Tuesday, October 24, 2017

2017 World Series Game One Thread: Houston Astros @ Los Angeles Dodgers

The 2017 World Series is just about set to begin out in sunny California as the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros prepare to do battle in a seven-game series. The Dodgers had the better record of the two during the regular season so they will have homefield advantage throughout this World Series including for the first two games of the series beginning tonight. In the opener tonight Dodger Stadium will play host to Dallas Keuchel for the Astros and Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers in what should be an intense matchup of two tough left-handed starting pitchers. The game will be played at 8:00 pm ET and can be seen on FOX.

Follow us on Twitter by following @GreedyStripes and enjoy the game. Enjoy the World Series as well. Go Dodgers? Go Astros? They just don’t sound right coming from me, sorry.

Prediction: Dodgers win 4-1

Yankees Postseason History Recap: Jeffrey Maier

Since the New York Yankees postseason is over and I am still holding strong to onto my boycott of the 2017 World Series let’s get nostalgic, shall we? Let’s take a look over the course the next couple weeks at the Yankees and their postseason history and let’s begin with a cold day in the Bronx back in 1996.

I can remember the first playoff game that I watched all nine innings of. Sure I watched a lot of the 1995 Wild Card round and I had watched some of the ALDS from 1996 but the first game, due to school, homework or the fact that I was just 10-years old and had the attention span of a 10-year old, Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles was the first game I watched from the first pitch to the last and boy was I not left disappointed.

If you don’t remember that was the game at Yankee Stadium that saw Derek Jeter step up to the plate against Armando Benitez with the Yankees trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the 8th inning. Jeter would slap the ball the other way to the right field wall where outfielder Tony Tarasco and a 12-year old little boy who will forever be remembered were waiting. His name was Jeffrey Maier.

Maier visibly reached into the field of play and grabbed the ball from Tarasco leading umpire Rich Garcia to rule the play a home run. The game was tied thanks to a little help, a game the Yankees went on to win leading to a series victory as well for the Bronx Bombers. 

World Series Game One Preview: Houston Astros @ Los Angeles Dodgers

As much as it hurts me to write this article I feel compelled to do so anyway, it’s the World Series after all. The World Series is what every team works towards every single season and despite my team, the New York Yankees, not being there I don’t want to take away from the accomplishments that the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros were able to achieve here in 2017. So here we are in sunny Los Angeles for Game One of the 2017 World Series. In the opener the Dodgers will send, who else, Clayton Kershaw to the mound to square off with lefty Dallas Keuchel for the Astros. What a pitching matchup, huh? Let’s preview the game!

Keuchel has been dominant this postseason and throughout his short postseason career with the Astros beginning with that 2015 AL Wild Card Game against the New York Yankees. Keuchel owns a career postseason ERA of 1.78 in five starts including two starts against the Yankees in the ALCS where the left allowed four runs in 11.1 innings pitched. This will be the first trip to the World Series in Keuchel’s young career.

Kershaw will pitch tonight for the Dodgers also making his first ever career World Series start. Kershaw will be pitching on regular rest after dominating the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. Kershaw hasn’t been as dominant as Keuchel has been but his 3.63 ERA in 17.1 innings pitched this postseason are nothing to shake a stick at either.

The game will be played at 8:00 pm ET inside Dodger Stadium and can be seen on FOX. This is the World Series, how much more do I really have to say here/ Enjoy the games and the series, I personally won’t be watching much, if at all. It hurts too bad. Have a great day everyone. 

Happy Third Birthday to the BYB Hub

The BYB Hub. What can I say about the BYB Hub here now in its THIRD year of existence? The Hub started out as an idea from Robert Casey and Bleeding Yankee Blue as an opportunity for newer blogs or lesser known blogs to get free exposure all in one central hub and it's done that and more. So here we stand three years later still going strong. Still fighting, still clawing our way to the top. And that climb and that fight and that struggle is made so much easier thanks to the Hub.

So Happy Birthday to the Hub and once again, and I can't say it enough, thank you to Mr. Casey and the crew over at BYB.

So it Seems… Thank You for an AMAZING 2017 Season

Good morning everyone, I hope you’re all doing well this morning. I have to say I was left with a bitter taste in my mouth Saturday night and this is the first that I could really talk about it. I know everyone is saying the right things, that this team wasn’t even expected to make it this far and the such but that doesn’t take away the sting for me whatsoever. I believed in this team, I called this team special from very early on and I was not ready to be done watching baseball this season. Not without the organization’s 28th World Series Championship ring in hand.

Now that I have had a couple nights to sleep on this I can say that I do appreciate this team and the effort that this team put in here in 2017. It was an amazing ride, a fun ride and a ride that gave this team a certain amount of experience that you absolutely cannot quantify. This team is special and this team has all the makings of being special for a very long time. Thank you for that, thank you to all involved.

Speaking of special, hey you. Thank you for sitting by my side and dealing with my roller coaster of emotions during this postseason and thank you for taking an interest in something that I know you have no interest in. I love you for it and I love you for a million and one other reasons. Always have, always will. Have a great day.

This Day in New York Yankees History 10/24: El Duque Orlando Hernandez

Orlando Hernandez was a God send to the New York Yankees during their Dynasty run during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, especially in the postseason. El Duque started his career 8-0 with a 1.90 ERA in the postseason before the Mets got to him on this day in 2000. The Mets beat the Yankees on this day in the Subway World Series after Benny Agbayani hit a game winning 8th inning double to give the Metropolitan's a 4-2 win. New York native and Mets closer John Franco secured the victory for the Mets ending the Yankees 14 game World Series winning streak.