, the Astros managed to shock the heavily-favorites Royals, even after a couple of hour rain delay in Kansas City. However, what got the Royals to the World Series last season, reared its head once again last night as the Royals came back to win game two in extra innings 5-4 to avoid the same fate that stares at the Toronto Blue Jays, the dreaded 2-0 deficit heading back to their opponent’s field. So tied 1-1 heading to Houston, the Royals of yester-year look like their old selves, which could very well spell trouble for the rest of the field. But these Astros are not the National League Astros who would just cave in.
Heading over the National League and Game 1 between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers, it was to be expected that Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw would break his postseason slump and it looked to be happening with 11 strikeouts over 6 and two-thirds innings. But the Mets starter Jacob deGrom did Kershaw one better, tied Dodger legend Tom Seaver with 13 strikeouts in a postseason game and the Mets come out of Chavez Ravine with the game one victory 3-1. The key to this game was when Mattingly decided to pull Kershaw out of the game. That was when a familiar face of the New York Mets reminded those back in Gotham City, WHY he is the face, the franchise of the Mets (video courtesy of MLB.com):
So that brings up an interesting question, “What does home-field even mean in the world of baseball?” Out of every series that has been played to this point, only ONE team has served home cooking in their house to their opponents, and it is no surprise it is the veteran St. Louis Cardinals. Every other match-up has already had the home team losing at least once, with the Toronto Blue Jays losing BOTH game sat home. will this trend continue into the Championship Series and World Series. Only time will tell but one thing is for sure, the MLB playoffs are getting exciting because of this phenomenon.
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