The MR. OCTOBERS of ALCS Game 4 and NLCS Game 3

The ALCS Game 4 MR. OCTOBERS were Liam Hendriks (even though they got blown out, he by far had the best pitching performance between the two teams) and Lorenzo Cain.

The NLCS Game 3 MR. OCTOBERS, meanwhile, were Jacob deGrom (he could have done better, but…) and Yoenis Cespedes.

PP Daniel Murphy 11

P Marcus Stroman 11

P Jeurys Familia 9

P Noah Syndergaard 8

P Jacob deGrom 8

PP Yoenis Cespedes 8

PP Jorge Soler 6

PP Jose Bautista 6

PP Alex Rios 6

P Johnny Cueto 6

P Edinson Volquez 5

PP Alcides Escobar 5

PP Mike Moustakas 5

P Kelvin Herrera 5

P Matt Harvey 5

PP Travis d’Arnaud 5

PP Ryan Goins 5

P Liam Hendriks 5

PP Lorenzo Cain 5

P Dallas Keuchel 4*

P Jake Diekman 3*

PP Rougned Odor 3*

P Collin McHugh 3*

PP Kendrys Morales 3

P Shawn Tolleson 3*

PP Delino DeShields 3*

PP Salvador Perez 3

P Ryan Madson 3

P John Lackey 3*

PP Stephen Piscotty 3*

PP David Wright 3

P Travis Wood 3

PP Adrian Gonzalez 3*

PP Chris Carter 3*

P Marco Estrada 3

PP Troy Tulowitzki 3

P Wade Davis 3

PP Carlos Correa 3*

P Roberto Osuna 3

PP Kevin Pillar 3

P Pedro Strop 3

P Justin Grimm 3

PP Javier Baez 3

P Clayton Kershaw 3*

PP Justin Turner 3*

PP Colby Rasmus 1*

PP Kyle Schwarber 1

P Jake Arrieta 1

The MR. OCTOBERS of Game 3 of the ALCS

The MR. OCTOBERS of last night’s ALCS game were Marcus Stroman (basically by default- he didn’t do that great) and Ryan Goins.

Standings so far (PP= Position Player, P= Pitcher, * means eliminated from playoffs):

PP Daniel Murphy 11

P Marcus Stroman 11

P Jeurys Familia 9

P Noah Syndergaard 8

PP Jorge Soler 6

PP Jose Bautista 6

PP Alex Rios 6

P Johnny Cueto 6

P Edinson Volquez 5

PP Alcides Escobar 5

PP Mike Moustakas 5

P Kelvin Herrera 5

P Matt Harvey 5

PP Travis d’Arnaud 5

PP Ryan Goins

P Dallas Keuchel 4*

P Jake Diekman 3*

PP Rougned Odor 3*

P Collin McHugh 3*

PP Kendrys Morales 3

P Shawn Tolleson 3*

PP Delino DeShields 3*

PP Salvador Perez 3

P Ryan Madson 3

P John Lackey 3*

PP Stephen Piscotty 3*

P Jacob deGrom 3

PP David Wright 3

P Travis Wood 3

PP Adrian Gonzalez 3*

PP Chris Carter 3*

P Marco Estrada 3

PP Troy Tulowitzki 3

P Wade Davis 3

PP Carlos Correa 3*

P Roberto Osuna 3

PP Kevin Pillar 3

P Pedro Strop 3

PP Yoenis Cespedes 3

P Justin Grimm 3

PP Javier Baez 3

P Clayton Kershaw 3*

PP Justin Turner 3*

PP Colby Rasmus 1*

PP Kyle Schwarber 1

P Jake Arrieta 1

The MR. OCTOBERS of Game 2 of the NLCS

Last night’s MR. OCTOBERS were Noah Syndergaard and Daniel Murphy. Five points to each of them!

Standings so far (PP= Position Player, P= Pitcher, * means eliminated from playoffs):

PP Daniel Murphy 11

P Jeurys Familia 9

P Noah Syndergaard 8

PP Jorge Soler 6

P Marcus Stroman 6

PP Jose Bautista 6

PP Alex Rios 6

P Johnny Cueto 6

P Edinson Volquez 5

PP Alcides Escobar 5

PP Mike Moustakas 5

P Kelvin Herrera 5

P Matt Harvey 5

PP Travis d’Arnaud 5

P Dallas Keuchel 4*

P Jake Diekman 3*

PP Rougned Odor 3*

P Collin McHugh 3*

PP Kendrys Morales 3

P Shawn Tolleson 3*

PP Delino DeShields 3*

PP Salvador Perez 3

P Ryan Madson 3

P John Lackey 3*

PP Stephen Piscotty 3*

P Jacob deGrom 3

PP David Wright 3

P Travis Wood 3

PP Adrian Gonzalez 3*

PP Chris Carter 3*

P Marco Estrada 3

PP Troy Tulowitzki 3

P Wade Davis 3

PP Carlos Correa 3*

P Roberto Osuna 3

PP Kevin Pillar 3

P Pedro Strop 3

PP Yoenis Cespedes 3

P Justin Grimm 3

PP Javier Baez 3

P Clayton Kershaw 3*

PP Justin Turner 3*

PP Colby Rasmus 1*

PP Kyle Schwarber 1

P Jake Arrieta 1

The MR. OCTOBERS of ALCS Games 1 and 2 and NLCS Game 1

In the LCS round, every Mr. October gets five points.

