2018 November

1st  For the first time in ML history, two tiebreaker games are played to determine postseason matchups. The Brewers edge the Cubs, 3-1, to win the NL Central title, and the Dodgers top the Rockies, 5-2, to take the NL West title.

2nd     The Twins fire Paul Molitor as their manager. Molitor was 2017’s top manager in the AL.  He was named manager of his hometown Twins in 2015.

The Rockies edge the Cubs, 2-1, in 13 innings in the NL Wild Card game. Tony Wolters drives in the deciding run and Scott Oberg gets the win in relief.

3rd     At Yankee Stadium Aaron Judge’s 1st-inning HR gets the Yankees off to a fast start and they go on to defeat the Athletics in the AL wild card game, 7-2. Dellin Betances gets the win in relief. Giancarlo Stanton also homers for New York, and Kris Davis for Oakland. Davis finishes the season with a batting average of .247 for the 4th straight year. He is the first qualified batter to have the same average in four consecutive seasons.

4th      The Rockies score a pair of runs in the top of the 9th inning to tied the Brewers at 2-2, but Mike Moustakas’ walk-off 1B in the 10th gives Milwaukee a 3-2 win and a 1 game lead in their ALDS. Christian Yelich homers for the Brewers, and Joakim Soria gets the win in relief.

The Dodgers shut out the Braves, 6-0, in the opening game of their NLDS. Hyun-Jin Ryu gets the win for LA, backed by HRs from Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Enrique Hernandez.

5th      The Astros hit 4 HRs and defeat the Indians, 7-2, in the opener of their ALDS. Alex Bregman, George Springer, Jose Altuve and Martin Maldonado all connect for Houston, and Justin Verlander gets the win.

The Brewers take a 2-games-to-0 lead over the Rockies in their NLDS with a 4-0 win behind Jhoulys Chacin. Milwaukee 38-year-old C Erik Kratz becomes the oldest position player to make his 1st postseason start since Lave Cross in 1905. He celebrates with a 2-run 1B in the 8th inning.

The Red Sox jump out to a 5-0 lead over the Yankees and hold on for a 5-4 win in the opener of their ALDS. J.D. Martinez’s hits a 3-run homer in the 1st for Boston, and Aaron Judge hits a solo blast for NY. Chris Sale gets the victory for the Sox.

6th      Gary Sanchez hits a pair of roundtrippers to lead the Yankees to a 6-2 win over the Red Sox to tie their ALDS at 1 game apiece. Aaron Judge also homers for NY while Xander Bogaerts connects for Boston. Masahiro Tanaka gets the win.

The Astros take a 2-games-to-0 lead over the Indians in their ALDS with a 3-1 victory. Gerrit Cole strikes out 12 batters for the win. Alex Bregman homers for Houston and Francisco Lindor goes deep for Cleveland.

7th      The Brewers complete a 3-game sweep fo the Rockies in their NLCS with a 6-0 victory. Jesus Aguilar, Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton all homer for Milwaukee, and Corbin Burnes gets the win in relief.

The Braves score 5 runs in the 2nd inning and hold on for a 6-5 win over the Dodgers to stay alive in their NLDS. Freddie Freeman’s 6th-inning homer is the deciding blow. Ronald Acuna Jr. becomes the youngest player to hit a grand slam in a postseason game with his 2nd-inning blast. Chris Taylor and Max Muncy homer for LA, while Touki Toussaint gets the win in relief for Atlanta. The Dodgers lead the Series, 2-games-to-1.

8th      The Red Sox knock out starter Sevy Severino in the 4th and crush the host Yankees, 16-1, to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in their ALDS. Brock Holt becomes the first player in ML history to hit for the cycle in a postseason game when he homers in the 9th off catcher Austin Romine, mopping up. Nathan Eovaldi gets the win for Boston, as the Sox pound New York pitchers for 18 hits.

The Dodgers defeat the Braves, 6-2, to win their NLDS. Manny Machado hits a 2-run HR for LA as Ryan Madson gets the win in relief.

The Astros beat the Indians, 11-3, and sweep their ALDS. George Springer hits a pair of homers for Houston, and Carlos Correa adds another. Francisco Lindor hits a round-tripper for Cleveland. Collin McHugh gets the win in relief.

9th      The Red Sox score 3 runs in the 3rd inning and hold on to defeat the Yankees, 4-3, and win their ALDS, 3-games-to-1. Christian Vazquez’s solo HR in the 4th is the deciding blow. Rick Porcello gets the win for Boston.

10th    The Marlins trade P Kyle Barraclough to the Nationals for Future Considerations.

12th    The Brewers take Game 1 of their NLCS against the Dodgers with a 6-5 win. Brandon Woodruff won the game and also became the 3rd relief P to hit a HR in a postseason contest. Jesus Aguilar also homered for the Brewers while Manny Machado connected for LA. The win is Milwaukee’s 12th straight victory.

13th    Justin Turner’s 2-run HR in the 8th inning leads the Dodgers to a 4-3 comeback win over the Brewers, and ties their NLCS at a game apiece. Orlando Arcia and Travis Shaw homer for Milwaukee. Pedro Baez gets the win in relief for LA.

