All four League Division Series are well underway now in the 2014 MLB Playoffs, and as usual, there are plenty of surprises.
The San Francisco Giants have won the the first game of the National League Division Series against the top-seeded Washington Nationals Friday by a 3-2 score.
The National League Division Series feature some of the wealthiest teams in the league. Will the results justify the expense?
Friday’s matchup between Washington’s Stephen Strasburg and San Francisco’s Jake Peavy – pals who sometimes work out together in San Diego – gives one indication of the gap in experience the series represents. Strasburg, held out of the 2012 postseason to protect his surgically repaired elbow, will be making his playoff debut; Peavy will be making his sixth October start, including as a member of last season’s World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
The Giants were not considered the most talented roster entering the 2010 or 2012 divisional playoff round, but bucked the odds to capture the World Championship each time. After that, and an 8-0 thumping of the Pirates Wednesday in the Wild Card round, you would think that oddsmakers would have learned to fear the beard, but no – the Giants (along with fellow wild card winner Kansas City) face the longest odds to win it all of the remaining eight teams at 10-1.
Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper each homered and drove in 2 runs as the streaking Nationals rallied from a 5-run deficit to beat the Giants 14-6 Sunday.
Jordan Zimmermann pitched eight strong innings, Asdrubal Cabrera homered and the Nationals kept up their dominance of two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum with a 6-2 win Saturday.
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