Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout won his third American League (AL) MVP award, while the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger was crowned the National League (NL) winner.

Trout, 28, added to his wins in 2014 and 2016 after enjoying another fine MLB season with the Angels.

The outfielder – an eight-time All-Star – finished 2019 with 45 home runs and 104 RBIs and a .291 batting average.

Only MLB great Barry Bonds (seven) has won more than three MVP awards.

Los Angeles owned the 2019 MVPs, with Dodgers star Bellinger winning the NL prize.

Bellinger – who already won the 2019 Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards to complete the trifecta – hit 47 home runs and 115 RBIs during the season, batting at an impressive .305.

"It's absolutely incredible," said the 24-year-old via MLB Network. "It's really cool that my family and friends are here. I'm a little emotional. It's really cool. It's what you dream of, man, for sure."

Despite Trout's heroics, the Angels missed the playoffs, while the Dodgers were eliminated in the NL Division Series.

Colorado Rockies star Nolan Arenado and Boston Red Sox sensation Mookie Betts highlighted the 2019 Gold Glove Award winners.

MLB announced the winners on Sunday and there were several first-time winners, including Lorenzo Cain of the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers star Cody Bellinger.

The list of winners features the St Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong, Cleveland Indians star Francisco Lindor, JT Realmuto of the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo.

Cleveland and the Oakland Athletics lead the American League with two winners each, while the Arizona Diamondbacks boast three winners in the National League.

Houston Astros ace Zack Greinke and Arizona's Mike Leake each won the award at their respective positions despite being traded to the AL and NL at the deadline in July.

The awards are determined by a vote among managers and coaches, and since 2013, a 25 per cent calculation is based on defensive metrics. 

 

MLB 2019 Gold Glove Winners

American League

1B Matt Olson, Athletics
2B Yolmer Sanchez, White Sox
3B Matt Chapman, Athletics
SS Francisco Lindor, Indians
LF Alex Gordon, Royals
CF Kevin Kiermaier, Rays
RF Mookie Bett, Red Sox
C Roberto Perez, Indians
P Mike Leake, Mariners/Diamondbacks

National League

1B Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
2B Kolten Wong, Cardinals
3B Nolan Arenado, Rockies
SS Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks
LF David Peralta, Diamondbacks
CF Lorenzo Cain, Brewers
RF Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
C JT Realmuto, Phillies
P Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks

Former World Series champion and MVP David Freese announced his retirement from MLB after 11 seasons.

Freese, 36, called it quits on Saturday following the Los Angeles Dodgers' National League Division Series loss to the Washington Nationals.

"Family friends, team-mates, coaches, and fans that handed out support especially when your lives were already full, you helped me more than you know," Freese wrote in a statement via Twitter,

"You took a 23-year-old kid out of college and pushed him to 36 ... As I more forward with the next phase of my life, I am forever grateful to all of you and the game of baseball."

Freese made his debut with the St Louis Cardinals in 2009 and is best known for his dominant performance in the 2011 postseason, where he hit .397 with five homers and a playoff record 21 RBIs.

He won NL Championship Series and World Series MVP for the Cardinals, hitting the game-tying triple and walk-off home run in Game 6 of the World Series to help St Louis capture their 11th championship.

Over the course of his career, Freese played for the Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels, Pittsburgh Pirates and most recently the Dodgers, where he hit .315 with 11 homers and 29 RBIs in 79 games this season.

Freese – an All-Star in 2012 – finishes his career with 113 home runs, 535 RBIs and a slash line of .277/.351/.423.

The Washington Nationals reached the National League Championship Series for the first time in their history after stunning the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 on Wednesday.

Washington's come-from-behind victory in Game 5 midweek sealed a 3-2 NL Division Series triumph for the Nationals in the MLB playoffs.

Trailing 3-1 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, Washington's Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto crushed back-to-back home runs off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw to tie the game. 

Fast forward to the 10, where the Dodgers intentionally walked Soto after allowing two Nationals to reach base to lead off the inning.

Former Dodger Howie Kendrick stepped in and took Joe Kelly deep to right center for a grand slam and a 7-3 lead, which proved to be the winning score.

It was a big moment for the Nationals, who were established in 2005 after the Montreal Expos were relocated – the Expos reached the 1981 Championship Series.

