Monday saw two more teams confirm their places in the Championship Series of the MLB Playoffs. The early game saw the Houston Astros, the defending champions once again reach the final four of the American League, after they defeated the Cleveland Indians 11-3 to complete a 3-0 sweep of the ALDS. Cleveland took an early 1-0 lead at home and then would have a 2-1 lead after six innings. But it was from then on that the Astros would put their foot firmly on the accelerator and pull away. With three runs in the seventh and six in the eighth, the Astros all but put the game away and advanced. While they did get a lot of good performances, George Springer’s two home runs is the most notable. They now will await the winners of the Red Sox/Yankees series.
That series took a surprising turn on Monday night. Playing at Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox crushed the Yankees in a comprehensive victory to take a 2-1 series lead. The team that finished with the best record in all of baseball scored an incredible 16 runs and only allowed one run themselves. Nate Eovaldi was phenomenal on the mound in seven innings of work, only allowing five hits and one earned run. But the biggest performer of the night was easily Brock Holt. The versatile infielder became the very first player to hit for the cycle in the postseason. That’s hard to believe! So on top of giving the Yanks their worst playoff loss in nearly 400 games, Holt did something no one in the history of this game had been able to do.
The NLCS has now been set after the Los Angeles Dodgers confirmed their place with a 6-2 win over the Atlanta Braves at Suntrust Park in Game 4. The Dodgers nearly swept the series on Sunday night, but they only had to wait one more day to do so. Their bats were simply much bigger and more effective than the Braves’ were, and their starting pitching was extremely good throughout. They now will move on to face the Milwaukee Brewers, beginning in Milwaukee on Friday in Game 1, and will be hoping to return to the World Series yet again.
And in the NFL, Monday Night Football saw Drew Brees make his own bit of history for his New Orleans Saints. The veteran quarterback has seemingly been doing that all season long already, but he set his latest accolade in a 43-19 pounding of the Washington Redskins last night. His 62 yard pass for a TD to Tre’Quan Smith would put him over the top of Peyton Manning for the most yards passing all-time in the NFL. On top of that, his team improved to 4-1 on the season, propelling them to the top of the NFC South, a division considered to quite possibly be the toughest in the entire league.