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Franchise Sports Talk Baseball: Episode Sixteen

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Joe and Sam get stuck into the start of the MLB postseason, discussing the wildcard games and the Division Series.

The Tampa Bay Rays were victorious against the Oakland Athletics in the American League wildcard game, riding a solid outing from former Houston Astros flamethrower Charlie Morton. In the National League’s play-in game, the Washington Nationals got the better of the Milwaukee Brewers. Juan Soto provided the big hit with the help of some sloppy defence in the eighth inning.

Washington used both Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg to get through the game with the Brewers, forcing Patrick Corbin to start Game One of the Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Corbin wasn’t at his best, and the Dodgers young ace Walker Buehler shut down the Nationals’ bats as he racked up a whopping eight strikeouts and gave up a solitary hit.

Oakland are left wondering what they’ve got to do to win an elimination game, having set a Major League record for consecutive elimination game losses. Milwaukee were underdogs this postseason after Christian Yelich’s injury, but they will be disappointed their September surge didn’t count for anything.

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