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GDT: Championship Series edition

Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Do one of these teams have to win? Houston and Boston. Los Angeles and Atlanta. Lots of Rays connections. No Rays. Something that a lot of folks miss (that Emma nails perfectly):The Rays Way is not being cheap. That’s Stu’s way (based on some actual imbalance in revenue structure around MLB markets)The Rays Way is innovation, player development, and full roster contributions https://t.co/kVYCPOouSq— Darby Robinson (@darby_robinson) October 15, 2021 Who you got?

Pinstripe Alley

MLB Playoff Roundup: October 15th

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ The Astros take Game 1 of the ALCS. Four teams are left standing. The only intruder in comparison with last year’s League Championship Series is the Red Sox, who defeated the Rays in a four-game Division Series, preventing a repeat of all four contestants. Here’s the coverage of the LCS. What happened last night? ALCS Game 1 Boston Red Sox, 3 Houston Astros 4 (HOU leads series 1-0) Framber Valdez and Chris Sale were the starters, but neither was able to pitch three full innings. Both struggled mightily to get outs and left the...

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Rays discussed trading a centerfielder to New York at the trade deadline

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ This revelation is courtesy of the NY Post. As the dust from the season begins to settle in the AL East, there will start to be interesting tidbits that went unpublished that will finally be revealed. Today we got one such instance from the NY Post, courtesy of Joel Sherman. In discussing possible trade destinations for Joey Gallo, who has one year left on his rookie contract that should pay him approximately $10 million next season, Sherman first highlighted a team that had interest in him at the trade deadline: the Tampa Bay Rays. It should...

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Position by Position Breakdown: Astros or Red Sox?

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ In what could be a close race in the ALCS, here’s your positional breakdown hours before Game 1. After defeating the White Sox 3-1 in the Division Series, the Astros are set to host the Red Sox on Friday to begin the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park. The winning teams of three of the last eight World Series collide in a best-of-seven scenario. While Houston had no trouble beating Chicago, Boston built some momentum with three exciting games to leave the Rays behind. These are two pretty balanced teams that have...

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White Sox Minor League Update: October 15, 2021

Caleb Freeman was one of two Sox pitching prospects to toss a scoreless inning on Friday | Texas Tech Athletics A single, a walk, and two scoreless innings: Sox prospects perform adequately as the D-Dogs fall 4-3 Box score link The Scottsdale Scorpions and Glendale Desert Dogs battled back and forth on Friday afternoon, but thanks to a three-run bomb in the seventh off the bat of Rays prospect Curtis Mead, the Dogs ended up muzzled 4-3. Sox pitching prospect McKinley Moore made his AFL debut and while it went off to a shaky...

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A Cubs fan’s guide to the 2021 American League Championship Series

Rafael Devers celebrates with Kyle Schwarber after a three-run home run during Game 4 | Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via The Red Sox and Astros will begin a best-of-seven series tonight in Houston The Red Sox surprised a lot of people by handily dispatching of the Tampa Bay Rays in four games and the Astros elite offense proved too much for the White Sox pitching which set up an American League Championship Series that promises to score a lot of runs over the next week or so. I can already see a handful of readers rolling their eyes and I won’t name...

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Red Sox Vs. Astros Game 1 Lineups: Alex Verdugo Stays In Against Lefty

The Boston Red Sox aren’t messing with much Friday night in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Boston’s offense was relentless over the final three games of the Red Sox’s AL Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, and thus manager Alex Cora will deploy […] The post Red Sox Vs. Astros Game 1 Lineups: Alex Verdugo Stays In Against Lefty appeared first on NESN.com.

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ALCS Game 1 Thread. Oct 15, 2021, 7:07 CDT. Red Sox @ Astros

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports On the the Championship! Game 1 of the 2021 ALCS, the fifth straight trip for the Astros. They've won 2 and lost 2, and tonight they face their nemesis in the 2019 affair, the Boston Red Sox. The RedSox came in as overwhelming favorites in 2019, having the best record in baseball that year, but this year the Sox take a different road, getting in via the Wild Card, beating the Yankees and then the Rays. With Lance McCullers out for this series, the Astros send Frmaber Valdez to the mound to face an experienced opponent, Chris Sale. For more...

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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 10/14/21

Woulda been fun to see Buster at Yankee Stadium, huh? Oh well. | Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/ The possible Game of the Season is on the horizon tonight in Dodgers vs. Giants. So, no baseball yesterday! That was dumb. I suppose blame the Rays and White Sox for not putting up enough of a fight against the Red Sox and Astros. It’s not like I need an extra excuse to grumble about the Rays. But hey, it’s still kind of funny in retrospect that the 100-win division champion could only win one more game in the playoffs than the ever-so-underwhelming 2021 Yankees....

