4:33 PM EDT, Sun October 21, 2018
Federal Baseball

Wire Taps: Can you blame Rizzo?; Improving the rotation; Bob Miller out as Assistant GM

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the NL Division Series start this afternoon... So, the Athletics lost, and Blake Treinen looked human again. Everything, somehow, hurts. Here’s the news from D.C.: What’s to blame for the Nationals’ lost season? Part III: Mike Rizzo and the front office (WaPo)Rizzo, the Post argues, erred by not strengthening a rotation that was clearly a weak spot in hindsight and by confidently supporting a bullpen prone to injury from the start. Moreover, the way he treated his team — and then dismantled it — leaves a lot of questions. Bob...

DRaysBay

View from the Catwalk: Rays stave off elimination

One more Rays loss, or Athletics victory will officially eliminate the Rays from playoff contention Yesterday afternoon, the Rays avoided their first series defeat since mid August, and also kept their playoff hopes alive as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-2, and split the finale of their last road trip of the season. Blake Snell was dominant in what should be his penultimate performance of the season, delivering 6 2⁄3 inning of shutout baseball, racking up 11 strikeouts along the way. He allowed just two walks and three hits over the course of the afternoon, dropping his ERA to...

Pinstripe Alley

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Jonathan Holder vs. Diego Castillo

The Yankees kick off a series with the Rays as they try to secure home field advantage in the Wild Card Game. The Yankees have clinched a spot in the playoffs, but with just a 1.5-game lead over the Athletics, they still have work to do. They’ll open a series in Tampa Bay with the Rays looking to secure home field advantage in the Wild Card Game. The Rays are technically not yet eliminated, but would need to win the rest of their games and see Oakland lose the rest of theirs just to tie the A’s. Even so, Tampa is sticking with their opener strategy, sending out Diego Castillo to start...

The Crawfish Boxes

Game Recap: Angels Enter Perdition. Astros Show No Mercy, Sweep Series, Take Game 3, 6-2

Framber Valdez superb in 6 inning relief of injured Charlie Morton. Magic number to clinch down to three. Who has the Momentum? The Astros have the momentum! Despite injury to perhaps their most talented superstar, the Astros have the best record in September among AL contenders. See chart Yes, better than the seemingly irrepressible Oakland Athletics. (Who lost tonight) This weekend the Astros beat up on the Los Angeles Angels, sweeping them in three games and outscoring them 27 to 10. In those games the Astros amassed 35 hits. Today, the Stros relented a bit, scoring fewer than 10 runs,...