MLB Playoffs: Alvarez, Astros Resume Series Vs Mariners

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The Seattle Mariners must have a new strategy to lock down Yordan Alvarez (October-tested Astros player), because what they tried in Game 1 didn’t work.

The Seattle Mariners must have a plan to lock down Yordan Alvarez (October-tested Astros player), because the one they tried in Game 1 didn’t work.

Perhaps Luis Castillo, the ace, is the solution. They will find out on Thursday, when the teams play Game 2 in their AL Division Series in Houston. The Guardians and Yankees are set to play ALDS Game 2 later in New York — weather permitting.

The day is off for the two NL Division Series that pits the Phillies against the Braves and Padres against Dodgers.

Alvarez ruined Seattle’s bullpen strategy Tuesday with one massive swing. Houston won 8-7 Game 1 with a three-run drive from Robbie Ray in the ninth. Scott Servais, the Seattle manager, called Ray (the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner) out of the bullpen to face Alvarez.

Alvarez, who had hit 37 homers during the regular season, spoiled Servais by launching Ray’s second pitch into right field stands. This set off a wild celebration that included his dad and mom in the seats. Alvarez scored five runs in the game.

Castillo was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in July and could be Seattle’s best hope to stop Alvarez or the Astros. Two-time All-Star, Castillo pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings against Toronto in the AL wild-card opener.

Here are some other things you should know about today’s MLB playoffs:

TODAY’S SCHEDULE (All Times ET)

ALDS Game 2 – Seattle at Houston, 3 :37 p.m. TBS

ALDS Game 2 – Cleveland at N.Y. Yankees 7:37 p.m. TBS

GOOD EXTENSION ON MOUND

Astros pitchers FramberValdez and Luis Garcia are naturals on the mound. But, they have had an artificial boost from the barbershop. Both pitchers had their hair done during the season.

Houston’s Game 2 starter Valdez said that they did it to express their individuality. As the Astros attempt to reach the World Series for a fourth consecutive year, they’ll be displaying their locks in this postseason.

They’re not the only pro athletes to have extensions. Jimmy Butler, a NBA star, was apparently bullied by social media users into wearing fake-locks this summer.

HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 11: Yordan Alvarez #44 of the Houston Astros celebrates after hitting a walk off three-run home run during the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

STORM WATCH

As the Guardians try to win their AL Division Series against New York Yankees, Shane Bieber, a Cleveland ace and two-time All-Star, faces Aaron Judge & Co.

Nestor Cortes will pitch for the Yankees. However, rain is expected and the teams could play four consecutive games without an off-day if they postpone.

Bieber had a record of 4-6 in July, before going 9-2 in his 13 last starts with a 2.04 ERA. In Friday’s wild card opener against the Rays, Bieber tossed three-hit baseball for 7 1/3 innings. Jose Siri was the only one to score a solo homer in the sixth inning.

Cortes was a first-time All-Star in this season’s league and finished 12-4 with a 2.44 ERA. He’s a Yankee Stadium fan favorite, with multiple arm slots and occasional hesitation deliveries.

This left-handed pitcher was 1-0 in his two starts against the Guardians. He struck out 14 batters in 12 1/3 innings, and kept them to just 4 for 40.

HOME SWEET HOME

Both the Padres and the Phillies are thrilled to be returning home for the first-time in this postseason.

Philadelphia will host Atlanta in Game 3 on Friday. This is Philadelphia’s first Citizens Bank Park game since Sept. 25, when they lost to Atlanta during the regular season.

Since then, the wild-card Phillies played 14 consecutive road games, including four playoff matches in their first postseason appearance. They split the second and third games of their best-of-5 Division Series against Atlanta Braves.

“To leave here with an empty wallet and return home in front a packed house full of passionate people… Manager Rob Thomson stated that he believes this will give the guys a boost.

Blake Snell will be starting Game 3 against Los Angeles for the wild-card Padres on Friday, in their first postseason match in front of Petco Park fans in 16 years.

Manny Machado, Padres slugger, said that “Honestly, it’s not clear what to expect.” “San Diego has been waiting all year for this, they’ve waited for it for a while, and we’re excited for Friday 1-1.”

BIRD’S EYE SIGHT

A loose goose caused a short delay in the NL playoff game on Wednesday night between the Dodgers and Padres.

In the eighth inning, the bird flew into Dodger Stadium. After a time, it landed on the grass near the Dodgers’ On-deck Circle, where Cody Bellinger fell. The bird then flew over to third base, before workers captured it.

Machado stated, “That was pretty gnarly.”

Dave Roberts, Dodgers manager, said that Tony Gonsolin (nicknamed Goose) will begin Game 3 in San Diego on Friday.

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