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Fox shines, Twins still lose to New York

Jeffry Fox collected 4 hits last night, but it wasn't enough for the Twins. The Yankees won the contest, 6-5. Ezra Turner had a big game as well, knocking in 3 runs for New York while recording 3 hits. Arthur Robles struckout 14 Minnesota batters in the contest. | Box

Rockies can't contain Sullivan, fall 12-2

Aaron Sullivan was on his game, knocking in 3 runs in New York's 12-2 victory over the Rockies. Sullivan also had 3 hits in the game. Karem West struckout 10 New York batters in the contest. Forest Gilmore struckout 14 Colorado batters in the contest. | Box

Sutton baffles Twins, Yankees win

Conrad Sutton struckout 14 Minnesota batters in a 1-0 win for the Yankees. Calvin York struckout 13 New York batters in the contest. | Box

Crede baffles Rockies, Mets win

Jon Crede struckout 14 Colorado batters in a 7-2 win for the Mets. Aaron Alvardo struckout 11 New York batters in the contest. | Box

Big game for Hall lifts Twins to victory

Joey Hall drove in 5 runs, carrying Minnesota to a 15-9 victory over the Yankees. | Box


WHO'S HOT - Last 5 Games

C. Gibbs, Mets .5561 HR5 RBI
B. Jackson, Mets .2222 HR4 RBI
D. Ware, Mets .4441 HR3 RBI
A. Sullivan, Mets .4441 HR3 RBI
J. Fox, Twins .5451 HR1 RBI

WHO'S NOT - Last 5 Games

D. Baer, Yankees 1 for 12 (.083)
P. Kitchen, Twins 1 for 12 (.083)
J. Hall, Twins 0 for 10 (.000)
M. Bass, Yankees 0 for 10 (.000)
M. Harper, Yankees 2 for 11 (.182)

Leaders: OPS

E. Turner, Yankees 1.141
D. Ware, Mets 1.094
T. Magers, Rockies 1.038
M. Harper, Yankees 1.013
B. Banks, Twins 1.013

Leaders: SO/9

R. Wright, Cubs 16.5
A. Alvardo, Rockies 16.3
T. Olsen, Rockies 15.6
S. Hicks, Astros 15.6
R. Hess, Giants 15.4

2026 World Series Preview: Colorado Rockies vs Tampa Bay Rays

The Colorado Rockies return to the World Series for the second straight year, this time against a new opponent: the Tampa Bay Rays. Making their first World Series appearance, the Rays look to make some noise as they take on to battle the Rockies.

These two teams are about as equally matched as you can get. The Rockies finished ahead of the Rays in the regular season by just a few games, with the Rockies scoring more runs but the Rays allowing less of them. Both of the teams boast powerful offenses, with Magers, Ulrich, and Walsh leading the charge for the Rockies and Knutsen, Wiley, and Otter for the Rays. The pitching for both teams is relatively equal, with the Rockies top three starters averaging around 1.30 WHIP with the Rays an average of 1.10.

The Rockies had an easier time getting to the World Series than last year, with them having to battle and go the distance in the NLCS to reach it. Instead, they swept the Nationals in the first round and won the first three against Milwaukee before finishing them in six. The Rays, meanwhile, had to go the distance in the ALCS, defeating the Rangers 5-2 in Game 7. They defeated the Blue Jays in the round prior in five.

Each team has been blasting away at their opponents' pitchers all postseason long, but they may face a challenge with each other. The Rockies are still anchored by Grady Barlow, with offseason acquisition Aaron Alvardo following behind and the all reliable Timmy Edwards in the third spot. The Rays are headlined by two-time AL Cy Young winner Ricky Lester, followed by Ted Wilson and Jose Amador. While the Rays might not boast big names behind Lester, they still outperformed both Alvardo and Edwards this season and looking pretty dangerous behind Lester.

This World Series might be the closest series in years as both first seeds punched their ticket in, and the series will ultimately come down to pitching. The Rays will need to rely on their stellar top three in order to slow down the Rockies bats which have been wreaking havoc on pitchers all postseason. If the Rockies offense can continue to produce, and get just a bit of help pitching, the Rockies look to hoist their first league title. The Rays have the offense too, with the same power, but the Rockies have made it look easy so far, even against the Brewers. This series will go the distance with the Rockies batting their way to their first title.

