With Astros Backs Against The Wall, Dusty Baker Inspires A World Series Clap Back | Cristian Javier & Crew Deliver Second No-Hitter In World Series History

With Astros Backs Against The Wall, Dusty Baker Inspires A World Series Clap Back | Cristian Javier & Crew Deliver Second No-Hitter In World Series History

Dusty Baker and his team came into Wednesday’s World Series game reeling and looking to even the series up at 2-2. His team did that and more, making history with the second World Series no hitter ever. It was a combined effort with 25-year-old pitcher Cristian Javier going six innings and four other pitchers cleaning it up and closing it out in a 5-0 win in Game 4.  

The Philadelphia Phillies destroyed the Houston Astros 7-0 in Game 3 and Baker made some questionable decisions during that game. The big one was leaving his starting pitcher, Lance McCullers Jr., in a little too long as he gave up all seven runs in 4.1 innings of work.

But Game 4 was a much different story as Javier, was dialed in the entire game and the offense showed up in a big way.

 

 

Baker did not have much to worry about this game as Javier and his teammates were untouchable up there on the mound. All he had to do was sit back and enjoy that performance by his team. Keep tabs on the game and make sure this was a 5-0 lead his team wouldn’t surrender like it did in Game 1. 

 

 

In the bottom of the fourth, Javier struck out the side and didn’t even break a sweat out there. Baker decided to take Javier out right before the bottom of the seventh inning began. He finished with nine strikeouts and did not allow a hit. Houston was able to break the game open in the fifth inning. The Astros threatened with two men on and nobody out and the ALCS MVP, Jeremy Pena was up to bat against Aaron Nola.

Nola struck out Pena twice before his third at-bat and with the count at 0-1, Pena squared around to bunt, but fouled it off, and Dusty Baker immediately put his head down in what looked like a missed opportunity. But the first rookie in MLB history to win a Gold Glove delivered with his stick and roped a single to left field with the count at 2-2 to load the bases up.

After that Nola’s night was done as he finished with four strikeouts in four innings. The Phillies bullpen did not allow a run during the World Series, but when Jose Alvarado took the mound, he hit Yordan Alvarez on the first pitch and the Astros took a 1-0 lead. That was the Astros first run in 15 innings.

 

And then Alex Bregman, who has a history of having success in World Series games, came through again with a two-run double. Houston ended up putting up five runs in the top of the fifth, which was more than enough. It was all smiles for Baker and his team after a dominating performance. With the series tied, Baker will put the rock in the hands of Justin Verlander for Game 5. Verlander has never won a World Series game in his illustrious career. It’s definitely a legacy game for the two future first ballot Hall of Famers. 

Padres MLBbros Come Close To Playing In World Series | Trent Grisham Needs An Elevated 2023, Josh Bell Has Options This Offseason

Padres MLBbros Come Close To Playing In World Series | Trent Grisham Needs An Elevated 2023, Josh Bell Has Options This Offseason

The San Diego Padres’ season came to an end on Sunday as the Philadelphia Phillies won 4-3 to punch its ticket to the World Series. San Diego only won one game during the series, but the team did not go down without a fight. And two of our MLBbros did their best to contribute to a World Series run. The franchise is definitely closing the gap on the Los Angeles Dodgers and next season’s NL West race should go down to the wire. The return of Fernando Tatis will figure prominently in what happens out West in 2023. 

 

Josh Bell: Where Will His Roller Coaster Ride End Up? 

 

Josh Bell had a productive NLCS and had some timely and key hits at the plate. But unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to help his team get over that hump. In the five games against the Phillies, Bell recorded a hit in four of them. The former Washington Nationals slugger finished the series going 6-for-17 with a home run and three RBI.

He had a big performance in Game 2 as he finished with a three-hit performance as the Padres got the only win of the series that game.

 

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During the postseason, Bell finished with a .250 batting average with two home runs and five RBI. Bell’s future in San Diego is still cloudy as he will become a free agent this summer and return to the market after signing a one-year $10M deal with the Nats last offseason before being traded in the blockbuster Juan Soto deal. The Padres could retain him, but reports say they will probably look in another direction, which is a shame because he is a great fit out there. There will be more than a couple of teams searching for a first baseman with major pop and playoff experience. 

Bell’s season was a tale of two cities. The 40-year-old played at an All-Star level with the Nationals, with a strong stat line of .311/.390/.504 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI. After he was traded to the Padres, though, Bell’s production plummeted to .192/.316/.271 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 53 games, but he did help the team get into the playoffs.

There are rumors that the Houston Astros would be a perfect fit for Bell who would thrive in that lineup as a younger replacement for 38-year-old declining free agent Yuli Gurriel.

 

 

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Trent Grisham: You’re Hot, Then You’re Not 

 

On the other hand, Bell’s teammate, Trent Grisham started the postseason with a bang, but slowed down a bit as the postseason progressed.

