Brewers walk it off in Game One
The first game between Milwaukee and Colorado was a thrilling one, and the Rockies were forced to play extra innings yet again. This time, they were shut down by the Brewers bullpen all game long, managing just one hit through the first eight innings. Meanwhile, Milwaukee wasn’t having that much more success against Rockies pitching, but likely NL MVP Christian Yelich smacked a two-run shot in the third and that was enough to give them a 2-0 lead that held for most of the game. Then, Colorado’s bats came alive in the ninth and they ended up tying the game against Jeremy Jeffress. Eventually, the game would push on into the tenth, and in the bottom of the inning the Brewers got the lead and the win. Yelich drew a walk to start things off, then after he moved to second on a wild pitch, Travis Shaw was intentionally walked. Eventually, with runners on the corners and two outs, Mike Moustakas came through with a base hit to win the game and walk it off.
Dodgers Cruise to Game One Victory
The early game on Thursday was thrilling, but the same couldn’t be said about the later contest. There, the Braves took on the Dodgers for Game One of their NLDS, and the home team had it all the way. Los Angeles got a solo homer from Joc Pederson in the first and then a three-run shot from Max Muncy in the second, and that ended the night for Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz while also essentially wrapping the game up for the Dodgers. They’d get another solo shot from Kiké Hernandez and ended up with six runs, and thanks to seven shutout innings from Hyun-Jin Ryu it was more than enough for a victory. The Dodgers are definitely favorites in this series, but hopefully the rest of the games will be more competitive than this one.
Qualifying Offer Set at $17.9 Million
We’re not focused on the offseason around these parts just yet, but MLB did announce that the qualifying offer for the upcoming winter has been set at $17.9 million. That’s a $500,000 increase from last year. For those unsure, the qualifying offer is what you can offer to a free agent. He can either take that salary for one year or declare for free agency. If he chooses the latter, the team who loses him gets a compensatory pick in return. This is relevant to the Red Sox this year with the impending free agency of Craig Kimbrel and possibly David Price in the (unlikely, in my opinion) scenario in which he opts out. We’ll have more on that stuff when the games stop, though.