MLB Playoffs: Phillies, Dodgers Take Early NLDS Leads

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Nick Castellanos and the Philadelphia Phillies could make the Braves in the midst of a rematch. World Series champion Braves on the edge of being eliminated. Similar to Los Angeles Dodgers in the battle against rival Padres.

In the meantime, both the Mariners and Guardians have a chance to bounce back from hard-fought loss at their rivals, the Astros and Yankees and Yankees, respectively.

The National League Division Series pitting Phillies against. Braves and Padres vs. Dodgers are set for their second game on Wednesday, and all American League clubs get a day free.

Castellanos was a heavy hitter using his bat in the 7-6 game 1 victory on Tuesday against Atlanta. However, despite scoring three runs His glovework made the difference.

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Sometimes panned for being part of a weak defensive outfield Castellanos laid out for a potential game-saving catch during the 9th inning taking Atlanta’s rally out of an eight-run deficit.

The win helped secure the Phillies with their third straight win in the postseason’s opening game -which was an unanticipated run after the team fired the manager Joe Girardi and replaced him with Rob Thomson.

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NLDS Game 2 Philadelphia to Atlanta 4,35 p.m., FOX

NLDS Game 2: San Diego at Los Angeles, 8:37 p.m., FS1


Dansby Swanson as well as the Braves haven’t yet rediscovered the last year’s World Series magic. They’re hoping to show it when they face Game 2 Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler.

Atlanta didn’t look like a defending champion Tuesday. The Braves were left with nine runners on the ground throughout their Game 1 loss, a gruelling day that saw the normally calm Swanson throwing his helmet and bat to the ground in midgame.

They have shown signs of life in the closing minutes after Matt Olson’s three-run homer cut the deficit down to 1 in the ninth innings. They’ll need Game 2 pitcher Kyle Wright to carry over the momentum — which he was able to do when he was the top majors player with 21 wins in the season.


The Dodgers have an 2-0 lead in the series in the series over San Diego with a win Wednesday. Three-time Cy Young Award award winner Clayton Kershaw to the mound against Padres star Yu Darvish.

When Kershaw is able to help the Dodgers are victorious in another World Series in three years they could do it without the eight-time All-Star Craig Kimbrel in the bullpen. It’s a matter of decision.

Kimbrel was removed from Los Angeles’ NLDS roster The decision was made by the manager Dave Roberts made two weeks after demotion Kimbrel from the position of closer.

Kimbrel went 6-7 with 22 saves, and was occasionally booed in his debut campaign as a player in Los Angeles as the replacement for Kenley Jansen. Kimbrel is the top active pitcher with 394 saves in his career and has not missed a postseason chance in 23 games however, he has only a 4.13 ERA in those games.

Chris Martin pitched the ninth innings in the LA’s 5-3 victory Tuesday night, scoring his first save of the postseason in his 15 appearances over the course of his career.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 11: Nick Martinez #21 of the San Diego Padres smiles as umpire Chris Segal #96 checks his hands after the eighth inning during game one of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 11, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


Yankees player Josh Donaldson is catching heat from the fans despite his gratifying Game 1 victory on the field in New York.

The 36-year-old was slapped off the base after he rushed into a home run with a ball that bounced off the wall’s edge during New York’s 4-1 win on Tuesday. Donaldson did not hit hard and didn’t even answer questions from reporters following the game, neither.

It wasn’t the first time Donaldson’s insanity has been a source of concern to the Yankees this season. Boone removed him from the team after an incident on Sept. 5 and said “Let’s not let that happen.”

Pitchers in relief David Robertson of the Phillies and Phil Maton of the Astros were removed from their clubs’ Division Series rosters after bizarre injuries.

Robertson 37, who is enjoying an impressive year for the Phils and suffered a calf injury in his right foot for joy at Bryce Harper’s homer in the decisive Game 2 victory against St. Louis in the round of wild cards. Robertson isn’t with the team in Atlanta but will be returning to Philadelphia to undergo an injection of PRP.


“He’s devastated,” Thomson stated. “He was really hoping to pitch during the series. And he understands how significant an integral part he plays in this team. He’s extremely disappointed.”

Maton claims he fractured his right pinkie when the locker was punched in anger following Houston’s regular-season final. He’s out for the rest of postseason. The player called the outburst “shortsighted and ultimately selfish.”

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