The Nationals will now face the St Louis Cardinals in the NLCS, with a World Series berth on the line.

 

Three takeaways from the Nationals' win over the Dodgers in NLDS Game 5

Buehler came up big for LA

Walker Buehler got the nod from manager Dave Roberts for Game 5 and boy did he deliver.

The 25-year-old surrendered just one run and four hits over 6.6 innings of work while walking three and striking out seven. Buehler also made history as he became the first pitcher ever to strike out at least seven batters in each of his first six postseason games.

Wednesday's start coupled with his performance in Game 1 (6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) gives Buehler a 0.71 ERA this postseason.

Kershaw's playoff struggles continue

While Kershaw did not start Wednesday's game, he did make an appearance after relieving Buehler in the seventh. 

Kershaw managed to get out of a jam, striking out Adam Eaton with two men on and two outs, but it only went downhill from there.

The 31-year-old allowed back-to-back home runs to Rendon and Soto in the eighth as Washington tied the game. 

Heading into the series decider, Kershaw's postseason numbers as a reliever were better than as a starter, but it was a small sample size.

It seems the Dodgers' ace just cannot find his groove when the calendar flips to October.

Nationals' postseason woes finally come to an end

Washington were eliminated in the NLDS in their last four playoff appearances (2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017).

After a dramatic comeback against the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL wild-card game and a victory over the Dodgers in the NLDS, Nationals fans have to be pleased with the performance of their team, especially after a 19-31 start this season.

The Washington Nationals levelled their National League Division Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers courtesy of a 6-1 win.

Washington stayed alive in the MLB playoffs as they forced a deciding Game 5 against Los Angeles on Monday.

The Nationals will now head to Dodger Stadium for Wednesday's winner-take-all clash in Los Angeles.

 

Three takeaways from the Nationals' Game 4 win over the Dodgers

Washington had a boost from likely ... and unlikely places

Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman entered Monday having combined for five hits and one RBI through four postseason appearances this year, but both showed up in a big way when it mattered.

Rendon, who led MLB with 126 RBIs in 2019, went one for two at the plate and drove in three runs on the night — bringing his playoff RBI total to four.

Zimmerman, on the other hand, went two for four and notched the game's lone home run. He tallied three RBIs of his own on Monday.

The Nationals might have expected Rendon to pick things up, but Zimmerman's performance was a pleasant surprise.

The Dodgers' rotation struggled to make batters miss

A host of Los Angeles pitchers were used in short stints against Washington, and none of them were able to establish much of a rhythm. The Nationals simply kept putting the bat on the ball.

The Dodgers' six pitchers only tallied five strikeouts in the contest, and their starter Rich Hill forked up four walks in 2.6 innings of work. No matter who Los Angeles put on the mound, Washington were able to make contact and that sustained their confidence until the offense really got going in the fifth inning.

A lot of runners got left on base

This game could have looked a lot different if either side were able to take advantage of runners on base, as quite a few got stranded while looking to score.

The Dodgers left 15 runners on base in the contest while the Nationals totalled 14. Both Los Angeles and Washington averaged fewer than seven runners left on base per game in 2019.

A few big hits could have helped the Dodgers flip the script, and both teams will want to eliminate their struggles to capitalise on scoring opportunities come Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers exploded for a seven-run sixth inning to beat the Washington Nationals 10-4 on Sunday.

The Dodgers got off to a slow start at the plate but eventually took a 2-1 lead over Washington in the National League Division Series (NLDS), with Game 4 set for Monday.

The Dodgers will go with Rich Hill against Max Scherzer.

 

Three takeaways from Dodgers’ win over the Nationals in NLDS Game 3

Dodgers' seventh-inning rally highlighted their ridiculous depth

The Nationals pitching staff throttled the Dodgers powerful lineup through 5.2 innings, striking out 11 batters in that span.

But an unlikely cast of characters sparked a seven-run rally in the sixth inning.

Cody Bellinger led off with a single but appeared on his way to being stranded after Patrick Corbin fanned the next two batters. Then came the unlikely rally. David Freese singled and fellow 36-year-old Russell Martin followed with a two-RBI double.

After a walk to utility man Chris Taylor, light-hitting Kike Hernandez lined another two-RBI double to left.