Official prediction: Rockies in 7

Houston Astros Upset the Colorado Rockies to Claim First Championship

It only took four tries, but finally, the Houston Astros have claimed their first World Series Championship by upsetting what many considered probably the best team of all time. For once, the usually dominant Rockies pitching failed to slow down the hot bats of the Astros, as they outscored the Rockies 37-22. The best the Rockies did was allow 4 runs in Game 2. From there, it was the Astros rotation that took over the show, consisting of ace Sal Hicks, Tyler Wall, and Willie Gilbert, who all delivered in clutch to give up just around 4 runs a game in the series.

The Astros came into the series a perfect 8-0, but were meeting their biggest test yet. Hardly seemed to matter as they came into Game 1 winning 6-1, batting around Cy Young winner Timmy Edwards while Sal Hicks threw his 2nd consecutive complete game in the contest.

The Astros finally suffered their first loss in Game 2, as the Rockies took back to form to allow just 3 runs over 8 innings as they took their 4-3 lead into the 9th. However, Rockies closer Steve Rameriez, in uncharacteristic fashion, blew his second save of the season (and postseason) as Ralph Phelps belted a ball into the outfield to tie the game up. Fortunately for the Rockies, Ty Magers delivered the winning double in the bottom half to give his team the 5-4 win in Game 2.

The Rockies seemed prime to win in Game 3 with a 4-3 lead heading into the 7th and rookie Karem West pitching well. That's when the real Astros offense came back. The Astros scored 5 runs off the Rockies bullpen to seal a Game 3 win. Again, the Rockies pitching was faltering where it had not nearly all season.

Game 4 was another shootout between the teams, with both Edwards and Hicks struggling and giving up 5+ runs. The bullpens locked it down a bit from there, as the Astros took a 5-4 lead into the 8th before the Rockies tied it up and rookie Tad Hale knocked in a two-run blast to take the lead. Greg Fletcher hit a solo shot in the bottom half, but it wasn't enough as the Rockies took Game 4 with a 7-6 score.

The Astros weren't having it, and in Game 5 put the game away in the first by knabbing a 5 run lead to top the game off. Tyler Wall pitched an absolute gem to seal the game from there, going 8.1 innings and only giving up a run in the process of a 6-1, Game 5 win.

With series point, the Astros jumped to a 3 run lead in the first few innings in Game 6, and they didn't look back, at least not for a little while. Their lead would stay, but not without resistance as the Rockies scored two to bring it into a one-run deficit. It would take until the 7th inning before Ralph Phelps put it away, hitting a grand slam with 0 outs to increase the Astros' lead to 7-2, effectively ending any sort of hope Colorado had. They did score two more runs from there, but closer Perry Scott closed the door on any sort of comeback attempt as the Astros claimed their first championship in four tries.

The Rockies' season ends in disappointment, as their first playoff run falls short of the pinnacle. The Astros, however, finally end their long disappointing playoff history. After losses to the Pirates (twice) and the Giants in the Series, taking on the 60+ win Rockies was no easy task, but their offense came firing on all cylinders as they have all postseason. The Rockies will look to be back next year, as their rotation and hitting core look to be intact still in the offseason. The Rockies will draft 30th in the upcoming draft, while the Astros hold the 24th selection.

2025 World Series Preview: Colorado Rockies vs Houston Astros

With the Colorado Rockies edging the Cincinnati Reds in Game 7 of the NLCS, the World Series stage is set with the top-seeded Rockies taking on the 4-time AL champion Houston Astros. The path for both teams took an oddly similar route from last year, with the NL champion Rockies shaking off the Giants in 6 games in the NLDS before going the distance to beat the Reds in the NLCS. Meanwhile, the Astros, swept through the Yankees in the ALDS and the Athletics in the ALCS to clinch their AL-leading 4th league championship.