Justin Verlander gets the win as he leads the Astros to a 7-2 victory over the Red Sox in the opener of their ALCS. Josh Reddick and Yuli Gurriel hit homers in the 9th inning to seal the win for Houston.  Boston pitchers walk 10 batters and hit three.

14th    The Red Sox defeat the Astros, 7-5, to tie their ALCS at a game apiece. Jackie Bradley Jr. hits a bases-clearing double to drive in 3 runs for Boston. Martin Gonzalez homers for Houston, putting the Astros in the record book. His blast gives Houston a postseason-record 14 consecutive games with a home run.

15th    Jhoulys Chacin hurls 5 1/3 scoreless innings to lead the Brewers to a 4-0 win over the Dodgers, and a 2-games-to-1 lead in their NLCS. Orlando Arcia hits a 2-run homer for Milwaukee.

16th    The Red Sox defeat the Astros, 8-2, behind Nathan Eovaldi to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in their ALCS. Steve Pearce’s HR in the 6th broke a 2-2 tie, then Jackie Bradley Jr.’s grand slam 2 innings later iced the game for Boston.

Cody Bellinger’s 2-outs walk-off 1B in the bottom of the 13th inning gives the Dodgers a 2-1 win over the Brewers to even their NLCS at 2 games apiece. Julio Urias gets the win in relief for LA.

17th    Clayton Kershaw leads the Dodgers to a 5-2 victory over the Brewers, giving LA a 3-2 edge in their NLCS. Yasiel Puig has a pair of hits, including a 2B, to lead the Dodger attack.

The Red Sox edge the Astros, 8-6, to take a 3-2 lead in their ALCS. Jackie Bradley Jr. hits HR for Boston, while George Springer and Tony Kemp connect for Houston. Joe Kelly gets the win in relief. The Astros were hurt by a fan interference call on a potential game-tying 2-run HR by Jose Altuve in the bottom of the 1st inning. Andrew Benintendi’s diving catch with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 9th saves the game for the Sox.

18th    The Red Sox defeat the Astros, 4-1, to win their ALCS and move on to the WS. David Price gets the win, and J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers hit HRs. Jackie Bradley Jr. is named MVP for the Series.

19th    The Brewers score 4 runs in the 1st inning and go on to a 7-2 victory over the Dodgers to tie the NLCS at 3 games apiece. Jesus Aguilar has 3 hits and drives in 3 runs to lead the Milwaukee attack, and Corey Kneel gets the win in relief. David Freese hits a HR and drives in both Dodger runs.

20th    The Dodgers defeat the Brewers, 5-1, to win their NLCS and advance to the WS for the 2nd year in a row. Christian Yelich gives Milwaukee a 1st-inning lead with a HR, but Clay Bellinger’s 2-run blast in the 2nd gives LA a lead it never relinquishes. Yasiel Puig also homers for the Dodgers, and Ryan Madson gets the win in relief. Bellinger is named the NLCS MVP.

Two veteran catchers leave the free-agency ranks as Jeff Mathis signs a two-year contract with the Rangers and Kurt Suzuki signs on with the Nationals. Both are 35.  In 10 days the Nationals will trade for catcher Yan Gomes to bolster Suzuki.

22nd Two managing jobs are filled as Brad Ausmus is named manager of the Angels moving from the front office to the dugout to replace Mike Scioscia. Ausmus had served as special assistant to GM Billy Eppler. David Bell is hired by the Reds and given a three year contract. The Reds finished last in the NL Central this year.

 23rd  Eduardo Nunez’s PH, 3-run HR leads the Red Sox to an 8-4 victory over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the WS. Andrew Benintendi gets 4 hits for Boston, and Matt Kemp homers for LA. Matt Barnes gets the win in relief.

24th    The Red Sox beat the Dodgers, 4-2, to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in the WS. Trailing 2-1 in the 5th inning, Boston scores 3 runs, capped by a 2-run 1B by J.D. Martinez. David Price goes 6 innings for the win.

25th    The Blue Jays hire Charlie Montoyo as their new manager.

The Twins name Rocco Baldelli as their new manager.

26th    J.D. Martinez and Christian Yelich are named winners of the 2018 Hank Aaron Award for the AL and NL respectively. The award goes to the top offensive player in each league.

27th    Max Muncy hits a HR in the bottom of the 18th inning to give the Dodgers a 3-2 win over the Red Sox in the longest game in WS history. With the score tied at 1-1, each team scored a run in the 13th inning with the help of defensive misplays, prior to Muncy’s game-winner. Joe Pederson also homered for LA, while Jackie Bradley Jr. connected for Boston. Alex Wood gets the win in relief, cutting the Sox Series lead to 2-1.

28th    Trailing 4-0, the Red Sox score 3 in the 7th and a run in the 8th to tie the score at 4-4. They then plate 5 in the 9th to go on to defeat the Dodgers, 9-6, and take a 3-games-to-1 lead in the WS. Mitch Moreland and Steve Pearce homer for Boston, and Yasiel Puig and Enrique Hernandez connect for LA. Joe Kelly gets the win in relief.

29th    After surrendering a HR to David Freese on his first pitch of the game, David Price settles down to lead the Red Sox to a 5-1 victory over the Dodgers, and their 4th WS title since 2004. Steve Pearce hit a pair of homers, and J.D. Martinez and Rookie Betts also homer for Boston. Pearce will win World Series MVP honors.