So, anyway….

ALCS Game 1: Edinson Volquez and Alcides Escobar

ALCS Game 2: Mike Moustakas and Kelvin Herrera

NLCS Game 1: Matt Harvey and Travis d’Arnaud

Standings so far (PP= Position Player, P= Pitcher, * means eliminated from playoffs):

P Jeurys Familia 9

PP Jorge Soler 6

P Marcus Stroman 6

PP Jose Bautista 6

PP Alex Rios 6

P Johnny Cueto 6

PP Daniel Murphy 6

P Edinson Volquez 5

PP Alcides Escobar 5

PP Mike Moustakas 5

P Kelvin Herrera 5

P Matt Harvey 5

PP Travis d’Arnaud 5

P Dallas Keuchel 4*

P Jake Diekman 3*

PP Rougned Odor 3*

P Collin McHugh 3*

PP Kendrys Morales 3

P Shawn Tolleson 3*

PP Delino DeShields 3*

PP Salvador Perez 3

P Ryan Madson 3

P John Lackey 3*

PP Stephen Piscotty 3*

P Jacob deGrom 3

PP David Wright 3

P Travis Wood 3

P Noah Syndergaard 3

PP Adrian Gonzalez 3*

PP Chris Carter 3*

P Marco Estrada 3

PP Troy Tulowitzki 3

P Wade Davis 3

PP Carlos Correa 3*

P Roberto Osuna 3

PP Kevin Pillar 3

P Pedro Strop 3

PP Yoenis Cespedes 3

P Justin Grimm 3

PP Javier Baez 3

P Clayton Kershaw 3*

PP Justin Turner 3*

PP Colby Rasmus 1*

PP Kyle Schwarber 1

P Jake Arrieta 1

 

Headlines From Around The Continuum (October 16, 2015)

A sampling of baseball-related headlines from the Newseum, elsewhere, and occasionally some websites, with the occasional note from me on what they are talking about:

Headline: Mets beat Dodgers, will face Cubs in NLCS

New York Times: Joy in Metsville

Daily News (Front): UT YOURS!

Daily News (Back): DAN-TASTIC

NY Post (Front): YOU METCHA!

NY Post (Back): DANTASTIC!

Newsday (Front): BRING ON THE CUBS!

Newsday (Back): YES!

METRO- NEW YORK: MIGHTY METS

LA Daily News: METS GIVE DODGERS THE BLUES… AGAIN (This was also used with affiliated papers.)

La Opinion (Los Angeles): Corazón roto (“Broken heart”)

Orange County Register: DODGERS’ BLUNDERS ADD UP

Bakersfield Californian: LIGHTS OUT ON DODGERS’ POSTSEASON

The Record (Bergen County, NJ): Mets’ faith pays off

Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Ca.): FIZZLING AT FINISH

Times Herald-Record (Middletown, NY): JUST AMAZIN’

Monterey (Ca.) Herald): Mets reach NLCS, send Dodgers packing

Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY): HOW ‘BOUT THE BIG APPLE?

Santa Maria (Ca.) Times: Dodgers done

Ventura County (Ca.) Star:  Season at an end

Chicago Sun-Times: NLCS SET: CUBS VS. METS

Daytona Beach (FL) News-Journal: Volusia County’s Jacob deGrom pitches Mets to NLCS

Gainesville (FL) Sun: METS EDGE DODGERS, ADVANCE TO NLCS

The MR. OCTOBERS of the LDS Game 5s

I decided to hold back on declaring MR. OCTOBERS for the League Division Game 5s until all three Game 5s were done, thus allowing me to wrap up the LDS round in a nice bow. Now, since Game 5 (or, in 7-game series, Game 7) are worth double points, the MR. OCTOBERS of these games got double points, in this case, six points.

So, who were the MR. OCTOBERS?

In Texas vs. Toronto, the Mr. Octobers were Marcus Stroman, and Jose Bautista, who unleashed the Bat-Flip Of The Gods.

In Kansas City vs. Houston, the Mr. Octobers were Alex Rios and Johnny Cueto.

And, finally, in last night’s Dodgers-Mets game, they were Daniel Murphy and Jeurys Familia.

