Not a traditional Early Week Watch List, as it’s a bit of a unique week in sports. And by that I mean…
We have now entered a FIFA International Break. Or…so to speak. For alas, as is usually the case, Major League Soccer insists on playing games during a WCQ round. Wednesday gives us three matches:
Houston vs. Kansas City – 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT
Seattle vs. Vancouver – 10 PM ET/7 PM PT
San Jose vs. Colorado – 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT
The battle between the Dynamo and SKC gives us a matchup between the No. 2 & No. 3 teams in the Eastern Conference, with Sporting holding a 4 point lead entering the match.
Vancouver is currently on the outside looking in on the playoff race, and likely must win to maintain any semblance of playoff hopes. Seattle though will be without Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans on national team duty, and may still be without Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins due to injury. At the end of the day though, this is a big match, as the Cascadia Cup is again on the line.
San Jose vs. Colorado is a battle for the last spot in the Western Conference playoff picture, and a win for Colorado might just be enough to shove San Jose away.
So again, neither of us wants the MLS to be playing during the break. But if there is any consolation, it’s that the matches MLS is providing are all three big games.
Monday brings us more Divisional Series action, which of course means that this week’s schedule is TBD. However, all information regarding the schedule and announcers is available by visiting our Division Series Preview. That said, let’s take a look at what’s happened so far.
- Tampa Bay vs. Boston. First Matt Moore got lit up by the Red Sox in Boston, as Wil Myers made a significant blunder in right field. 12-2 was the final in Game 1. Then David Price pitched 7 innings…not strong ones though, and gave up two solo homers to David Ortiz. Later that day, Price took to Twitter to call out Dirk Hayhurst and Tom Verducci for being nerds.
Dirk Hayhurst…COULDNT hack it…Tom Verducci wasn’t even a water boy in high school…but yet they can still bash a player…SAVE IT NERDS
— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) October 6, 2013
- Detroit vs. Oakland. Game 1 saw Scherzer and Colon battle it out, with Colon getting hit for 3 in the first and then settling down, and the A’s only finding the scoreboard with a two-run home run from Yoenis Cespedes in the 7th inning. Scherzer struck out 11 and allowed only three hits and two walks in seven innings, and the Tigers 5-7 (Martinez, Avila, Infante) in the lineup went 6-12. Game 2 however saw the O.Co Coliseum come alive for a true pitchers duel, capped off by a walk-0ff RBI single from the improbable hero, Stephen Vogt. Justin Verlander was the Verlander we know of old, striking out 11, walking only one and allowing only four hits and no runs across seven innings, but the real pitching star was former Vanderbilt Commodore Sonny Gray. Gray spread 111 pitches across 8 innings, allowing only four hits and two walks, striking out nine and not allowing a run. This series enters Monday tied at 1 game apiece.
- Pittsburgh vs. St. Louis. In Game 1, A.J. Burnett was destroyed by the Cardinals – a familiar sight for all you Yankees fans – and the Cards won 9-1. Game 2 was a turning of the tables as Pedro Alvarez led the Pirates back to PNC with a 2-4, double, HR and two RBI performance and the series tied 1-1. Game 3 was closer, but the Pirates battled back multiple times cand can now clinch the series Monday as they send Charlie Morton to the mound to take on Michael Wacha.
- Los Angeles vs. Atlanta. The Dodgers also enter Monday able to clinch the series at home as Ricky Nolasco takes on former-Mariner and ageless Venezuelan Freddy Garcia. The lasting memory at this point is the Dodgers 13-6 thumping of the Braves Sunday night, as Hanley Ramirez came alive for a single, double, triple and two RBI. Also notable: Brian McCann has been held hitless in the series so far.
Monday Night Football – New York Jets (2-2, 0-2 away) at Atlanta Falcons (1-3, 1-1 home) – 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT on ESPN (Mike Tirico, John Gruden.)
– Bragging rights are on the line here, or at least some semblance of them in the tristate area. With a win, the Jets move above .500, get their first away victory and give their fans hope. Not to mention, Jets fans will have a 3-2 team, while Giants fans have yet to see their team win a game. For Atlanta, a pick by many to contend in the NFC, a loss tonight would have them on a slippery slope towards a season of failure, as 1-4 isn’t easy to recover from. X factor: Will Geno Smith step up tonight? Can Geno mature leaps and bounds in one week between games? (The answer is no.)
NCAAFB – FBS
Thursday gives us two matches of intrigue:
Rutgers (4-1) at 8 Louisville (5-0) – 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT on ESPN
Arizona (3-1) at USC (3-2) – 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT on Fox Sports 1
That’s all we got time for today, folks.