Fun Fact of the Day: Last night, the Los Angeles Dodgers handed the Chicago Cubs their 2nd consecutive shut out. The last time the Cubs were shut out of back-to-back games was May 2014. The Cubs had never been shut out of back-to-back games in the postseason.
NLCS: Are the Cubs in trouble? The Dodgers beat the Cubs 6-0 to take the lead in the series 2-1. The star of the show was Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, who is a 36-year-old baseball veteran in the middle of a career rebirth. Just last year, he was a relief pitcher that no one in MLB wanted, so he signed up as a starting pitcher with the independent team, the Long Island Ducks. After a short stint there, he was picked back up by the Boston Red Sox and traded around MLB until he landed at the Dodgers. Who would have guessed that just 2 months later, he would end up outpitching Cubs Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta in a playoff game?
ALCS: The Toronto Blue Jays avoid the sweep. The Jays handed the Cleveland Indians their first loss of the postseason to bring the series to 3-1. Jays 3B Josh Donaldson hit a homer in the 3rd inning to give them the lead and they never looked back, winning 5-1. Next up: the Indians have rookie LHP Ryan Merritt up against some stiff competition in the Jays Marco Estrada. Can the Jays make a come back?
Seen and Heard
The next controversial election? Former pitcher Curt Schilling announced that he’s planning to run for the U.S. Senate in 2018, as a Republican against Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren. Even though Schilling was known for his control as a pitcher, he’s been very loose-lipped since retiring from baseball. This year, he was fired from his job as an ESPN analyst for making offensive posts to social media comparing the Muslim community to Nazis and supporting North Carolina’s transgender bathroom law. Then just last week, he defended Donald Trump’s statement objectifying a 10-year-old girl from a 1992 Entertainment Tonight video clip.
Grandpa Belichick. Yesterday, during his weekly media conference call, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick announced a “little” roster addition—a brand new granddaughter! Aww… Then in more typical Belichick fashion, he went on an epic 5-minute rant against the Microsoft Surface tablets that NFL teams use on the sidelines. This isn’t the first time he’s raged against the machine; he was spotted smashing a tablet on the sidelines 2 weeks ago. From now on, he’s going back to good old-fashioned printed hardcopies. And no one in Boston ever bought a Microsoft Surface again…
Big Ben’s out. After suffering a knee injury during last Sunday’s game, Pittsburgh Steelers QB “Big Ben” Roethlisberger had to get surgery on his meniscus. There’s no timeline yet for his return, but the team’s hoping he’ll be back in a few weeks. In the meantime, backup QB Landry Jones will hit the field and you can bet he will rely heavily on the star running back duo of Le’Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams. Speaking of running backs… Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy may be out for the next several weeks with ankle trouble. Stay tuned for updates.
ALCS Game 5: Cleveland Indians @ Toronto Blue Jays. The Indians lead the series 3-1. 4pm ET on TBS
NLCS Game 4: Chicago Cubs @ Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers lead the series 2-1. 8pm ET on FS1