Fun Fact of the Day: Clayton Kershaw’s only other professional save came on August 19, 2006 when he was in the Gulf Coast League (a minor league for rookies). His catcher that day was Kenley Jansen—the same Jansen that was relieved by Kershaw in last night’s game.
The L.A. Dodgers advance to the NLCS. The Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals last night 4-3 to win Game 5 and the NLDS. The Dodgers scored all 4 of their runs in the 7th inning against a total of 6 Nats pitchers. But everyone will be talking about how Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw came into the game as a relief pitcher for the first time in 7 years. He racked up the first save of his major league career and he did it on just 1-day of rest after starting Game 4. Next up? The Dodgers will take on the team with the best record in MLB, the Chicago Cubs, and the Nats will head home after losing the NLDS yet again.
San Diego Chargers beat Denver Broncos (21-13). Chargers coach Mike McCoy is breathing a sigh of relief after last night’s win. There were rumors that his job was in serious trouble after the team lost 4 games to start the season, especially because they managed to lose 3 of those games after leading with only 2 minutes left. Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak was probably getting frustrated watching from home; he sat out the game with a complex migraine.
Seen and Heard
Shade wars. Yesterday, superstar Kevin Durant said that he chose to join the Golden State Warriors because their players were “selfless.” Of course, that was interpreted as a burn against his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook, who is a notorious ball-hog. In response, Westbrook called KD’s comments “cute” and said he’ll go back to worrying about his own “selfish” OKC teammates. Westbrook has a right to be ticked off. After all, he played with KD for 8 seasons before his “friend” skipped town without so much as a phone call. This season, everyone expects Westbrook to be out for revenge; he’s already one of the favorites to win this year’s MVP.
It’s getting chilly out there… You should probably stay indoors and watch endless amounts of sports. We’ve got your weekend schedule right here:
The Championship Series. Both the AL and NL best of 7 Championship Series start this weekend. Here’s a quick preview of what to expect:
- ALCS: Toronto Blue Jays @ Cleveland Indians. These teams are coming in hot! They both swept their opponents in the ALDS to get here. Tune in to watch the Blue Jays’ heavy hitters go up against the Indians’ aggressive use of their bullpen. Game 1: Friday 8pm ET on TBS; Game 2: Saturday 4pm ET on TBS
- NLCS: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs. The Dodgers won last night, which means they have the dubious honor playing the best team in baseball, the Cubs. The Dodgers’ rotation is a giant question mark, because they can’t rely on ace Clayton Kershaw every game… or can they? Game 1: Saturday 8pm ET on FS1; Game 2: Sunday 8pm ET on FS1
Week 6 games to watch. Here are the top matchups to watch this Sunday:
- Dallas Cowboys (4-1) @ Green Bay Packers (3-1). “Dak Dak Dak Dak Dak Dak Dak,” that’s what you should expect to hear all game long. That’s because Dallas’s rookie QB Dak Prescott is absolutely killing it in his NFL debut. So far he’s thrown a record 155 passes without an interception. Even though he’s playing lights out football, the Cowboys insist that this will still be QB Tony Romo’s team, when he returns from a back injury later this month. 4:25pm ET on FOX
- Atlanta Falcons (4-1) @ Seattle Seahawks (3-1). Offense meet defense. The Falcons are coming into this game with the hottest offense in the league behind their QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones. But they’re about to meet their toughest match yet in the Seahawks #1-ranked defense. 4:25pm ET on FOX
- San Francisco 49ers (1-4) @ Buffalo Bills (3-2). Colin Kaepernick makes his return as the 49ers’ starting QB. Can he get people talking about his football skills, in addition to his anthem protest? 1pm ET on FOX
Week 7 games to watch. This weekend you should tune in for these two big top-10 matchups:
- #1 Alabama @ #9 Tennessee. Before last weekend’s loss in double overtime to Texas A&M, Tennessee was the luckiest team in college football. They had managed to come back from behind in miraculous fashion for 5 straight wins. Now, they need to start collecting 4-leaf clovers, rabbits’ feet, horseshoes, and whatever else it takes to beat the best team in the country and maintain their top spot in the SEC East. Saturday 3:30pm ET on CBS
- #2 Ohio State @ #8 Wisconsin. This game is as much about #4-ranked Michigan as it is about Ohio State and Wisconsin. Last week Wisconsin lost to Michigan, so if the Badgers manage to beat Ohio State, they will catapult up the rankings and bring Michigan along with them. But if they lose again, they can kiss their chance of making the playoffs goodbye. Saturday 8pm ET on ABC