The Rockies are coming into the series as by far the best team in the league, and arguably the best of all time. Their pitching dominance hasn't been seen by the league since the 2021 Pirates, in which both teams had 4 out of their 5 pitchers named all-stars. Their rotation is anchored by Cy Young winner Timmy Edwards, rookie sensation Karem West, and the all reliable Grady Barlow, with Tyler Olsen also in the rotation, their fourth all-star but hasn't appeared in the postseason yet. The batting order is loaded on top, with the first four hitters hitting near or at a .300 batting average. Aiden Ulrich, Ty Magers, and Pat Young all lead things off with, with team home run leader Otis Walsh hitting clean up. This team is an all around a threat. Even if the pitching falters (which it rarely does, allowing only 320 runs, the third-lowest total in the league), their hitting core more than makes up for it, scoring a league-leading 530 runs off a leading 892 hits.

Meanwhile, the Astros are heading into their fourth World Series, second-most behind the Pirates' five appearances. While not as dominant as the Rockies, the Astros still come into this series as an offensive powerhouse, with their hitting and run totals in the top 5 of the league. But if there is one thing the Astros can do more than the Rockies, it's home runs. With 130 home runs, that's enough to tally second in the league, behind the Reds' 151 and ahead of the Rockies' 109. Their rotation is solid enough, anchored by the ace of the staff Sal Hicks along with Tyler Wall and Willie Gilbert, each boasting a WHIP between 1.00 and 1.20. Obviously nowhere near as strong as the Rockies', but they get the job done, helping the Astros win each one of their games this postseason while letting the offense do its job. The batting order is led off by MVP candidate Alonzo Lake, followed by Joe Singleton, Gabriel Wiggens, and power hitter extraordinaire Gaston Snow batting cleanup.

From the way it is looking, the Rockies' dominance all together could already create a compelling case to say they'll claim their first championship. The rotation is unmatched, and the hitting core has been firing on all cylinders. They already took down one of the premier offensive powerhouses of the Reds, though it took all 7 games to officially expel them. The Astros, statistically speaking, is slightly lower than that of the Reds', but they can still push the series to the distance on offense alone. That is where the Rockies' rotation comes in. Historically one of the best the league has seen, we expect them to shut down the Astros' high powered offense in key moments to clinch games in this series where the Astros' rotation cannot.

With all things considered, this series will be close, but the pitching dominance of the Rockies cannot be ignored nor stopped. The Rockies will clinch their first championship with a 6 game series win over the Astros, who will continue to look for their first.

Milwaukee bests the Indians in 5 Games to Claim First World Series

Milwaukee has finally reached the pinnacle. After three years building its star studded roster that involves the likes of Josh Banks, Rodger Lemon, Lenny Trosky, and many others, they are finally World Series champions. And their effort was dominant as well.

Expecting the Indians to cling onto the Brewers in this series, they only took one game, Game 1, and the Cleveland pitchers faltered from there. The Brewers offense torched the usually excellent Indians rotation for 19 runs following their 2 run Game 1 effort, and won a pitching duel 2-1 in Game 5 to clinch their first World Series. The Indians are left still searching for their first, despite appearing in the Series for the third time.

At first, it looked the Indians would indeed hang on. Going into Game 1, Cleveland was still undefeated with a 10-0 record, and have dominated in every start for Brandin Amador to that point. That looked no different in Game 1, with the Indians winning their 11th straight and 6th game with Amador on the mound, who gave up just 4 hits in a 6-2 victory.

In Game 2, about the opposite happened in every way for the Indians. Spencer Hare was chased after only 1.2 innings, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits. Even with a last ditch effort in the top of the ninth (where they scored 5 runs to close in on the Brewers), Milwaukee hung on to win 7-6, effectively ending the Indians winning streak.

The Brewers offense went on from there in Game 3, scoring a run in first 5 innings to go up 5-3, and despite being outhit 11-9, Jeff Walters and the bullpen kept them afloat to win the go ahead game 6-4.

For Game 4, Brandin Amador came back onto the mound go oppose Cy Young winner Isiah Smith for the second time this series. Both pitchers held the opposing offenses mainly at bay, with Amador giving up 3 runs in 8 innings and Smith also giving up 3 runs but in 7 innings. The Brewers held a 3-1 advantage before Joshua Gibson homered off Smith in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game, and would remain so beyond the ninth. There, Milwaukee's offence game back at good time, with Don Greer singling in Alfred Dorsey for the go ahead score, then Josh Banks sealing the deal some more with a two run home run. Closer Blaine Ellis retired the side at the bottom of the tenth to win 6-3 and hold a 3-1 series advantage, one more win from their first World Series win.

