The old cliche is that momentum is the next day's starting pitcher. But that has to be amended, at least for a day. After what we saw late into Wednesday night and into early Thursday morning I submit that momentum is what we saw yesterday.
Yeesh. We get another quadruple-header today!
The Reds brought a 2-0 lead home but the Giants have won two straight and they play Game Five today at 1. It's up to Mat Latos to give somebody a homefield advantage.
The Cardinals are wiping the floor with the Nationals, who need to win Game Four today at 4 to stay alive. But as Washington Post columnist Thomas Boswell insists, the absent Stephen Strasburg isn't the problem. He's wrong, by the way. Boswell, one of the game's famous pens, has supported the Nats' foolishness all year. They're getting theirs now, and this USA Today blog says plenty of rivals are happy.
Then there's the American League. Where do you begin?
The Orioles were 77-0 this season when leading after seven innings. They had a 2-1 lead with one out in the ninth when Joe Girardi pinch-hits for Alex Rodriguez (a great move, but a wow one) and Raul Ibanez takes 51-save closer Jim Johnson deep to tie the game (above). A-Rod's spot in the lineup is no longer automatic, writes Joel Sherman in the New York Post.
Then Ibanez goes deep again in the 12th to give the Yankees a 3-2 win and make Ibanez the first player in postseason history to tie a game with an HR in the 9th and win it with another in extra innings. Seriously. Game Four tonight at 7:37. Said Mike Vaccaro in the Post: "Girardi hit the greatest jackpot of his managerial career, cashed the biggest Lotto ticket of his life."
Said Mike Lupica in the Daily News on the results of A-Rod taking a seat: "Ibanez gave you a new spin on the old story of Mr. October, three swings for Reggie and three home runs in ’77, when Ibanez swung the bat twice and hit two home runs, and saved the Yankees from having to play for their season Thursday night."
How do the Orioles bounce back? Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck says more offense is the key. Playing the one-run road won't always work and it finally failed the O's in Game Three.
Take a look at Ibanez's heroics here, including the crazy radio calls of Yankees voice John Sterling:
I flip the channel and the Tigers have a 3-1 lead in Oakland. Then it goes to the ninth and they're three outs away. Then Jose Valverde implodes and Coco Crisp's single caps a three-run ninth and the A's win 4-3 and we have Game Five tonight at 9:30. Crazy. Walkoffs R Us, writes San Francisco Chronicle columnist Ann Killion.
Here's the MLB.com video wrapup of the bottom of the ninth. (No embed code, sorry)
All that talk of a Baltimore-Washington World Series is slipping. All the Bay Bridge talk appeared dead but San Francisco-Oakland is back on the table again.
If the Yankees wrap it up tonight, they get to use CC Sabathia in Game One of the ALCS while the Tigers will have already blown through Justin Verlander tonight in Game Five. And doesn't Verlander have to stay in the game as long as possible with the way the Tigers' bullpen is blowing up?
Another long day ahead. Can it possibly come close to yesterday?