The Dodgers have one of the best top-to-bottom offensive lineups in baseball and opposing pitchers venture with extreme caution through the heart of the order. That the Dodgers erupted for seven runs thanks to role players such as Freese, Martin and Hernandez illustrates this team's depth. Martin later added a two-run homer and Freese finished with three hits after coming in as a pinch-hitter in the sixth.

 

Howie Kendrick's baserunning blunder might, or might not, have made a difference

Given the Dodgers' comfortable margin of victory, it might be a reach to point to one play as possibly costing the Nationals a chance at victory. But a base-running blunder might have made a difference in the outcome.

After the Dodgers scored seven in the top of the sixth, the Nats had their own rally in the bottom of the inning. With a run already in and the bases loaded and nobody out, Asdrubal Cabrera lofted a sacrifice fly to right that plated another run. Howie Kendrick, who was on second, tagged up to advance, but inexplicably stopped, then kept going. He was an easy out to complete the double play. Michael Taylor popped out to end the inning. 

It is not a reach to think that if Kendrick makes it safely to third, or even remains at second in scoring position with one out, the Nats might get another run or more in the inning, especially with the top of the lineup possibly getting a chance to come to the plate. Instead, the Nats' deflated rally left them trailing by four.

Don't count the Nationals out

The Nationals are definitely facing an uphill battle in the NLDS. FiveThirtyEight.com now gives them a 21 per cent chance of winning this series.

But people have counted out these Nationals before, only to watch their resilience.

When the Nats stumbled through most of the season's first half under .500, some counted them out. Washington righted the ship and played their way into contention.

When the Nationals had to keep winning down the stretch to make the wild-card spot, they did just that.

When the Nationals trailed Milwaukee in the wild-card game in the eighth inning, with flamethrowing closer Josh Hader on the mound for the Brewers, things seemed very dim indeed. Washington rallied to win.

It is premature to count Washington out, especially with Scherzer going in Game 4. With their ace on the mound, at home, the Nationals have a clear path to the fifth and deciding game in LA. And if the Nats can force that deciding game, there is a 100 per cent chance anything can happen.

Stephen Strasburg starred to lead the Washington Nationals to a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

The 31-year-old righty tossed six innings of one-run ball in the Nationals' victory in Game 2 of the National League Division Series (NLDS). That start put him in the elitist of elite company as they levelled the series at 1-1.

In Strasburg's postseason career, he now has a 0.64 ERA which surpasses Sandy Koufax (0.94) for the lowest ERA of a starter in playoff history.

 

Three takeaways from Nationals' Game 2 NLDS win over Dodgers

Dodgers' decision to start Walker Buehler Game 1 was two-fold

Some people were surprised Walker Buehler got the call to start Game 1 for the Dodgers on Thursday. But we are here to tell you it was for two reasons, both of which have been clear as day in the first two games.

Buehler is the Dodgers' ace now. He has the best fastball, the best stuff and the best swing-and-miss stuff as well. While Ryu Hyun-jin is a Cy Young contender and Clayton Kershaw has three Cy Young awards, they are really just aces in name at this point. Buehler is their best.

Second, the decision was strategic. The Nationals are better against finesse pitchers and guys with average velocity than they are against hard throwers. This season Washington batted .249 against power pitchers. The Nationals hit .265 and .273 respectively against everyone else. Buehler averages 96.6mph on his fastball. Kershaw and Ryu average 90.4mph and 90.6mph respectively.

So to hear that Buehler gave up two hits and no runs in six innings of work in a 6-0 Game 1 win and Kershaw gave up six hits and three runs in six innings of work in Game 2 should not come as a surprise at all. That is not to say Kershaw is not good or that he has not struggled in the postseason, but the numbers explain a lot about these first two games. It also may provide a forecast for the Nationals' future success against Ryu in Game 3.

 

Stephen Strasburg's ridiculous off-speed pitches

It was hard not to marvel at Strasburg's curveball and his ability to use it off of his fastball to make batters look silly.

But it is not just his curveball that is unbelievable. His changeup is just as nasty.

According to Fangraphs, Strasburg threw his curveball 1,036 times in 2019. Hitters got hits 25 times in 228 official at-bats. That is a .162 batting average against. But what is even more amazing is his changeup was even more unhittable. On 701 changeups thrown this year, Strasburg allowed 16 hits in 172 at-bats for a .140 batting average against.