Standings so far (PP= Position Player, P= Pitcher, * means eliminated from playoffs):

P Jeurys Familia 9

PP Jorge Soler 6

P Marcus Stroman 6

PP Jose Bautista 6

PP Alex Rios 6

P Johnny Cueto 6

PP Daniel Murphy 6

P Dallas Keuchel 4*

P Jake Diekman 3*

PP Rougned Odor 3*

P Collin McHugh 3*

PP Kendrys Morales 3

P Shawn Tolleson 3*

PP Delino DeShields 3*

PP Salvador Perez 3

P Ryan Madson 3

P John Lackey 3*

PP Stephen Piscotty 3*

P Jacob deGrom 3

PP David Wright 3

P Travis Wood 3

P Noah Syndergaard 3

PP Adrian Gonzalez 3*

PP Chris Carter 3*

P Marco Estrada 3

PP Troy Tulowitzki 3

P Wade Davis 3

PP Carlos Correa 3*

P Roberto Osuna 3

PP Kevin Pillar 3

P Pedro Strop 3

PP Yoenis Cespedes 3

P Justin Grimm 3

PP Javier Baez 3

P Clayton Kershaw 3*

PP Justin Turner 3*

PP Colby Rasmus 1*

PP Kyle Schwarber 1

P Jake Arrieta 1

Headlines from Around The Continuum (October 15, 2015)

A sampling of baseball-related headlines from the Newseum, elsewhere, and occasionally some websites, with the occasional note from me on what they are talking about:

Headline: Blue Jays advance to ALCS after bat-!@#$ insane Game 5

(Toronto) Globe and Mail: JAYS TAKE FANS ON A WILD RIDE TO REMEMBER

National Post: COMEBACK KIDS

Toronto Star: SING ALONG, YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO … JOSE! JOSE! JOSE! JOSE!

Dallas Morning News: A tough way to go

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Seventh-inning collapse collapse ends Rangers’ season

Calgary Herald: BAUTISTA POWERS BLUE JAYS INTO ALCS

Calgary Sun: TRUE BLUE!

Canada’s Metro papers: BRING ‘EM ON or FLIPPING OUT IN TORONTO

Edmonton Journal: JAYS MOVE ON AFTER WILD WIN

Guelph Mercury: Bautista’s big blast

Hamilton Spectator: WHAT A WIN!

Waterloo Region Record: What a game!

La Presse (Montreal): UN MATCH FOU! (“A CRAZY GAME!”)

Ottawa Citizen: SEVENTH-INNING SMASH!

Prince George Citizen: JOSÉ! JOSÉ! JOSÉ!

Le Journal de Quebec: Les Jays sensationnels (“The Jays sensational”)

Citrus County (FL) Chronicle: It’s been a while: Toronto Blue Jays advance to ALCS

Augusta (GA) Chronicle: A WILD RIDE

The Gleaner (Henderson, KY): BLUE JAYS FLY INTO ALCS

Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, PA): TORONTO’S WILD WIN

Vanguardia (Saltillo, Mexico): El héroe de Toronto (“The hero of Toronto”, referring to Roberto Osuna, who is Mexican)

La Prensa (Managua, Nicaragua): Toronto completa asalto (“Toronto completes assault”)

El Nacional (Caracas, Venezuela): Errores de Andrus coronaron a Toronto (“Andrus errors crowned Toronto“, referring to Venezuelan Elvis Andrus’ critical 7th inning errors)

Headline: Royals return to ALCS behind Johnny Cueto’s excellent performance

Kansas City Star: Cheers & tears

Houston Chronicle: CRUSHED CITY

Joplin (MO) Globe: ROYAL FLUSH

The Eagle (Bryan-College Station, TX): MAJOR STUMBLES (This technically referred to both Texas teams, but the picture was of the Astros.)

The Hutchinson (KS) News: AND IT’S ON TO THE NEXT ONE

Lawrence (KS) Journal-World: JOHNNY BE GOOD

Springfield (MO) News-Leader: ROYALS RETURN TO ALCS

Omaha World-Herald: K.C.’s ace in the hole

Salina (KS) Journal: ROYALS WIN! 7-2

Topeka Capital-Journal: On to ALCS

Wichita Eagle: ROYALS ADVANCE TO AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

The Hawk Eye (Burlington, Iowa): Royals move on to ALCS

Headline: Mets vs. Dodgers for final LCS spot tonight

Daily News (Back): READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP (with picture of Mr. Met)

New York Post (Back): TAKE FIVE

Newsday (Back): HOLLYWOOD ENDING?

METRO- New York Edition: HANGING BY A HAIR

Press-Telegram (Long Beach): Greinke vs. deGrom will be a battle of styles (This was also used for other papers of the same chain.)

Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ): Mets face yet another do-or-die

The Desert Sun (Palm Springs): Dodgers looking to Greinke to extend team’s run

The Times of Trenton (NJ): Mets staking their hopes on deGrom