Saturday, October 17, 2015
V Is For Victory (And Volquez)
YESTERDAY IN POSTSEASON PLAY:
Kansas City demonstrated that post season experience makes a difference as they took a game one of the ALCS by shutting out a hard hitting Toronto offense. While this is only one game, it should serve as a wakeup call for the Blue Jays and for Major League Baseball that the Royals should not be underestimated. It will be interesting to see how this series develops with experience taking on firepower.
Kansas City Blanks Toronto 5-0
With the Kauffman Stadium crowd chanting his name, Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez went out and pitched the game of his life, stifling the Blue Jays through six shutout innings as the Royals stormed to a 5-0 victory in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night. It was just the sixth time the high-powered Blue Jays have been shut out all season. And it was the first time this postseason they went without an extra-base hit, and just the fourth time all season. Volquez, who notched his first career postseason win, gave up just two hits while walking four and striking out five. He labored through a 29-minute, 37-pitch sixth inning but struck out Troy Tulowitzki with two on and two out. The Royals' bullpen took it from there as Kelvin Herrera, Ryan Madson and Luke Hochevar finished off the three-hit shutout.
POSTSEASON PREDICTIONS: Read my post from October 6th to see how many I have gotten wrong!
CURRENT POSTSEASON PICTURE:
National League Championship Series
Chicago at New York
Game 1: Saturday, October 17, at 7:30 PM
American League Championship Series
Kansas City leads series 1-0
Game 2: Saturday, October 17, at 3:30 PM
Nothing to report!
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! However, there are some former Phillies still making headlines in the playoffs this year.