And then there were four.
The division series this year were pretty lopsided and not the way any of us would have thought, but in retrospect, that teams that got bounced, despite having the better seed, probably should have done more with their pitching. In further retrospect, I guess you don’t expect so many injuries or that much ineffectiveness all at once (see: Cubs), but they just chose the worst possible time to slump and/or have their flaws exposed, so this is what we are left with.
Since the Rangers and Phillies remain alive, they can’t really say anything about money not working for the playoffs (at least, half the time here). And since at least one Atlanta player is accepting responsibility, I guess we also have to consider that the players should just, well, play better.
I’m sure some random somber and/or controversial things happened when Nick Castellanos blasted his two homers.
Anyway, the Texas Rangers are at the Houston Astros starting on Sunday, while the Arizona Diamondbacks are at the Philadelphia Phillies starting on Monday for the championship series. I think it’ll be a rematch of Houston-Philly from last year, but baseball has that silly habit of being chaotic, so we will wait and see.