Did Max Scherzer find a second calling?

We know Max Scherzer is a three-time Cy Young award winner and one of the best starters in the game when he is healthy. But it was not a foregone conclusion he would be that coming out in the draft in 2006. Scherzer had a relatively high walk rate as a sophomore and a notable head whack in his delivery that often lends itself to relief pitchers in the long run.

Again though, we know who Scherzer is. But, he might have shown us what he could be if he has to take the path of John Smoltz at the end of his career in Game 2 on Friday. Scherzer came into the game in the eighth inning and was absolutely untouchable. He struck out the side and made Gavin Lux, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson look completely silly.

While Scherzer was never destined to be a reliever, there was some truth to the fact that when he was coming out in the draft if he was not able to stick as a starter he could be a shutdown reliever in the late innings. Game 2 was living proof.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in a very familiar position after their 6-0 win over the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the National League Division Series (NLDS).

Los Angeles are out in front 1-0 in the NLDS for the third straight year and fourth time in the past six seasons.

Of the four series the Dodgers started 1-0, they have gone on to win all four. Now the Nationals will have to fight back with Stephen Strasburg in Game 2 on Friday.

 

Three takeaways from Dodgers' Game 1 NLDS win over Nationals

First-inning nerves cost Patrick Corbin, Nationals

Patrick Corbin's nerves very well may have cost the Nationals Game 1.

Corbin walked four batters and a run in the first inning. He is just the second pitcher in MLB history to walk four batters in the first inning of his first playoff start and the first since Art Reinhart in 1926, according to Stats.

Corbin not only gave up a run, but he threw 31 pitches which shortened his outing. He was at nearly 100 in the fifth inning. If there is one thing to point to for why the Nationals lost this game, it is easy to pick out Corbin's first inning.

 

Walker Buehler is the Dodgers' ace

On the other hand, Walker Buehler is the reason the Dodgers won the game.

Buehler was masterful, and nasty, tossing six innings while allowing one hit and no runs in the win for the Dodgers.

It came as a bit of a surprise when Buehler was named the Game 1 starter over names like Clayton Kershaw and Ryu Hyun-jin. But Buehler has been the Dodgers' best pitcher since about the middle of the 2018 season and it has everything to do with his stuff and competitiveness.

Buehler is now only 1-1 in his postseason career, but he has given up just 10 runs in 29.2 innings pitched (3.03 ERA) while striking out 37. And his start in the World Series last year against the best lineup in MLB in the Boston Red Sox was a pure masterpiece.

He was also masterful in Game 1 and is now undoubtedly the Dodgers' best pitcher. 

 

Nationals' hitting woes rear ugly head again

No matter how good the Nationals' pitching staff is, their offense has to be better than it has been since 2014 in the playoffs.

Coming into this series, over the past 15 playoff games the Nationals failed to score more than three runs seven times. Now, over their past 16 games, that number is up to eight.

Washington have tons of talent in their lineup with MVP candidate Anthony Rendon, stud youngster Juan Soto and two very good table-setters in Trea Turner and Adam Eaton, but the Nationals struggle mightily at the plate in the postseason, and through one NLDS game this year, it does not look like they learned much from years past.

The National League Division Series are set.

The Washington Nationals will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers after winning a dramatic wild-card game against the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3.

The St Louis Cardinals will battle the Atlanta Braves for a place in the Championship Series, and we have previewed both match-ups for you.

 

Key storylines

Will Dallas Keuchel be the key to the Braves taking the next step?

This is why the Braves went out and signed Keuchel in the middle of the season. The lefty got World Series experience with the Astros and made multiple appearances in the postseason with Houston. He gives the Braves a veteran for their rotation to send out in Game 1 of the NLDS and possibly for a second time in Game 4 or 5. But will he be what they need to advance to the next round? Or will he struggle as he did in his final few outings in the playoffs for Houston (4.43 ERA last four appearances)?

Can the Nationals hit consistently in their match-up with the Dodgers?

