Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The MLB Youth Movement Continues Into The Postseason


The Astros continued there impressive turnaround with Dallas “Fear The Beard” Keuchel continuing to dominate opponents. Even with their extensive playoff experience, the Yankees lineup looked uncomfortable against the ambitious Astros. On the other side of the field, Houston’s youth remained a non-factor as they continued making plays and providing run support to their Cy Young candidate. It was a great start to the 2015 postseason with the NL Wild Card game expecting to provide a similarly excellent contest tonight.

Round 1 (Wild Card)
Astros Eliminate Yankees 3-0
Cubs at Pirates (TONIGHT)

Round 2 (Division Series)
Astros at Royals (10/8)
Rangers at Blue Jays (10/8)
NL Wild Card at Cardinals (10/9)
Mets at Dodgers (10/9)


Rookie Up For Award – Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr had one of the more unusual plays of the 2015 season when he hit an inside-the-park grand slam last month at Nationals Park. It was the first inside-the-park grand slam in baseball since 1999. The play is nominated for an Esurance MLB Award in the Best Offensive Play category. A father making a catch with his baby strapped to his chest at Citizens Bank Park is nominated for Best Fan Catch. The Esurance MLB Awards annually honor Major League Baseball's greatest achievements as part of an industry-wide balloting process that includes five components, each of which accounts for 20 percent of the overall vote: media, front-office personnel, retired MLB players, fans at and Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) voters. Individual awards will go to the Best Major Leaguer in addition to the winners in the following categories: The Best Everyday Player, Starting Pitcher, Rookie, Defensive Player, Breakout Player, Bounceback Player, Manager, Executive, Social Media Personality and postseason performer. Winners will also be recognized for the year's best offensive play, defensive play, Moment, single-game performance, Social Media Post, Celebrity Fan, Fan Catch, Interview, TV call, radio call, Player-Fan Interaction, Video Board Moment and Trending Topic. Also, Cole Hamels is nominated for Best Performance for his no-hitter in July. Tom McCarthy is nominated for Best TV Call for his call of the final out of the no-hitter. Voting will remain open through Nov. 13 by visiting Winners will be announced live on MLB Network and on Nov. 20.

The Phillies finally put an end to the season finishing in last place in the NL East with a record of 63-99. Given the departures, aging stars, injuries, and bipolar performances this season, this has ended up being one of the worst seasons in franchise history! All time, the Phillies are 3-2-1 on this day.

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