With that settled, we can get to the real MLB Playoffs. Two Shutouts.
The Houston Astros shut out and the New York Yankees to go on to play the Kansas City Royals in the American League Division Series. This was a relatively slow game with a few homeruns but not much excitement. As always in a shutout, pitching was important, defense as well. I was surprised to see the Yanks offense be so bad. I like the Astros and am curious to see how they do.
The Chicago Cubs shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates to go on to face the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. A little more excitement with a complete game and a clearing of the benches.
Both home teams lost, which goes to show how much home field advantage matters in baseball.
I have to say I like the new addition to the postseason and it certainly has added to the excitement of the MLB playoffs over the last few years. The Giants benefited from the opportunity last year. I remember when the Braves had to win a few tie-breakers to get in back in the day, which contained a similar excitement, but the outs really matter in a one game, do or die, wild card.
Now there are eight teams left!