The Los Angeles Dodgers looked to be in a big, big hole on Saturday. Down one game already in the NLCS, they trailed the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 2 by a score of 3-0 after six innings. If the Brewers’ vaunted bullpen could hold on to the lead, they’d be heading to LA with a two game advantage. But it wasn’t meant to be. The Dodgers got timely hitting from their big names like Manny Machado and Cody Bellinger, while Justin Taylor continued to show that the Dodgers will trouble any team in MLB due to their depth. His two run home run in the eighth inning put them ahead 4-3, and it would hold after Kenley Jansen shut the door in the ninth for the save.
One of the most interesting talking points all season has been about who the best team in baseball is. The consensus has been that it’s an AL team for some time, but from there it got murky. The Boston Red Sox had the best record throughout, but you had to have a feeling that the Houston Astros as defending World Series champs deserved a mention. On Saturday night in Game 1, they showed why as ran out veteran pitcher Justin Verlander and slowed down the ultra-dangerous offense of the Sox. In six innings, Verlander gave up just two hits and two earned runs to hand it to the bullpen at 2-2. From there, the Astros offense went to work, putting up five runs, with four of those coming off home runs in the ninth inning by Josh Reddick (solo) and Yuli Gurriel (three runs). The Astros with victory on Sunday could be wrapping this thing up very early, but the Red Sox are sure to have a say.
Where to start in the world of college football? Week 7 can be summed up in one word: chaos. For starters, two of the teams that have hopes of an unlikely trip to the CFB Playoff remained unbeaten despite scares. Both Notre Dame and Central Florida, of which the former has a much better chance at making it, overcame deficits to defeat Pitt and Memphis respectively. Elsewhere, Oregon defeated Washington and just about guaranteed that there will be no PAC 12 school in the playoff. Unless some really weird stuff happens. Speaking of weird, what happens if LSU pulls off another upset by beating Alabama at home like they did to #2 Georgia on Saturday? Do all three make the playoffs if they remain with one loss? West Virginia, ever the wild card in the race, also fell out after losing to Iowa State in a game that never looked all that close. Oh and Auburn, a team that was supposed to be challenging Alabama, lost to a rebuilding Tennessee in about as dull a performance as you can have. This was a crazy week, but it didn’t answer many questions. In fact, it’s raised more questions now.