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Canadian teams and players making headlines

October 20, 2021
Source: Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty Images
Source: Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty Images

⚾️MLB: Canada’s own, Boston Red Sox pitcher Nick Pivetta allowed just two hits in five innings pitched yesterday, but it wasn’t enough to lift his squad to the win as the Sox lost 9–2 to the Houston Astros. The series is now tied at two games apiece with a crucial Game 5 tonight at 5:08 p.m. ET.

  • Meanwhile, over in the National League, the LA Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves yesterday to keep their World Series hopes alive. Check out the full playoff picture here.

🏒Hockey: As our women’s national team warms up for February’s Beijing Olympics, the world championship winners have now lost three in a row to men's junior A teams in Western Canada, including an 8–0 loss to the Drumheller Dragons on Monday. Uh, not not panicking.

🏀NBA: It’s game day, folks! The new-look Toronto Raptors start their season against the Washington Wizards at home (!!!) tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET. Tune in to watch Goran Dragić’s, ​​Precious Achiuwa’s and Scottie Barnes’ Raptors debuts and stay to see vets Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby (and Drake, of course) lead the way.

🏒NHL: The Winnipeg Jets have had a rough start to the season. Along with three straight losses after starting the season 0-2-1, captain Blake Wheeler tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. The vaccinated vet is reportedly symptomatic and will quarantine in Minnesota (where the team played last night and, conveniently, his home state) for at least 10 days.

Preview of Game 3 in the MLB Championship Series

October 18, 2021
Source: Atlanta Braves/Twitter
Source: Atlanta Braves/Twitter

American League (AL): After the Houston Astros came back to win Friday’s Game 1, the Boston Red Sox made postseason history in Saturday’s Game 2, becoming the first team to hit two grand slams in the same playoff game and helping to solidify their 9–5 win.

  • The 1-1 series now heads to Boston, with Game 3’s first pitch tonight at 8:08 p.m. ET.

National League (NL): In a rematch of last year’s NLCS, the Atlanta Braves walked off to win Saturday’s Game 1, partially thanks to third baseman Austin Riley’s clutch single and LA Dodger Chris Taylor’s baserunning mistake. Yikes.

  • And the Braves kept the party going yesterday, winning 5–4 to take a 2-0 series lead, thanks to yet another walk-off. Lucky for the Dodgers, the series now shifts to LA for tomorrow’s crucial Game 3 at 5:08 p.m. ET. Maybe the third time will be the charm?

MLB Playoffs: Battle in the Bay

October 13, 2021
SOURCE: DANIEL SHIREY/MLB PHOTOS VIA GETTY IMAGES
SOURCE: DANIEL SHIREY/MLB PHOTOS VIA GETTY IMAGES

American League (AL): The AL Championship Series (CS) is set. The Boston Red Sox eliminated the defending AL champion Tampa Bay Rays on Monday behind not one, but two walk-off wins. Now walk it out.

  • Elsewhere, amidst another round of cheating allegations, the Houston Astros eliminated the Chicago White Sox with yesterday’s 10–1 Game 4 win.
  • Beginning on Friday, the ’stros will face manager Alex Cora’s Red Sox in the ALCS. Reminder: Cora was heavily involved in the sign-stealing scandal that still looms over the Astros today. We live for the drama.

National League (NL): One team has advanced to the NLCS, but it’ll come down to a winner-take-all Game 5 to decide the final spot. Thanks to a clutch solo home run from 2020 NL MVP Freddie Freeman, the Atlanta Braves eliminated the Milwaukee Brewers with yesterday’s 5–4 win. While we’re eliminating things, let’s get rid of the chop next, ’kay?

  • Meanwhile, the defending champion LA Dodgers won at home to force a decisive Game 5 in the Bay vs. the San Francisco Giants tomorrow at 9:07 p.m. ET. Getcha popcorn ready.

Update on the MLB playoffs

October 08, 2021
Source: Astros/Twitter
Source: Astros/Twitter

The matchups: In the American League (AL), it’s the Houston Astros vs. the Chicago White Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays vs. the Wild Card–winning Boston Red Sox.

  • Over in the National League (NL), the Atlanta Braves are taking on the Milwaukee Brewers while the LA Dodgers — fresh off Wednesday’s thrilling walk-off Wild Card win — will face the San Francisco Giants.

AL update: Behind 6 scoreless innings from starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr., the Astros jumped out to an early series lead with yesterday’s 6–1 win over the White Sox. Star Chicago pitcher Lucas Giolito will look to take out the trash even things up in Game 2 today at 2:07 p.m. ET.

  • In Game 1 of the other ALDS, the Rays shut out the Red Sox. Outfielder Randy Arozarena hit a solo home run in the fifth inning and then stole home (!!!) in the seventh to lift Tampa Bay to a 1-0 series lead. First pitch of Game 2 is today at 7:02 p.m. ET.

NL preview: The first NLDS begins today at 4:37 p.m. ET when the Braves take on the Brewers. With NL CY Young candidate Corbin Burnes of the Brewers and Braves ace Charlie Morton set to take the mound, we’re in for an elite pitching battle. Spoiled.

The NLDS Dodgers vs. Giants (two teams with over 100 wins on the season!) nightcap starts at 9:37 p.m. ET. The high-powered Giants offense will look to crack things open vs. Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler. California, here they come.

Wild Card single elimination begins in the MLB

October 06, 2021
Source: Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images
Source: Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images

American League (AL): Last night’s AL Wild Card game was a battle between two bitter rivals — the Boston Red Sox and the NY Yankees — and the Red Sox prevailed, beating the Yankees 6–2. Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts got things started early with a two-run home run in the first inning and the Sox never looked back.

  • Next up in the AL, Boston will face the Tampa Bay Rays in a five-game divisional series (ALDS) beginning tomorrow at 8:07 p.m. ET.
  • The other ALDS between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros also begins tomorrow, but a bit earlier at 4:07 p.m. ET.

National League (NL): Tonight’s NL Wild Card game features two of the hottest teams in baseball: the defending champion LA Dodgers and the St. Louis “defy the odds” Cardinals. It also features two veteran pitchers in 37-year-old Dodger Max Scherzer and 40-year-old Cardinal Adam Wainwright. Age is but a number.

  • ICYMI: yesterday’s special edition newsletter has everything (else) you need to know about the MLB playoffs. You’re welcome.