The Houston Astros punched their ticket to the 2017 World Series with a Game Seven win over the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series (ALCS). For the Yankees, it was their fifth deciding game playoff series loss (Game 5 of a five-game series or Game 7 of a seven-game series) since 2000.
The Yankees five deciding game playoff series losses is second to the Oakland A’s who’ve lost six deciding game losses this century.
There have been 40 playoff series since 2000 that have gone to a deciding fifth game or seventh game. Following are the number of deciding game series losses for each MLB team since 2000.
5: New York Yankees
3: Atlanta, Washington
2: Boston, Houston, St. Louis, Texas
1: Arizona, Baltimore, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati, Kansas City, L.A. Dodgers, N.Y. Mets, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Tampa Bay
If you watched Thursday Night Football (Kansas City vs. the Raiders) a couple days ago, you saw the Raiders score a pair of TDs in the first quarter. Scoring 14 or more points in the first quarter is not a common occurrence in an NFL game, but it has happened enough to show us that the team that does put 14 or more points on the scoreboard is usually in for a good game… i.e., a win!
The Raiders went on to win the game 31-30 on a last-second TD. Since the 2010 season, NFL teams are now 229-48-1 (.826 winning percentage) in regular season games when they score 14 or more points in the first quarter.
The Green Bay Packers have had the most games with 14 or more points in the first quarter since the 2010 season with 20. The Patriots are second with 16 games. What makes this Packers stat all the more impressive is that they are 20-0 in those games. In fact, the Packers have not lost a game when they scored 14 or more points in the first quarter since November 8, 2009, a streak of 22 straight wins.
The Packers are one of seven NFL teams that are undefeated since 2010 when they tally 14 or more points in the first quarter. The others: Cincinnati (8-0), Carolina (7-0), Seattle (7-0), Minnesota (6-0), Arizona (5-0) and Miami (3-0). Thirty-one of the 32 NFL teams have a .500 or better winning percentage in these games; the only team with a losing record in games when they score 14 or more points in the first quarter is Jacksonville. They are 0-3 (.000).
L.A. Dodgers outfielder Enrique Hernandez last night was the big story in his team’s 11-1 win over the Cubs. Hernandez had three home runs and seven RBI as the Dodgers beat the Cubs four games to one and will make their first appearance in the World Series since 1988.
Hernandez became the fifth player in MLB history to have seven RBI in a post-season game… and he was probably the most unlikely of candidates. Hernandez had only 37 RBI during the season. The other four players to get seven RBI in an MLB playoff game (their RBIs in that season are noted in parenthesis) were: Edgar Martinez, Seattle, 1995 (113); Mo Vaughn, Boston, 1998 (115); John Valentin, Boston, 1999 (70); Troy O’Leary, Boston, 1999 (103).
Hernandez also became the 10th player in history to hit three home runs in a post-season game (Note: It has happened 11 times… Babe Ruth did it twice.) Hernandez is the first player in MLB history to hit three home runs and have seven RBIs in a post-season contest.
On Sunday, Brett Hundley will become the fourth quarterback not named Aaron Rodgers to start a game at QB for the Packers since 2008.
There have been 150 regular season games played by the Pack since the start of the 2008 season, the year Rodgers became the starting QB (taking over for Brett Favre). Since then, Rodgers has started 141 regular season games. Matt Flynn started six games at QB for the Packers; Scott Tolzien started two, and Seneca Wallace started one game for the Pack at QB since the ’08 campaign.
The Packers can only hope that Hundley has better luck in his first start for the Packers than the previous three signal-callers. Flynn’s first start at QB replacing Rodgers was on December 19, 2010. The team lost to the Bears 37-24. In that game, Flynn was 24-for-37 for 251 yards, with three TD passes and one interception. His Passer Rating was 100.2 in that game.
Wallace’s first start as a Packer QB was on November 10, 2013. It didn’t last long. Wallace sustained a groin injury in the first quarter of the game, which ended up being a 27-13 loss to the eagles. Wallace was five-for-five in the game for 25 yards with a Passer Rating of 87.5. Wallace had previously started 21 games in his career (14 with the Seahawks and seven with the Browns). Ironically, that start with the Pack was Wallace’s last game in the NFL.
Tolzien started his first game at QB for the Packers just one week after Wallace’s start (on November 17, 2013). The Packers lost that contest 27-13 to the New York Giants. Tolzien was 24-for-34 for 339 yards in the game; he did, however, have three interceptions and no TD passes. His Passer Rating was 65.7 in the game.
Will Hundley’s first career start against the New Orleans Saints have a different result than the three QBs who started their first games in relief of Aaron Rodgers? Packers Nation are just hoping for a “W” in the game.
The 2017-18 NBA regular season got started last night with a pair of games. Eleven games will be played tonight.
Looking at the past 10 seasons, there were two teams (San Antonio and Toronto) that won eight of their 10 season-openers, while one team, the Milwaukee Bucks, won only one season-opener in the past 10 years.
Here’s a look at how many season-openers were won by each of the 30 NBA franchises in the last 10 years (2007-08 to 2016-17):
8: San Antonio, Toronto
7: Boston, Chicago, Denver, Miami, Portland
6: Atlanta, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City
5: Brooklyn, Charlotte, Dallas, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, L.A. Lakers, Minnesota, New Orleans, Phoenix
4: Cleveland, Orlando, Sacramento
2: Memphis, Philadelphia, Washington