While Max Scherzer can catch some flak for lacklustre postseason performances with the Nationals, it has truly been the line-up that has let Washington down in the playoffs over the last few years. Since 2014, Washington have averaged 3.8 runs per game in the playoffs, scoring three runs or fewer in seven of their 15 games. The Dodgers have a solid pitching staff. Will the line-up do enough to support a rotation that will likely keep the Nationals in all of their games?

Players to watch

Jack Flaherty, SP, Cardinals

The 23-year-old righty might have been the best pitcher in MLB down the stretch in 2019. In the second half, Flaherty put up a 0.91 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in 99 1/3 innings. He will not get to start Game 1 on Thursday, but he will likely pitch Game 2 on Friday and will either have a chance to send the Cardinals back to St Louis tied 1-1 or up 2-0.

Kenley Jansen, CP, Dodgers

The Dodgers decided to stand pat at the deadline and did not go out and get either an additional closer in the market or at least a man who could step in and take over in case Jansen struggled. Los Angeles' closer posted a career-worst 3.71 ERA this year while blowing a career-high eight saves. This could easily be seen as an anomaly with hope that he will get over it in the playoffs, but in the last two years he has had some serious postseason breakdowns. He has posted a 3.55 ERA with four home runs allowed in nine appearances in the World Series over the last two years. Jansen struggled again during the regular season. The Nationals showed in the wild-card game they can get to good closers in the late innings. Will that factor into the series?

Predictions

Braves over the Cardinals in five games

The Braves have an odd advantage in this one: the Cardinals haven't faced Keuchel or Max Fried yet this season. The one pitcher they will definitely face in the playoffs is Mike Soroka and he dominated them to a tune of a 0.69 ERA in 13 innings (two starts) this season. But the Cardinals have had success with their pitching as well, so this will come down to the two line-ups. The Braves' line-up is better. They tasted the postseason last year and their young hitters have more experience under their belt. That will be the difference.

Nationals over the Dodgers in five games

The Nationals' starting rotation looks to strong to think they will lose with the way they are set up. The Dodgers have to face Patrick Corbin in Game 1. He shut out Los Angeles over seven innings in his lone start against them this season and the Dodgers showed massive vulnerability in match-ups against lefties in the playoffs last year. They addressed that by playing Cody Bellinger every day but this year the Dodgers were not as good against lefties as they were righties. But beyond that Los Angeles will have to face Stephen Strasburg in Game 2 and he is an absolute beast in the postseason. The Dodgers could easily be down 2-0 going back to Washington. But the Nationals still have to hit in this series. That is the x-factor. If they do not the Dodgers will win. But it is undeniable how well the Nationals' pitching sets up for the NLDS against the Dodgers.

Walker Buehler will start for the Los Angeles Dodgers in their MLB National League Division Series opener against the Washington Nationals.

Buehler will take to the mound for Thursday's game one against the Nationals, ahead of three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and 2019 contender Hyun-Jin Ryu.

The 25-year-old Buehler, who played his college baseball at Vanderbilt, went 14-4 with a 3.26 ERA this season.

Of all the Dodgers starters, he possesses the best fastball averaging 96.6 mph on his heater this year.

The Nationals were significantly better against finesse pitchers like Ryu and Kershaw this season, posting a .273 batting average against them, while batting .249 against power pitchers like Buehler.

Washington will counter with Patrick Corbin, who threw seven shut-out innings against the Dodgers in his only start against Los Angeles this year.

The Washington Nationals erased a deficit to stun the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 and advance to the MLB's National League Division Series.

Tuesday's wild-card clash saw the Nationals stage an improbably comeback in the eighth inning in front of a sold-out crowd of 42,993 at Nationals Park.

The Brewers had Josh Hader on the mound and the Nationals had the bottom of the line-up at the plate.

But Michael Taylor was hit by a pitch, Ryan Zimmerman reached on a broken-bat single and Anthony Rendon walked to load the bases.

Then Juan Soto broke the Brewers' hearts as the Nationals earned a NLDS showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

Oh no!

Oh no! Oh no!

There was no other way to react and nothing else to say in the bottom of the eighth as the Nationals batted with two outs and the bases loaded down 3-1.

First, Soto did a great job of putting the ball in play and likely tying the game with a single to right field. That was good. But here is where the "Oh no!" comes in.

