This Is SportsCenter: Matt Harvey
When the Dark Knight eats ice cream, it's go big or go home.
David Ross, the Cubs' difference-maker?
How did a 38-year-old backup catcher who hit .190 the past 3 seasons become the clubhouse leader? Why does manager Joe Maddon refer to Ross as someone who "brings out courage and strength in other people" and is an irreplaceable piece of these Cubs? Intangibles
Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN
What’s next for the Yankees?
Jim Bowden says the Yankees have a solid, young core but should acquire a right-handed, middle-of-the-lineup bat. Three offseason objectives (Insider)
Correa douses Olney in champagne
Buster Olney was all set to interview Astros rookie Carlos Correa after his team's wild-card win, but the SS decided Olney needed to be covered in champagne beforehand.
The Houston #Astros were so happy, they couldn't contain their champagne.
Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN
Cubs announce roster for tonight, and they are carrying 10 pitchers, including Lester. Insurance for a really long extra-inning game.
Pitching could rule in NL wild-card game
Jake Arrieta was 3-1 with an 0.75 ERA in five starts against the Pirates this season. Gerrit Cole was 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in four starts against the Cubs, striking out 32 and walking four. What's gonna give? Wild card stats to know
Arrieta, Cole to meet in NL wild-card game
Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta has been lights-out since the All-Star break. Can he shut down Gerrit Cole and the Pirates in the NL wild-card game today?
Grantland: Dallas owned NYC for a night
Ben Lindbergh writes that Joe Girardi doesn’t deserve any blame for Tuesday’s shutout loss. No managerial move could’ve altered the outcome. Dallas Keuchel was that good
ICYMI: Astros blank Yanks in wild-card game
The Astros hit two solo home runs, and Dallas Keuchel struck out seven over six scoreless innings en route to a 3-0 win over the Yankees. Houston will face Kansas City in the ALDS beginning Thursday.
Colby Rasmus is celebrating accordingly
The LF hit his first postseason home run, he's covered in champagne and the Astros are headed to the ALDS. Looks like a good night.
Kevin Negandhi @KNegandhiESPN
On opening day, the Yankees had the highest AL payroll at $220M. Astros had the lowest AL payroll at $70M.
Correa: Astros confident heading to ALDS
Buster Olney thanks Carlos Correa for ruining his eyesight with champagne and proceeds to ask the Astros SS about Dallas Keuchel's performance. "Oh, he was outstanding," Correa said. "Lights out."
Updated World Series odds
Via Westgate LV Superbook, here are the latest odds to win the World Series:
- Blue Jays: 3-1
- Royals: 4-1
- Dodgers: 5-1
- Cardinals: 6-1
- Mets: 7-1
BBTN previews NL wild-card game
Said Eduardo Perez: "This is not so much [Jake] Arrieta as it is [Gerrit] Cole at home. He has to be able to stand his ground." And Karl Ravech added that Cole is "going to need a zero through six innings."
What went wrong in New York?
Tim Kurkjian on SportsCenter: "The Yankees simply stopped hitting the last two weeks of the season. ... It's pretty clear here they have to go out and get a bat [this offseason]."
Jose Altuve @josealtuve27
We did it ... Lo hicimos ???? gracias Dios mio
Where In The World Isn't SVP?
Did Scott Van Pelt pull double duty and attend the Yankees-Astros AL wild-card game before he hosted SportsCenter? It certainly looks that way.
Jose Altuve @josealtuve27
Sin palabras ... No words