Updated Monday morning, 10/7.
A full slate of four playoff games await baseball fans today, beginning with Detroit/Oakland in ALDS play around lunchtime. Here’s updates on several former Cougars who are chasing a World Series dream. A total of nine Cougars alumni are represented below.
Detroit and Oakland are even at a game apiece as the series shifts to Motown today. Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera (’01) has singled in each of the two games in Oakland but the team has been held in check offensively, batting just .219. Cabrera has reached base safely in all 26 of his career postseason games, dating back to his time with the 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins.
Oakland pitcher Dan Straily (’10) is expected to start for the A’s in a pivotal Game 4 on Tuesday. The young right-hander led all American League rookies in wins (10), starts (27), strikeouts (124) and innings (152.1) in 2013. He’s expected to oppose Detroit righty Doug Fister.
Another A’s pitcher, Sean Doolittle (’07), pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief in Friday’s Game 1 loss.
Boston can close out their ALDS matchup against Tampa today. Pitcher Ryan Dempster (’96) has pitched out of the Red Sox bullpen, throwing the final inning in Friday’s Game 1 win.
NLDS play includes a matinee between Pittsburgh and St. Louis later today. A Pittsburgh win will send St. Louis home. Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett (’98) labored through a forgettable Game 1 loss against the Redbirds and if Game 5 becomes a reality, the right-hander could be back on the bump for a make-or-break game. Fellow Pittsburgh pitcher Vin Mazzaro (’06) pitched an inning of scoreless relief in Game 1. This is the Pirates’ first trip to the postseason since 1992.
A trifecta of Los Angeles Dodgers and former Cougars are one win away from advancing to the NLCS. Their offensive output in Game 3 tied a franchise record for most runs in a postseason game. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez (’01) is batting .357 in the series and drove in a pair of runs in Sunday’s 13-6 win. Outfielder Andre Ethier (’03) has been relegated to a pinch-hitting role in each of the first three games. Pitcher Ronald Belisario (’02) has pitched scoreless relief in two games.