Estevão is a sportswriter from Brazil. You can also find his work at Diamond-Digest and Pinstripe Alley. Or perhaps you might have seen his work at FanGraphs, where he wrote about Clayton Kershaw’s heavy breaking ball usage among other things. You can follow him on Twitter at @estevao_maximo.
Justin Verlander highlights a day of strong pitching in the MLB playoffs, starting Game 1 of the ALCS for the Astros against the Yankees in Houston. Earlier in the day, the Padres and Phillies battle in Game 2 of the NLCS in San Diego.
Andrew Heaney pitched three innings of relief in Game 3, standing out on a rather disappointing playoff night for the Dodgers, and helped set up the pitching staff for potential success in Game 4.
Cody Bellinger has struggled all season at the plate and has just one hit in six at-bats so far in the NLDS. But his excellent catch in centerfield in Game 2 illustrated why Bellinger remains in the Dodgers lineup, at least against right-handed pitchers.
The Dodgers play the Padres in Game 1 of the NLDS on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
Julio Urías starts for the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS, facing Padres right-hander Mike Clevinger in the biggest pitching matchup of the series.
The wild card round concludes Sunday with only one more game. The Padres and Mets battle at Citi Field in Game 3 for the right to advance to play the Dodgers in the National League Division Series.
The Dodgers will face either the Mets or Padres in the National league Division Series. Here’s a look at the strengths and weaknesses of each potential Los Angeles opponent.
Julio Urías ends the year with another strong start, but the Dodgers offense has scored only four runs in a three-game losing streak to the Rockies.
The Dodgers take another crack at win number 111, playing the Rockies at Dodger Stadium.