Thursday, October 6, 2016

For One Night Only, pt. 2: Madison Bumgarner, Conor Gillaspie, and the Inevitability of Fate

If there is one constant in baseball during the life of this website, its that Madison Bumgarner becomes a different species in the postseason. While of course his stoicism and frightening resolve are on display from April through September, October flips some kind of switch in the man they call Young Hickory. The Mets, fresh off of a National League Championship season, were only able to muster enough wins to host the NL Wild Card Game against San Francisco. The thing about Bumgarner is, you'll never outright beat the man. You can hope to outlast him. To do that, New York offered up their own super-human, Noah Syndergaard. What came next was a gem for both sides, but as things go with the Giants- the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

For One Night Only, pt. 1: Bautista, Trumbo, Encarnacion, and the Sound and the Fury

Get three of the game's premier power hitters in the same ballpark. Put the season on the line. The result kinda writes itself. For two teams that relied so heavily on their bullpens and home runs, the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays were only able to utilize half of that equation. The way it would end is the only way it could- with a ball landing in the stands.

Chase Down the Rising Sun: Shohei Ohtani Faces the Hype

Twenty-three year old Shohei Ohtani took the mound for the first time in a Major League stadium on Sunday. His slender, six-foot-four frame ...