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J.D. Martinez Gives Update On Injured Ankle Before Red Sox-Astros ALCS

J.D. Martinez powered through an ankle injury in the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays after missing the Boston Red Sox’s AL Wild Card Game win over the New York Yankees. Now, as the Red Sox prepare to face the Houston Astros in the AL Championship Series with a trip to the […] The post J.D. Martinez Gives Update On Injured Ankle Before Red Sox-Astros ALCS appeared first on NESN.com.

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Red Sox ride home run laundry cart to ALCS against Astros

It was the middle of the pandemic, the Boston Red Sox stunk, and with major league ballparks empty in 2020, they couldn't even count on the crowd to get them going. During one especially humdrum road game at the Rays Tropicana Field, coach Jason Varitek suggested they needed to put some fun back into the game.

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This Feedback On Chris Sale Was Music To Alex Cora’s Ears

Chris Sale presented cause for concern the last time he took the mound. Sale surrendered five earned runs on four hits with one walk over just one inning of work against the Rays at Tropicana Field last Friday. It proved to be the only appearance the southpaw made in the Boston-Tampa Bay American League Division […] The post This Feedback On Chris Sale Was Music To Alex Cora’s Ears appeared first on NESN.com.

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Four things to take away from previous Houston matchups this season

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ Reading far too much into small samples. The Red Sox punched their ticket to the ALCS on Monday thanks to a big win at Fenway to knock off the Rays, and on Tuesday they found out they’d be playing. After a convincing 10-1 win in their own Game Four in Chicago, the Astros punched yet another ticket to the ALCS, their fifth straight appearance in the game. We know you can’t learn too much over small samples in baseball, and especially from the first half when we’re in the postseason, but we’re going to try anyway. Boston and Houston faced...

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Chaim Bloom Explains ‘Out-Of-Body Experience’ Celebrating With Red Sox

After the Boston Red Sox took down the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series on Monday night, there were several people who were viable candidates to receive the lineup card. Nate Eovaldi was awarded the card after his performance in the AL Wild Card Game against the New York Yankees that helped […] The post Chaim Bloom Explains ‘Out-Of-Body Experience’ Celebrating With Red Sox appeared first on NESN.com.

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Kyle Schwarber Not Surprised By Electric ALDS From Kiké Hernández

Kiké Hernández and Kyle Schwarber have been invaluable additions to the Red Sox this season. Throughout Boston’s playoff push, the duo has lit up its offense and provided one clutch moment after another. Most recently, Hernández delivered a walk-off in the ninth inning to help the Red Sox defeat the Tampa Bay Rays in Game […] The post Kyle Schwarber Not Surprised By Electric ALDS From Kiké Hernández appeared first on NESN.com.

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This year’s MLB postseason games are dragging

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports It’s partly the extra commercials — but not entirely. If you think this year’s MLB postseason games are running longer than ever, you’re not wrong. There have been 17 nine-inning postseason games so far this month (I’ve excluded the 13-inning Rays/Red Sox Game 3 from this calcuation). The average length of the 17 games thus far is 3:40. Now, there’s a caveat. In the postseason, games have an extra 50 seconds of commercials per inning, 2 minutes 55 seconds, up from 2:05 for a regular season game. Just two of the 17 games required...

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Wednesday Rockpile: A fantasy trade suggestion for the Rockies

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Colorado Rockies news and links for Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 As I watched Kiké Hernández hit a sac fly to score Danny Santana and send the Boston Red Sox to the ALCS, a couple of things crossed my mind. Some were related to how good the series had been up to that point, even with no starting pitching to speak of. Some had to do with wondering why in the world had the Rays decided to pitch to the hottest hitter on either team instead of setting up a force at home and/or a potential double play. Somewhere around those thoughts, a trade idea...

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The Cubs are reportedly hiring Carter Hawkins as their new GM

Photo by @WillByington / www.willbyington.com This is a bit of a surprise, if true. Late last week, four finalists for the job of Cubs general manager were reported, and I posed the question to you: Which would you choose of these four? Carlos Rodriguez, Rays vice president of player development and international scouting Carter Hawkins, Cleveland assistant general manager James Harris, Cleveland vice president of player development Jeremy Zoll, Twins assistant general manager The overwhelming majority of voters in the poll at that link — 88 percent — chose...

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Here’s What Surprised Kevin Cash About Red Sox’s ALDS Win Over Rays

The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays played each other 19 times during the regular season, making it difficult for the American League East rivals to keep secrets from each other. One facet of the game stood out to Kevin Cash, however, when the Rays manager was asked Monday night after Boston’s 6-5, walk-off […] The post Here’s What Surprised Kevin Cash About Red Sox’s ALDS Win Over Rays appeared first on NESN.com.