Rookie Trent Grisham – who is only playing right field because Christian Yelich is sidelined for the remainder of the season due to injury — let the ball bounce off his glove and go behind him. That mistake allowed Rendon to score from first and gave the Nationals the lead.

There is nothing else to say but "Oh no!"

It was just a gut-wrenching moment for a player in Grisham who has been a great story this year. Just heartbreaking.

Baseball in 2019

If a friend of yours had no idea what baseball was like in 2019, if he or she watched the first five innings of Tuesday's game they would get a perfect microcosm of the sport today.

- The first two runs of the game were scored on a walk and a home run.
- All four runs were scored via the homer.
- Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff only threw four innings.
- Woodruff threw 19 pitches over 99 mph after throwing 29 over that speed all season.
- Eric Thames hit a home run with one arm on a curveball down and out of the zone.

Baseball is a power-hitting, hitter-friendly, quick-pull game in 2019. This is not your father's game, but it is what is in store for the 2019 postseason.

Scherzer's postseason career is beginning to look a lot like Kershaw's

There is zero doubt Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw's are Hall of Famers. They are arguably the best right- and left-handed pitchers of their generations and will go down in history among the greatest. But there is little doubt Kershaw's career is marred by mediocre playoff performances. And at this point, the same goes for Scherzer.

The three-time Cy Young winner gave up three runs in five gruelling innings for the Nationals on Tuesday and put his team in a 2-0 hole before he even got an out. Yasmani Grandal smacked a home run on the first pitch he saw after Trent Grisham walked to lead off the game.

He also put the Nationals down 3-0 before he recorded an out in the second on Thames' homer. Scherzer had been just OK with the Nationals in the playoffs coming into Tuesday's game, but after it was over his numbers were shockingly average. In five career postseason games with Washington (four starts), Scherzer has gone 0-2 with a 4.06 ERA. He has given up five home runs in 24.3 innings with 18 hits and nine walks. 

His career postseason ERA now sits at 3.82. Kershaw's sits at 4.32. Scherzer is now 4-6 and Kershaw is 9-10. These two are all-time greats, but they, unfortunately, will always be seen as pitchers who struggled in the biggest moments.

The St Louis Cardinals claimed the MLB's National League Central title with a 9-0 rout of the Chicago Cubs.

Sunday's victory improved the Cardinals' record to 91-71, and they completed the regular season in dominant fashion to finish two games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers, who lost to the Colorado Rockies in 13 innings.

Paul Goldschmidt went three for four, hit a home run and tallied two RBIs for St Louis, while Matt Carpenter notched three RBIs of his own.

The Cubs, who before the game fired manager Joe Maddon, managed only three hits, with Jack Flaherty striking out six in seven scoreless innings.

The Cardinals now turn their attention to the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, which gets underway on Wednesday.

 

Lynn leads Rangers past Yankees

Lance Lynn tallied 10 strikeouts as the Texas Rangers topped the New York Yankees 6-1.

Brad Miller went four for five and hit two home runs but the Miami Marlins topped the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3.

Matt Thaiss hit a pair of home runs and drove in four in the Los Angeles Angels' 8-5 loss to the Houston Astros.

 

Reds win but Peraza struggles

Jose Peraza went 0 for five as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1.

Washington's Matt Adams went 0 for four in the Nationals' 8-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.

 

Wilkerson with a highlight-reel catch!

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Stevie Wilkerson hauls in arguably the most spectacular catch of 2019.

 

Sunday's results

Washington Nationals 8-2 Cleveland Indians
Texas Rangers 6-1 New York Yankees
Miami Marlins 4-3 Philadelphia Phillies
Cincinnati Reds 3-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 San Francisco Giants
Boston Red Sox 5-4 Baltimore Orioles
Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 Tampa Bay Rays
Houston Astros 8-5 Los Angeles Angels
Chicago White Sox 5-3 Detroit Tigers
Colorado Rockies 4-3 Milwaukee Brewers
Seattle Mariners 3-1 Oakland Athletics
Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 San Diego Padres
Kansas City Royals 5-4 Minnesota Twins
New York Mets 7-6 Atlanta Braves
St Louis Cardinals 9-0 Chicago Cubs

 

Brewers at Nationals

Playoff baseball has finally arrived. Nationals ace Max Scherzer (11-7, 2.93 ERA) faces Brandon Woodruff (11-3, 3.62) in the wild-card clash.

