LaMonte Wade Jr. Tantalized On Both Sides Of The Cowhide

LaMonte Wade Jr. Tantalized On Both Sides Of The Cowhide

A debate ensued with the San Francisco Giants about which outfielder would play in Game of the NLDS as LaMonte Wades’ struggles were louder than his play.

Reports indicated that it came down to Wade Jr. and fellow outfielder Steven Duggar, who made plays while starting Game 3. But Wade got the start, and it paid off. 

Wade Jr. got his first postseason hit as he turned on an inside pitch which dropped in front of fellow MLBbro Mookie Betts for a single to right-center in the top of the second. 

This hit broke an unwanted playoff slump for the young sensation who was 2-34 at the plate and hitless in seven NLDS at bats. 

After building his confidence at the plate, Wade Jr put on his PF Flyers, turned on the jets, and produced a game-saving catch with men on base, while crashing into the wall to end the third inning.

The top of the fourth saw Wade get showered with boos as he once again steps to the plate with Bryant on base, but he grounded out to second to end the inning.

With runners in scoring position, he has eight game-tying or go-ahead hits in the ninth inning or better, which is the most in the MLB this season; hence the later the game, the more efficient he hits.

A double switch ended Wades’ night early as he was replaced in the bottom of the fourth. The Dodgers went on to route the Giants 7-2 to force a winner take all Game 5:

Hitting is magnetic, and since Wade has found his stroke look for him to continue turning those negative plate appearances into a positive Thursday night in front of a ruckus crowd back at Oracle park.

First pitch of the NLDS is slated for 9:07 p.m. EST on TBS.

Jack Flaherty Could Be Difference Out Of Bullpen For Cardinals Against Defending Champs

Jack Flaherty Could Be Difference Out Of Bullpen For Cardinals Against Defending Champs

Wednesday night is for all the marbles as the St. Louis Cardinals will travel to LA LA Land to face the defending World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers in a one-game National League Wild Card matchup.

With line-ups already set for this star-studded marquee, where does the Cardinals’ vigorous five-quadrant pitcher Jack Flaherty fit in after returning from a right shoulder strain?

Jack Flaherty Is Back & He’s Money Whenever He Toes The Slab

Manager Mike Shildt indicated that Flaherty would be on the NL Wild Card roster.

He told MLB.com that the right-hander would benefit from the one-game scenario due to the limitations of his current workload due to a plethora of injuries which consisted of a left oblique tear earlier this season and the strained shoulder mentioned above.

Before making his initial return, fans and pundits around the situation wanted Flaherty to sit out for the remainder of the year. But hope crept in after seeing a glimpse of the ace warming up in the bullpen in the bottom of the 10th inning vs. the Chicago Cubs last week.

The uproar was a prelude as the 25-year-old was the sigh of relief in the sixth inning on the season’s final game as he showed he could pitch in back-to-back days. Flaherty threw 18 pitches during the outing in which 12 were strikes with two punchouts in one inning of service.

That nonchalant performance a day later was only Flaherty’s second stint out of the bullpen in his young career.

He proved to himself and the organization that he is willing to take on a more efficient workload as he and the red birds are in the hunt for Red October.

Shildt told the press that the Cardinals are reminiscent of a tightrope walker as they are currently a balancing act.

He said, “We are going to give him the opportunity to go out and compete, but we also recognize that we are about to head into the postseason, and it is time to put the guys out there that can help us the most and Jack is clearly a guy that can help us, but we’ve got to make sure we are carrying a group that does not have limitations in that setting.”

All reports indicate that Flaherty, if called upon, would be the first one ready to rock out of the bullpen during Wednesday’s win-or-go-home scenario in his first taste of playoff pressure. 

The mere mind twist of having an actual ace up their sleeve equipped with an array of weaponry in his repertoire would strike fear in any opponent.

Black Jack has an upper 90s fastball and many off-speed knee bucklers, amongst other dominating features, to impose his will.

Speaking of going home, the matchup with the Dodgers will be a homecoming for the California native.

Imagine it’s a close ball game, and the starter is struggling to make it to the finish line.

Sealed away is Flaherty, who embraces the Mamba mentality and puts on a performance masterpiece worthy of Flaherty’s childhood idol, the late great Kobe Bean Bryant, with the game on the line. In a perfect world with family & friends surveying the situation, he dominates. He will surely have to get past MLBbro Mookie Betts in a tight situation or two. 

That would be the stuff of legend. Or at least something to talk about over Thanksgiving dinner. 

First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. on TBS.

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LA Dodgers part-owner Magic Johnson hangs out with NBA star Lebron James at a Rams game on Sunday.
In March 2012, Johnson was a part of the ownership group – Guggenheim Baseball Management – that bought a majority stake in the LA Dodgers when the MLB franchise went bankrupt. The group bought the team for $2.15 billion

Mookie Betts Is Back & Ready To Lead A Dodgers World Series Repeat

Mookie Betts Is Back & Ready To Lead A Dodgers World Series Repeat

Mookie Betts made his return to the lineup Los Angeles Dodgers lineup on August 26th after missing 16 consecutive games. It was a good sign to see Betts back in action and the timing could not be any better as the Dodgers fight to stay within striking distance of the surprising San Francisco Giants in the National League West. 

Betts made the start against the San Diego Padres and despite going 0-for-3, the Dodgers were able to pull out the victory.

 

 

The two-time World Series champion will play a significant role for the Dodgers toward the end of the season as he’s done numerous times in his career. Betts has been dealing with injuries throughout the season, but he’s been pushing through and has still impacted the team.

 

MLBbro Mookie Betts Is No Mere Mortal | He Continues To Grind Through Injuries & Inconsistency

 

Before Betts missed those 16 games with right hip inflammation, his bat was on fire. He was on a five-game hitting streak.

Through 88 games this season, Betts is batting .274 with a .516 slugging percentage. He also has hit 17 home runs with 44 RBI. Just think of how impressive his stats would be if he didn’t have to deal with myriad injures.

He continues to be one of the top hitters on the team. Betts adds that rare combination of speed and power to a ineup that makes the Dodgers such a dangerous team.

Whether he’s setting the table at the top or driving in runs in the middle of the lineup, the former MVP and 30-30 club member,  knows how to make things happen and that’s what makes him so special.

When it comes to stepping up, Betts knows how to come through in clutch moments. Our MLBbro loves the big stage. If the Dodgers want a shot at winning the division, Betts will have to be consistent at the plate and make those game-changing plays in the outfield or second base — wherever they put him. 

Now that he’s back in action, look for the Dodgers to monitor Betts heavily because they cannot afford to have him miss any more games at this point of the season.

 

 

When he joined the Dodgers in 2020, you see what happened, he helped them win the World Series. This season Betts has a chance to win his third World Series and his second straight.

When his career is over, they will be talking about putting him in the Hall of Fame. But for now, he’s going to try and help the Dodgers win as many titles as possible.

Watch out for our MLBbro because he will probably have one of his best stretches as the playoff race takes shape. 

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On Tuesday night, MLBbro Lamonte Wade Jr. went 2-for-5 with two RBI and hit his second clutch homer since Saturday in an 8-0 blowout of the Mets to help San Francisco maintain a 3-game cushion over the LA Dodgers in the NL West.