In the series against Philadelphia, Grisham went hitless in all five games. Definitely not the performance his team and fans wanted to see. After starting the postseason with a four-game hitting streak, Grisham went a disastrous 0-for-18 with nine strikeouts in the LCS against the Phillies. He finished the postseason hitting .200 with three home runs and 15 strikeouts. His regular season performance was less than expected and the Padres will give this talented outfielder at least one more season to prove himself as an everyday player. The club does have him under control for three more seasons. The 2020 Gold Glove winner hit 17 homers but batted just .184 with 150Ks. 

It would have been exciting to see both of these MLBbros compete in the World Series and potentially win their first title. But it was good to see them make it as far as they did, laying the groundwork for an even better 2023. 

Josh Bell’s Bro Bombing Stick Comes To Life, Padres Take Game 2 Of NLCS

Josh Bell’s Bro Bombing Stick Comes To Life, Padres Take Game 2 Of NLCS

After going hitless with multiple strikeouts in Game 1 of the NLCS, Josh Bell did not waste any time turning things around in Game 2. Bell went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and a run scored as the San Diego Padres defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 8-5 to even up the series at one a piece.

 

 

The Padres were down 4-1 when Bell stepped up to the plate for his first at-bat of the game. And what did he do? He launched a deep shot to right field and it was an absolute no doubter. San Diego had a big fifth inning and Bell played a significant part in the Padres comeback. Down 4-2 going into the fifth, the Padres scored five runs to take a 7-4 lead.

Bell had an RBI single that gave the Padres its seventh run of the game.

 

Once San Diego took the lead, Philadelphia had no chance of coming back. This was the performance that Bell needed, especially after his dismal performance in Game 1. We all know how productive this brother can be at the plate and he definitely displayed that in Game 2.

San Diego has the talent to win the World Series and Bell is a key piece in the team’s lineup.  A big reason why the Padres acquired Bell is because of the explosive power he can provide at the plate.  If he can continue to have success at the plate this series, the Padres can have a strong shot at playing for a World Series title.

 

MLBbros Go Hitless In Game 1 NLCS | Philly Held San Diego’s Bro Bats In Check

MLBbros Go Hitless In Game 1 NLCS | Philly Held San Diego’s Bro Bats In Check

On Tuesday, the San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies battled it out in Game 1 of the NLCS. The winner of this series will advance to the World Series. Philadelphia was able to steal Game 1 in San Diego, winning 2-0 on a one-hitter. San Diego has two of our MLBbros looking to play in their first World Series. Josh Bell and Trent Grisham both have what it takes to give the team’s offense a boost, but in Game 1, their bats were nonexistent.

Bell went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and Grisham went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. This was Grisham’s second time going hitless in the postseason and for Bell he has not recorded a hit in his last three appearances.

This next game for the Padres is a crucial one and a must win. San Diego does not want to go down 0-2 to a team like the Phillies, who have been hot all postseason.

 

Padres Headed To The NLCS | Trent Grisham Has Been On Fire

 

For Grisham, he’s going to need to lock in at the plate like he did in the series against the New York Mets and the LA Dodgers. With him at the bottom of the lineup, he can set the tone for his team as they work their way to the top of the lineup. He can also change the momentum of the game with one swing of the bat.

Bell has struggled at the plate recently. He only appeared in two games in the series against the Dodgers and did not record a hit. So he’s looking to find his rhythm back and if he can do that, he will be a problem for opposing pitchers. Like Grisham, Bell can certainly make an impact at the plate and he possesses a lot of power in that bat. 

It only takes one big moment in the playoffs to turn your entire season around.

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We will get a chance to see if these brothers can make an impact in Game 2 for their team.

Padres Headed To The NLCS | Trent Grisham Has Been On Fire

Padres Headed To The NLCS | Trent Grisham Has Been On Fire

The San Diego Padres defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 in Game 4 of the NLDS to advance to the NLCS. Down three going into the bottom of the seventh, the Padres used a five run inning to help secure the win.

San Diego has been one of the most impressive teams throughout the postseason and the team has also had one of the most impressive players as well. Trent Grisham has had a postseason to remember. Our MLBbro has had one of the hottest bats of anyone in the playoffs.

In Game 4 against the Dodgers, Grisham went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk. He has appeared in all seven games this postseason for the Padres and out of those games he’s only gone hitless one time.

 

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Let’s take a look at his numbers. He’s hitting .381 with three home runs and five RBI and has a .519 on-base percentage. Grisham is leading the team in home runs and on-base percentage. And check this out: he’s also tied for first in batting average, RBI, and hits.

This brother has impressed a lot of people during the postseason and we get to see more of him as the Padres take on the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS. Grisham has provided that spark that the Padres have needed at the bottom of the lineup and he’s been cool, calm, and collected all postseason long.

 

 

The Padres are one step closer to making the World Series for the first time since 1998 and Grisham is going to continue to do all that he can to help his team get there.