The Nationals now have a crucial advantage in the National League wild-card game following their 10-7 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Saturday's victory against the already-eliminated Indians, the Nationals will host the MLB playoff contest at the beginning of October.

Gerardo Parra hit a grand slam in a whopping nine-run second inning to highlight the triumph, which is Washington's seventh consecutive win.

"I don't have to go home and pack," manager Dave Martinez said after the game, via ESPN. "Nice to stay at home. The boys wanted to stay at home, so they came out and swung the bats."

Nationals star Parra finished two of four for the night, along with Ryan Zimmerman, while Daniel Hudson earned the win after pitching one hitless inning.

 

Mets rookie Alonso sets record

Pete Alonso hit his 53rd home run on Saturday, which is more than any rookie in MLB history – surpassing Aaron Judge's record set in 2017. The New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0.

Houston Astros star Justin Verlander struck out his 3,000th batter to become just the 18th pitcher to reach the milestone.

Hyun-jin Ryu pitched seven solid innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers claimed their 105th win. He allowed five hits while striking out seven in the 2-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

 

Rays struggle against Jays

The Tampa Bay Rays recorded only three hits in a 4-1 loss against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays had seven starters lay goose eggs, including Austin Meadows, Jesus Aguilar and Nate Lowe, who all went 0 for four.

Edwin Jackson gave up three runs on four hits in just three innings of work in the Detroit Tigers' 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Detroit split the doubleheader after a 4-3 victory.

 

Soler homers… again

What else do you expect from Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler? (P.S. This was his second home run of the game.)

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Villar has power and speed.

 

Saturday's results

Baltimore Orioles 9-4 Boston Red Sox
Minnesota Twins 4-3 Kansas City Royals
Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago White Sox 7-1 Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers 4-3 Chicago White Sox
Washington Nationals 10-7 Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 San Francisco Giants
Philadelphia Phillies 9-3 Miami Marlins
New York Mets 3-0 Atlanta Braves
Chicago Cubs 8-6 St Louis Cardinals
Texas Rangers 9-4 New York Yankees
Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies 3-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Houston Astros 6-3 Los Angeles Angels
Oakland Athletics 1-0 Seattle Mariners
Cincinnati Reds 4-2 Pittsburgh Pirates

 

Brewers at Rockies

Sunday marks the last day of the regular season and there is a lot at stake. One of the biggest games will be a must-win contest for the Brewers. They trail the Cardinals by one game after losing on Saturday. A Brewers win along with a Cardinals loss will put the two teams in a tie for first place in the NL Central, which would force Game 163. That is not all. The Rays are hoping for a win of their own, and an A's loss, to force a tie-breaker to decide who gets home-field advantage for the American League wild-card game.

The Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics clinched the final two American League (AL) playoff spots on Friday, while the Cleveland Indians will miss the postseason for the first time since 2015.

The Indians lost to the Washington Nationals 8-2, which earned a wild-card spot for the Athletics. The Rays later punched their own wild-card ticket with a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. It will be their first postseason appearance since 2013.

The Rays exceeded expectations this year, thanks in part to Tyler Glasnow. Although he missed almost four months with a strained forearm, when healthy the 6-8 right hander has been a beast. He pitched 4.1 innings of no-hit ball against the Blue Jays on Friday, striking out four. He now has a 1.78 ERA in 12 outings this year.

Outfielder Austin Meadows, who came over to the Rays with Glasnow in the deal that sent Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the trade deadline last year, homered in the ninth to provide an insurance run.

"Wow. This is a wow factor what has taken place," Rays manager Kevin Cash told Fox Sports afterward. "We were really good last year, we got better this year."

 

Awesome Alonso

Mets slugger Pete Alonso hit his 52nd home run of the season, tying him with Aaron Judge for most home runs by an MLB rookie in New York's 4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Outfielder Raimel Tapia crushed a pinch-hit grand slam in the sixth inning to break open the Colorado Rockies' game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Orioles right-hander Asher Wojciechowski stymied the Boston Red Sox, striking out six in six scoreless innings in a 4-1 Baltimore victory.

 

Goody struggles

Indians reliever Nick Goody gave up four runs in 0.2 of an inning as Cleveland fell to the Nationals and were eliminated from playoff contention.

 

Newman's well-timed blast

Kevin Newman walks it off for the Pirates against the Cincinnati Reds with his second home run of the game in a 6-5 Pittsburgh victory.

"He just bunted a double!" Cavan Biggio hustled for the most improbable two-base hit of the year. 

Albert Almora Jr. went up, up and up to rob a home run.

Friday's results

Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 Miami Marlins
Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Cincinnati Reds
Washington Nationals 8-2 Cleveland Indians
Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles 4-1 Boston Red Sox
New York Mets 4-2 Atlanta Braves
New York Yankees 14-7 Texas Rangers
Colorado Rockies 11-7 Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins 6-2 Kansas City Royals
Chicago Cubs 8-2 St Louis Cardinals
Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3 San Diego Padres
Houston Astros 4-0 Los Angeles Angels
Seattle Mariners 4-3 Oakland Athletics
Los Angeles Dodgers 9-2 San Francisco Giants

 

Cubs at Cardinals

The National League (NL) Central title was supposed to be on the line in this season-ending series, but the Cubs were eliminated from contention after inexplicably losing nine in a row. Yet the Cards and Brewers are still battling for the division crown. The Cardinals will go with Adam Wainwright, who gave up five earned runs in five innings in his last start against the Diamondbacks on Monday. Cole Hamels gets the start for the reeling Cubs.

The Seattle Mariners lost 3-1 to the Oakland Athletics as Felix Hernandez made his final start for the MLB team on Thursday.

Mariners fans at T-Mobile Park literally cheered every strike from the 33-year-old – one of the most beloved players in Seattle history – honouring the veteran nicknamed 'King Felix'.

Hernandez exited the game to a standing ovation with one out in the sixth inning, after 106 pitches. He gave up three earned runs on five hits, striking out three and walking four.

The performance was a microcosm of Hernandez's final couple of seasons with Seattle. The six-time All-Star and 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner has battled injuries and ineffectiveness, winning only one of his past 25 starts dating to July 1, 2018.

His 6.40 ERA this season is so un-King like for a pitcher who twice led the league in ERA and holds the Mariners' all-time record for victories with 169.

But Thursday was a final chance to remember the King Felix who left Mariners fans with so many great memories through the years. Fans showed their love for the popular pitcher throughout the night. They cheered wildly as he walked from the bullpen and took the mound before the game.

And when Hernandez struck out Sean Murphy for his first strikeout in the second inning, the crowd erupted, and he immediately pointed at fans along the left-field line in the "King's Court," who held up "K" signs.

As he exited the game, fans chanted "Felix! Felix!" as he walked to the dugout, acknowledging the crowd.

Hernandez's future is unclear as he enters free agency this offseason. But for one night, Seattle fans treated him like a King one final time.

 

Astudillo leads Twins

Minnesota Twins third baseman Willians Astudillo homered and had four hits, scored four runs and drove in two in a 10-4 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Danny Santana homered and had four RBIs as the Texas Rangers topped the Boston Red Sox 7-5.

 

Indians silenced by White Sox

The Cleveland Indians' playoff hopes are on life support, but the team's bats fell silent against the Chicago White Sox. Five Chicago hurlers in a bullpen-by-committee performance shut out the Indians on four hits, striking out 10 in an 8-0 victory.

 

Haseley says no to Gomes!

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Adam Haseley stole a home run from Yan Gomes and made it look easy in a 6-3 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Cincinnati Reds players saluted long-time announcer Marty Brennaman, who called the final game of his 46-year broadcast career against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

 

Thursday's results

Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 Cincinnati Reds
Minnesota Twins 10-4 Detroit Tigers
Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 San Diego Padres
Texas Rangers 7-5 Boston Red Sox
Washington Nationals 6-3 Philadelphia Phillies
San Francisco Giants 8-3 Colorado Rockies
Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 Chicago Cubs
Miami Marlins 4-2 New York Mets
Chicago White Sox 8-0 Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles Angels 4-3 Houston Astros
Oakland Athletics 3-1 Seattle Mariners

 

Indians at Nationals

The Indians, who are fighting for a wild-card spot, send right-hander Zach Plesac (8-6, 3.82) to the mound against the Nats, who have already punched their postseason ticket.

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