With two or three games in Los Angeles under National League rules looming, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora has a big decision to make ahead of the World Series. His second-best player, J.D. Martinez, is a designated hitter. How to reshuffle the lineup? He’d be wise to be bold.
After a season and a series of fits and starts, the most talented team in the National League played like it, and now they’re going back to the World Series
Craig Counsell’s squad shocked the baseball world by making it within one game of a World Series berth. Don’t be surprised if they do what’s necessary to return to this point in 2019.
Plus a postmortem on an ill-fated "Astros in five games" prediction
Bill Simmons reacts to the Red Sox advancing to the 2018 World Series before sitting down with Jonah Hill to discuss ‘Mid90s’
Houston looked totally dominant up through Game 1 of the ALCS—and then all of the bounces stopped going its way. The dynasty-in-the-making didn’t reach last year’s heights, but the run is far from over.
Boston’s beleaguered big-money arm had never won a postseason start, in 11 tries. His first such victory relied on an extreme approach from the mound and sealed the pennant for the Red Sox.
Last year, he delivered World Series title to Houston just months after arriving from the Detroit Tigers in a shocking deal that required him to clear waivers. Now, with his team down 3-1, he’s about to take the ball in Game 5 of the ALCS and try to save its season.
Houston should’ve won Game 4 of the ALCS at least three separate times, but somehow they didn’t, and now Boston has three shots to knock out the defending World Series champs
Milwaukee lost Game 5 to fall behind L.A., 3-2, in the NLCS, but not because of Craig Counsell’s innovative starting-pitching tomfoolery, which worked—kind of
The defending World Series champs have come under fire for attempting to steal signs or some other form of information from the Boston Red Sox. The organization employs literal rocket scientists, but its efforts at espionage fit into baseball’s larger history of low-rent attempts to gain an edge.
How recent afterthoughts Wade Miley and Jhoulys Chacín became surprising postseason MVPs
The Miami owner has finally achieved his greatest, cruelest dream: getting rid of the Marlins’ bonkers home run sculpture