A check-swing punchout to end the NLDS between the teams with the best regular season records in baseball? I’m going all Peggy Lee. You know, “Is that all there is?”
So it’s on to Atlanta for the Dodgers, with Max Scherzer still officially listed as L.A.’s Game One starter on Saturday. What a bulldog! Scherzer came out of the pen in the ninth Thursday night to get his first career save, throwing 13 pitches, including 11 for strikes.
The Giants? That’s an abrupt and painful ending for a team that won 109 games.
And speaking of sudden stops, adios to Cardinals manager Mike Schildt, who got bagged despite that 17-game September winning streak that boosted the Birds into the postseason. “Philosophical differences.” That means he pissed somebody off. I would know (lol).
ALCS Game One in H-town tonight. Framber Valdez gets the ball for the ‘Stros against Boston’s Chris Sale. But all eyes are on Houston righthander Lance McCullers Jr., whose series status is uncertain after he strained his right forearm in Game Four of the ALDS against the White Sox. The Astros will have to make a roster decision this (Friday) morning.
It’s not just that he’s somehow still playing at age 44. It’s that he’s still the best quarterback in the NFL at 44. You know who I’m talking about. Seriously. If you had to pick an All-Pro team right now through the first quarter of the season, who would your starting quarterback be? Dak? I hear you. Herbert? That kid is astounding, and he’s only going to get better. Lamar? Not quite yet.
But Brady is still The Dude. And I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
The Hoodie will probably try to “take away” the Cowboys’ running game Sunday. How’s he gonna do that?
You know who I don’t hear a lot of people talking about right now? Mike McCarthy. That’s a good thing. Especially for McCarthy.
Have you checked the sked for Sunday? Count me IN!
Chargers (Herbert) at Ravens (Jackson)?
Cardinals (Murray) at Browns (Mayfield)? Enough story lines for you? Boomer!
There’s beer in the fridge and ball on my brain.
We’ll talk lots of college pig tomorrow (Saturday) morning.
Aw, hell, we can start now. Watch your ass, Roadrunners.
Tonight? I hope to see you in Boerne. I have the honor of doing the play-by-play on the livestream of the Boerne Champion vs. Kerrville Tivy game, working alongside my analyst partner Kerry Barboza.
Life is good!