Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann close the book on the championship series by reviewing the Astros’ incredible curveball usage (and bullpen avoidance) in ALCS Game 7 (02:45), tipping their caps to the vanquished Cubs and Yankees (14:00), and discussing their top reasons to be excited about the World Series and explaining why the Dodgers-Astros matchup seems so even (21:00). They finish by reflecting on the dismissal of Dusty Baker and the managerial moves of the Mets, Tigers, and Red Sox (49:00).
Championship Series Wrap and World Series Preview
The top reasons to be excited about the World Series
Coach Prime won at Jackson State by being Deion. Now at Colorado, will his individual star power, recruiting prowess, and football expertise be enough to turn the Buffaloes into winners?
Aaron Judge. Trea Turner. Xander Bogaerts. Justin Verlander. Those and other superstars signed lucrative long-term deals during a whirlwind week in San Diego, but which teams and trends emerged most triumphant?
Which hot starts will continue? Who’s due to fall off? Let’s look to the schedules for answers.