Welcome to the postseason!
With four games in the books, now, we have between 28 and 49 games left in the season. Even so, there’s a lot of baseball to watch before we get a chance to see the Astros back in action again (between seven and 11 games, depending on when in the day the Astros will be taking the field).
In yesterday’s Boil, I asked for your Wildcard Series predictions. In losing the first game to Texas, 4-0, Tampa Bay put the kibosh on 36 percent of your predictions, Make no mistake, even moreso than the Texas Rangers won this one, the Tampa Bay Rays lost it.
As regards the second wildcard series of the day, the Minnesota Twins defeated the Blue Jays, 3-1 to prove 12 percent of you wrong. The win was Minnesota’s first postseason victory since 2004, a span of 18 losses.
The Milwaukee vs. Arizona series, which was empirically speaking the most entertaining contest of the day, ended with the visiting Diamondbacks securing a 6-3 victory. The win for Arizona means that 33 percent of you were incorrect.
In Philadelphia, the Phillies made quick work of the Marlins, winning 4-1. Only six percent of you had Miami winning in two.
GameTime & Starting Pitchers
TX vs. TB — 3:08 PM CT: Nathan Eovaldi (12-5, 3.63) vs. Zach Eflin (16-8, 3.50)
MIN vs. TOR — 4:38 PM CT: José Berríos (11-12, 3.65) vs. Sonny Gray (8-8, 2.79)
ARI vs. MIL — 7:08 PM CT: Zac Gallen (17-9, 3.47) vs. Freddy Peralta (12-10, 3.86)
MIA vs. PHI — 8:08 PM CT: Braxton Garrett (9-7, 3.66) vs. Aaron Nola (12-9, 4.46)
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Houston Astros Birthdays
LHP Joe Thatcher (42) closed out his nine-season MLB career with the 2015 Astros, making 43 trips out of the bullpen. He was 1-3 with a 3.18 ERA over 22 2⁄3 innings, with 26 K’s, a 1.544 WHIP and a 3.00 FIP.
SS Mark McLemore (59) had a 19-season MLB career split over seven teams, including all five members of the current AL West. He played 21 games for Houston in 1991, and hit .148 with two RBI.
OF Chris James (61) spent 65 games with the 1993 Astros, hitting .256/.361/.534 with seven home runs and 19 RBI.
OF Billy Hatcher (63), who in my brain has always been exclusively an Astro, spent 10 major league seasons between seven teams. He played in 521 games for Houston between 1986 and 1989, hitting .266/.318/.366 with 27 jacks, 195 RBI, and 145 stolen bases.
RHP Joe Boever (63) appeared in an MLB-leading 81 games in 1992 for the Astros. In 111 1⁄3 innings of exclusively relief pitching, Boever was 3-6 with a 2.51 ERA and 67 strikeouts.
RHP Don Bradey (89) pitched in three games for the Houston Colt .45s in 1964, and allowed seven runs in 2 1⁄3 innings. My man had a 3.857 career WHIP.
Which member of the Houston rotation did you most regularly look forward to watching this year? Not your favorite, not the best, not even the most improved. Simply, which of them gave you the most confidence before even throwing a pitch? (minimum 10 GS)
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