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The top performances of the Rays 2021 postseason

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports The Rays postseason came to an abrupt end last night, as the American League’s top seeded team fell to the Red Sox in back-to-back walk off losses. It hurts, and it’s going to for a while. Many players the Rays depended on in the regular season — Brandon Lowe, Mike Zunino, Nelson Cruz, Drew Rasmussen, Collin McHugh, and Shane McClanahan, among others — struggled in various capacities. But it wasn’t all poor performances. Across the four games of the ALDS, several Rays players also rose to meet the moment. Here’s our top...

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Alex Verdugo, Red Sox Were Motivated By These ‘Jabs’ From Rays

The Red Sox likely didn’t need any added motivation for their American League Division Series against the Rays, but they received it. Boston completed an upset Monday night, eliminating Tampa Bay from the 2021 Major League Baseball playoffs and advancing to the AL Championship Series in the process. During an interview with MLB Network after […] The post Alex Verdugo, Red Sox Were Motivated By These ‘Jabs’ From Rays appeared first on NESN.com.

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How Inactive José Iglesias Helped Red Sox Win ALDS Game 4 Over Rays

Just because José Iglesias isn’t taking the field for the Red Sox in these playoffs doesn’t mean he isn’t still contributing to the ballclub. Iglesias, who’s ineligible for postseason play since he joined Boston after Sept. 1, is finding ways to make an impact for the Red Sox on the bench and in the clubhouse. […] The post How Inactive José Iglesias Helped Red Sox Win ALDS Game 4 Over Rays appeared first on NESN.com.

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VA Hero Of The Week | Kiké Hernandez

Kiké Hernandez helped the Red Sox eliminate the Rays from the playoffs and send the Sox to the American League Championship Series. For that reason, we’re naming him our VA Hero of the Week. Hernandez’s walk-off sacrifice fly sealed the deal for Boston and topped off a three-game stretch where he was locked in at […] The post VA Hero Of The Week | Kiké Hernandez appeared first on NESN.com.

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MLB Odds: Examining Red Sox Outlook After Astros Clinch ALCS Trip

The Boston Red Sox already defied the odds by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays to earn a spot in the American League Championship Series. But now that the Houston Astros defeated the Chicago White Sox to punch their ticket to the ALCS, Boston is the underdog in the fight yet again. DraftKings Sportsbook has the […] The post MLB Odds: Examining Red Sox Outlook After Astros Clinch ALCS Trip appeared first on NESN.com.

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Red Reposter - Offseason questions, offseason blues

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB via Tuesday links! The Tampa Bay Rays have been slimer’d by the Boston Red Sox in one tussle on the American League side, assuring us all that Boston will still have a chance to win their 4th World Series title in recent memory. So, too, is that chance alive for the San Francisco Giants in the National League, as they lead the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 in their NLDS grudge match. Boston, the Dodgers, the Giants, the Houston Astros...all big spenders, the lot. Heck, even Atlanta spent some $144 million on their payroll this year, a full $12...

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LDS Tuesday open thread

Photo by Ron Vesely/ We could see some more teams moving on today. One League Divisional Series has concluded with the Red Sox finishing off the Rays, could we see a few more end today? There are three games on slate, starting with the Astros and White Sox, where there are already accusations of sign stealing. Lance McCullers takes on Carlos Rodon on FS1. Astros ALDS Game 4 lineup:Altuve 2BBrantley LFBregman 3BAlvarez DHCorrea SSGurriel 1BTucker RFMeyers CFMaldonado CMcCullers Jr. RHP— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) October 12, 2021 Game 4.Guaranteed Rate...

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Why Alex Cora Credited ‘Instagram’ After Red Sox Punched Ticket To ALCS

Alex Cora made it a point Monday night to praise pitcher Garrett Whitlock after the Boston Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 4 of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park. The Red Sox manager also took a second to credit social media. “Amazing game. (Whitlock) was amazing again,” Cora told […] The post Why Alex Cora Credited ‘Instagram’ After Red Sox Punched Ticket To ALCS appeared first on NESN.com.

Lowe's home run lifts Rays to walk-off win | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/21/19

Condensed Game: Nate Lowe hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 11th inning, giving the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://

Adames' walk-off lifts Rays in 11 frames | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/20/19

Condensed Game: Willy Adames lined the walk-off single in the 11th to deliver the Rays a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://www

Meadows' HR in 11th propels Rays | Rays-Dodgers Game Highlights 9/18/19

Condensed Game: Austin Meadows clubbed a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning to lead the Rays to a marathon win in extras Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https: