As David Wright spent most of this summer sidelined by a serious back ailment, he ignored those who doubted his future and longed for the opportunity to do what he did on Friday night, when he once again played the role of captain while helping the Mets claim a 3-1 win over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
Here’s a look at some of the top moments, courtesy of @MLBGIFs, from a full day of Division Series action that saw the Rangers take a 2-0 series lead over the Blue Jays with a 6-4, 14-inning victory; the Royals even their series with the Astros with a 5-4 win in Game 2; the Cardinals open with a 4-0 shutout of the Cubs; and the Mets beat the Dodgers in Game 1 of their series.
In desperate need of outfield depth, the Angels claimed Todd Cunningham off waivers from the Braves on Friday. Cunningham is out of options, but the Angels can keep him in the organization by slipping him through waivers, like they did with Roger Kieschnick and Alfredo Marte early last offseason.
Johnny Cueto, the Royals’ big acquisition at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, seemingly gave Kansas City exactly what it needed — a horse at the top of the rotation that could not only carry the team to the regular-season finish line, but also pick it up in big games in October. Like, for example, its 5-4 win over the Astros in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
The Astros are baseball’s feel-good story this October. After a combined 416 losses the four previous seasons, they made it into the postseason this year. Impressive? Darn right. Satisfying? Not a chance
Ben Zobrist’s clutch hit helped the Royals rally from a three-run deficit, and it proved to be the game-winner in Friday’s 5-4 win, which evened the ALDS at 1-1.
It took four hours and 57 minutes, but the Rangers finally topped the Blue Jays on Friday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series. The 6-4 victory in 14 innings allows Texas to leave Toronto with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
There was little question Jon Lester would be the Cubs’ Game 1 starter in the National League Division Series. With Jake Arrieta on regular rest, there was no doubt he’d get the Game 3 nod. But who would the Cubs send to the mound Saturday in Game 2 (4:30 p.m. CT on TBS) against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium? The way Kyle Hendricks pitched in his last two starts provided the Cubs with an obvious answer.
Colby Rasmus, who homered in both Tuesday’s AL Wild Card Game victory over the Yankees and again in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday, is the first player in Major League history to have an extra-base hit in each of his first six postseason games.