Weekend Open Thread

Friday: Happy Friday folks, assuming you can read this and aren’t stuck with the massive internet outage sweeping across the country. I haven’t been able to check Twitter for hours. It’s quite liberating, I must say. Anyway, there is no baseball this evening. It’s a travel day for the NLCS. The Dodgers and Cubs will be back at it tomorrow night with Game Six. The Cubbies are looking to claim their first NL pennant since 1945.

Here is your open thread for the evening. The Islanders are pretty much the only local sports team in action, so you’re on your own for entertainment tonight. Have at it.

Saturday: Once again, this is the open thread. The Dodgers and Cubs are playing Game Six of the NLCS tonight (Kershaw vs. Hendricks, 8pm ET on FOX Sports 1), plus there’s all sorts of college football on too. The (hockey) Rangers and Devils are both paying as well. Talk about whatever here.

Thursday Night Open Thread

The Cleveland Andrew Millers are going to the World Series! Cleveland beat the Blue Jays in Game Five of the ALCS yesterday to win the pennant. They await the winner of the Dodgers-Cubs series. Those two clubs will play Game Five of the NLCS tonight (8pm ET on FOX Sports 1). Kenta Maeda and Jon Lester are the scheduled starters. That series is tied at two games apiece, so Game Six is definitely happening Saturday. Hooray for that. Hopefully we get a Game Seven too.

Here is tonight’s open thread. In addition to the NLCS, you also have the Thursday night NFL game, the Devils, and some preseason basketball. Talk about those games or anything else right here.

(Today is the anniversary of Game Four of the 2009 ALCS, hence the video. Here’s the box score.)

Wednesday Open Thread

Another day with two baseball games, hence the early open thread. Hooray for that. This might be the last two-game day of the season. The only other possibility is Saturday, and that requires a Game Six in the NLCS and a Game Seven in the ALCS. Here is today’s schedule:

  • ALCS Game Five: Indians at Blue Jays (Merritt vs. Estrada), 4pm ET on TBS (Indians up 3-1)
  • NLCS Game Four: Cubs at Dodgers (Lackey vs. Urias), 8pm ET on FOX Sports 1 (Dodgers up 2-1)

In addition to the baseball games, the (hockey) Rangers are playing tonight and there’s some preseason basketball on as well. Discuss the LCS games or whatever else right here. Just no religion or politics. I know the debate is on tonight, but please, this ain’t the place for that. Thanks in advance.

Tuesday Open Thread

Got some former Yankee news to pass along: Hiroki Kuroda is retiring! He made the announcement today. “The Japan Series will be the end. I’ve decided to hang it up,” he told Kyodo News. “I’ve been shown an excellent dream with an excellent team. And now I want to go out with a smile on my face, all of us celebrating a championship pouring beer on each other.”

Kuroda, now 41, had a 3.09 ERA in 24 starts and 151.2 innings for the Hiroshima Carp earlier this season. He won his 200th professional game a few weeks ago. The Carp, who hadn’t made the postseason since 1991, are playing Shohei Otani’s Nippon Ham Fighters in the Japan Series, which begins this weekend. Give ’em hell, Hiroki. He was a damn good Yankee.

Anyway, here is today’s open thread. I’m posting it a little earlier than usual because there are two postseason games today. Last day this season we’re guaranteed two games, you know. Here’s the schedule:

  • ALCS Game Four: Indians at Blue Jays (Kluber vs. Sanchez), 4pm ET on TBS (Indians up 3-0)
  • NLCS Game Three: Cubs at Dodgers (Arrieta vs. Hill), 8pm ET on FOX Sports (Series tied 1-1)

The Islanders and Devils are also playing tonight, if you’re looking for some non-baseball entertainment. Talk about those games, Kuroda’s retirement, or anything else right here.

Monday Night Open Thread

This postseason has been incredible, hasn’t it? Last night’s game, a 1-0 win for the Dodgers, was thrilling. So many great games this year. Hopefully tonight’s game, Game Three of the ALCS between the Indians and Blue Jays (8pm ET on TBS), is another classic. The Indians lead the ALCS two games to none but now the series shifts to Rogers Centre in Toronto. Trevor Bauer and Marcus Stroman are tonight’s starters.

Here is tonight’s open thread. In addition to the ALCS game, there’s also Monday Night Football (Jets at Cardinals), plus the (hockey) Rangers are playing and there’s some preseason basketball on as well. You folks know how these things work by now, so have at it.

(Today is the anniversary of Game Two of the 2009 ALCS, hence the video choice.)

Weekend Open Thread

Friday: How about that Dodgers-Cubs game last night? That was pretty awesome. This entire postseason has been really entertaining. Lots of nail-biters. I’m pretty sure this postseason would kill me if the Yankees were still playing. Anyway, the Blue Jays and Indians open the ALCS tonight (8pm ET on TBS), so that’s fun. Go team that employs Andrew Miller.

Here is tonight’s open thread. You’re pretty much on your own for entertainment aside from the ALCS. You folks know how these things work, so do what you do. Enjoy the game.

Saturday: Once again, here is today’s open thread. We’ve got two LCS games today, so that’s cool. Here is today’s schedule:

  • ALCS Game Two: Blue Jays at Indians (Happ vs. Tomlin), 4pm ET on TBS (Indians up 1-0)
  • NLCS Game One: Dodgers at Cubs (Maeda vs. Lester), 8pm ET on FOX Sports 1

There’s also a full slate of college football on as well. The three hockey locals are playing too. Talk about those games or whatever else is on your mind. Just not politics or religion.

Sunday: For one last time, this is today’s open thread. The Cubs and Dodgers will play Game Two of the NLCS at 8pm ET on FOX Sports 1. Kyle Hendricks and Clayton Kershaw are the scheduled starters. The Dodgers are getting their money’s worth out of Kershaw this October, huh? The Cubbies lead that series one game to one. Aside from the NLCS, you’ve also got all the day’s NFL action plus the Islanders later tonight. Go nuts.

Thursday Night Open Thread

Good news: baseball is back. That one day without postseason games was pretty lame. Even better news: tonight is a winner-take-all Game Five between the Dodgers and Nationals (8pm ET on FOX Sports 1). Who doesn’t love an elimination game? Rich Hill (on three days’ rest) and Max Scherzer are the scheduled starters. Tonight’s game will determine who gets to lose to the Cubs in the NLCS.

Here is tonight’s open thread. In addition to Dodgers-Nats, there’s also the Thursday NFL game, plus the three local hockey teams all begin their seasons as well. Not sure I’m ready for Rangers-Islanders intensity right out of the gate. Could have used some warm up games against the Hurricanes and Blue Jackets first. Anyway, talk about whatever.