By the Associated Press
A look at what’s going on around the big ones on Wednesday:
In a post-season already marked by curious pitching strategy, Julio Urías returns to his usual role in the tournament when the Los Angeles Dodgers play Atlanta in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.
Braves manager Brian Snitker says he wants to go with a bullpen game. After losing 6-5 Tuesday night, he said he had not decided who would start.
Urías led the majors with 20 wins this season while hitting 32 times, all as a starter. After starting and winning Game 2 of the NL Division Series against San Francisco, he threw four important innings in the crucial Game 5 victory over the Giants.
Urías then blew a late lead in relief in Game 2 of the NLCS, so that Atlanta could eventually win. Los Angeles follows the series 2-1 in this match at Dodger Stadium.
The 25-year-old left-hander excelled as a starter and reliever in the postseason last year, helping the Dodgers win their first World Series championship since 1988.
Earlier this month, Dodgers ace Max Scherzer became the closest for a day, finishing the Giants in Game 5.
On Tuesday night, the Boston Red Sox used Nathan Eovaldi in relief for the first time since 2019. Brought in to begin the ninth round with the score draw against Houston in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series, he gave up four races. Astros won 9-2 to level the matchup in two games each.
Kyle Schwarber, Xander Bogaerts and the devouring Red Sox do a little work to resist starting throws this post-season.
In nine playoff games so far, only one starter has even put up three full innings against Boston. Astro’s ace Zack Greinke was the last to be chased, lasting only 1 1/3 innings Tuesday night at Fenway Park in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series.
Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan did best against the Red Sox, going five innings in the opening of the AL Division Series.
Boston marked Yankees star Gerrit Cole in the wild-card game to open the post-season.
ALCS is a draw for two matches, each going into game 5 on Wednesday.
Framber Valdez starts for Houston. He gave up two earned races in 2 2/3 laps during the series opener. Chris Sale starts for the Red Sox after allowing one run over 2 2/3 innings in Game 1.
Three months after games caused him to lose his closest job temporarily, Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen is at the top of the game in October.
The 34-year-old right-hander has struck out 12 of the 17 strokes he has faced in the playoffs, and has struck out five goalless in six games. Jansen is 2-0 with one save, allows two hits and no trips.
After the Dodgers scored four times in the eighth to take the lead over Atlanta in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series, Jansen knocked out Austin Riley, Joc Pederson and Adam Duvall in a row on 17 lanes and reached a high of 95.2 mph when Duvall the fan we have sinks.
Jansen’s save cut Dodgers’ deficit to 2-1.
“You learn from when you have to deal with adversity and knowing that I did not have the best two years in the last couple of years,” Jansen said last week. “I’m a more experienced pitcher now instead of being stubborn out there and just dying with a path.”
Astros manager Dusty Baker is not a fan of any of the styling that takes place among today’s players.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora reprimanded Boston pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez for hitting a wrist with a six-run lead Monday night, mimicking the Game 1 celebration of Houston’s Carlos Correa.
Correa said “this is exactly how baseball should train and move on.”
Baker, a two-time All-Star during a 1968-86 playing career, said Tuesday that “I’m past an opinion.”
“In my day, you would probably have pushed daisies somewhere, you know what I mean?” He said. “It’s a new world, a new day. It’s branding. It’s – I do not know. I have a 22 – year – old son. I’m trying to get in touch with him, behave like you’ve been there before, “But I mean, no one seems to matter. So, I mean, what’s my point? I’m not going to do that – it’s too late for me to change the world.”
Cora said he did not respond to Correa.
“It’s not about him doing what Correa did. It’s about what we do. We do not need to react to what the opposition is doing, “said Cora. “We celebrate. We like what we do. We play with emotions, but react to what the opposition, what they do, it does not – we have not done it before. We are not going to start doing it now.”
Correa tapped his wrist again after hitting a lead double in the ninth round of Game 4. He later scored clearly in a 9-2 victory.
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