Game 5 was by far the closest, with Spencer Hare of the Indians and Dom McDonald of the Brewers opposing in the rubber match. Hare recovered from his 6 run meltdown in Game 2 to give up only 1 run in 6.2 innings, while McDonald allowed 1 run as well in 7.2 innings. Ultimately, with the game tied at 1 entering the bottom of the eight, Roger Lemon drove in Josh Banks for the go ahead run with a triple, and Blaine Ellis held onto the lead to clinch Milwaukee's first championship with a 2-1 win.

The Brewers win seems like a first with many to come, considering the caliber of their roster. They look to contend for a long time. For the Indians, it's another long offseason with their third World Series loss in as many tries. They still have a good roster to work around, and will look to add to their roster some more impact players the Brewers have plenty of. The Brewers will draft 30th in the upcoming draft, while Cleveland will draft 24th. The draft is based on Regular Season record, and playoff outcomes do not decide draft order.


2024 World Series Set Between the Cleveland Indians and the Milwaukee Brewers

With the conclusion of Game 7 of the NLCS, with the Brewers topping the Atlanta Braves, the stage is now set for the 2024 World Series between wild card Indians and first seed Brewers. The Indians have been on the ball this postseason, sweeping the Wild Card Round against the White Sox 2-0, sweeping the top seeded Twins, and again sweeping the Astros in the ALCS to punch into their third World Series appearance. The Brewers, coming into here as the top seed in the NL and also in the playoffs, defeated the wild card Reds in 6 games and battled with the Braves (who were making their second consecutive appearance in the NLCS) for 7 games before coming up on top for their first NL Pennant.

Both strong points for the teams come from their rotation, which has anchored them in all postseason games thus far, allowing their high octane offenses to build up from there.

In their 10 playoff games thus far, the Indians have allowed 4 or more runs just three times, while the lowest runs scored for their offense has been just four (which happened three times) and scoring at least 6 runs in seven of their ten games.

For the Brewers, their pitching hasn't been as solid as the Indians throughout, but in all their wins they've only given up four runs or less while posting 43 total runs in those games. While the Indians have yet to lose, the Brewers have lost 5 times, 27 runs and only scoring 10 runs in those contests (this includes two shutouts sustained versus the Braves plus a 1 run game).

The Indians are making their third World Series in history, and this will be the first time they'll oppose a team that's not the Pittsburgh Pirates. They've sustained losses in their previous two series against Pittsburgh, getting swept in 2016 and losing in 7 games in 2021. This is also the first time they'll make an appearance as a wild card team, losing out in the division to the Twins. The Indians actually had to play a tiebreaker game before making the playoffs officially, playing one game against the Rangers, then making it to the Wild Card Round versus the White Sox.

The Brewers started the season slower than expected, but recovered to go on a 27-5 run to finish off the final stretch of the season, winning the NL Central for the first time. Previously they've only made the playoffs twice as wild cards in 2018 and 2023, losing both times to the Pirates in the NLDS. This will be their first World Series appearance, not really coming close prior in the past due to their inability to reach the NLCS in previous years.

The Brewers roster is loaded with star studded hitters, so this will be a true test to the dominance of the Indians rotation. On the flip side, the Indians will be up against arguably one of the more consistent "top three" of a rotation, with the Brewers lining up Cy Young winner Isiah Smith, Jeff Walters, and Dom McDonald. The Indians oppose them with Brandin Amador, Spencer Hare, and Cody Anderson. Amador, the Game 1 starter, has started in 5 of the 10 games for the Indians, winning them all and only allowing 11 runs and only 4 in his last three starts.

With the combination of a power hitting lineup with a steady pitching core, the Brewers seem primed to lock up their first World Series championship. The Indians will likely hold on, but pitching can only take them so far. Even with a steady lineup Cleveland boasts, it's no match to the Brewers offensive machine.

Official Prediction: Brewers in 7 Games

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