SERIES PREVIEW – The Chicago Mobsters who won the American League Central faces off vs. the Hollywood Werewolves who won the American League West. Hollywood has a little more rest under its belt, as they won their Wild Card Round games vs. Southwest Detroit in 5 games, while the Mobsters went the distance winning in 6 games vs. the Crime of Detroit. What should be an exciting matchup with two long-time rivals, who have been here many times. Vegas odds have the Werewolves winning in 6 games, but the Mobsters never believe in the odds & manager Stray Corrado has said before “We make our own Odds up in Chicago, & will be ready to play ball”.

GAME #1 – Trevor Bauer 12-5 (3.28) vs. Charlie Morton 20-5 (2.49)

Chicago gets out to an early lead & the offense comes alive (Especially the Home Run). 4 Bombs for the Mobsters sets an early precedent for the series. Mike Trout, & Yodan Alvarez hit 2 of the 4 Home Runs. Willy Adames has the other 2. Trout with 3 RBIs, Alvarez with 3 RBIs & Adames with 4 RBIs account for all 10 of Chicago’s runs. Hollywood’s J.P. Crawford has 3 Hits in 4 trips, including a Home Run. Matt Chapman has a solo shot for the Werewolves. Charlie Morton gets roughed up early & leaving after 4 Innings Pitched. Trevor Bauer on the Chicago side goes 6 Innings allowing 4 Earned Runs. Richard Rodriguez fails the Werewolves allowing 5 Runs in 1.2 Inning of relief for Hollywood. Chicago’s pen throws the kitchen sink at Hollywood, with 6 relievers going the final 3 frames to hold on for the Mobsters.

CHI 10 – HOL 5
Win: Trevor Bauer 1-0 (6.00)
Loss: Charlie Morton 0-1 (11.25)

GAME #2 – Lance McCullers 9-11 (4.16) vs. Drew Rasmussen 4-6 (3.99)

What do you do as a manager when you know the Closer just doesn’t have it? Aroldis Chapman has basically been the man for Chicago since Billy Wagner Departed the scene after the 2011 MWBL Season. Stray Corrado knows it, yet continues to put his backside out there in the 9th. It happened again. He knew it too. Up 4-2 headed to the bottom of the 9th thanks to an Andrew McCutchen Home Run in the 8th. Chicago goes to Chapman. 2 Walks, 2 Hits later Chapman is pulled. Alexander Reyes comes in & faces 2 batters, a walk, & a single & Hollywood walks it off in the 9th at home to tie the series at 1 Game apiece.

HOL 5 – CHI 4
Win: Joe Barlow 1-0 (0.00)
Loss: Aroldis Chapman 0-1 (27.00)

GAME #3 – Clayton Kershaw 14-1 (2.75) vs. Julio Urias 14-7 (3.11)

Julio Urias let up 2 Runs in the 1st as Nick Castellanos & Paul Goldschmidt had hits to knock in a single run each. Julio Urias walked off the mound after the 1st Inning down 2-0 & said “That’s the last 2 runs they will score off me today”. Urias then went out & pitched another 6.2 innings without allowing another Run.
“Julio was the man today. Next year, we might have another Julio just like him on the offensive side”.
Lorenzo Cain is known way more for his defense than his bat. However, Cain provided a monster shot in the bottom of the 2nd Inning to give the Mobsters a 4-2 lead. That was all Chicago needed as they went on to win game #3 & take a 2-1 lead in the series.

CHI 5 – HOL 2
Win: Julio Urias 1-0 (2.35)
Loss: Clayton Kershaw 0-1 (15.00)
Save: Craig Stammen #1

GAME #4 – Shane McClanahan 14-4 (2.88) vs. Marcus Stroman 13-12 (3.16) 

Shane McClanahan goes down with an arm injury at the beginning of the 3rd Inning. McClanahan threw a warm-up pitch but was pulled in hopes of no further damage. An MRI later revealed swelling in the right tricep & McClanahan was shut down for the remainder of the series. Wade Miley comes in and throws 3 great Innings before getting roughed up a little in the 7th. Andrew McCutchen has 3 Hits including a Home Run, but Joey Votto is the man today. Votto has 3 Hits in 4 trips, scores 2 Runs, has 2 Home Runs & drives in 4 RBIs. Marcus Stroman goes 6 Innings for Chicago. A cast of bullpen arms holds the lead for the Mobsters & stubborn Stray Corrado throws Aroldis Chapman out there for the last out of the 9th Inning.

CHI 6 – HOL 5
Win: Juan Minaya 1-0 (0.00)
Loss: Shane McClanahan 0-1 (4.50)
Save: Aroldis Chapman #1

GAME #5 – Charlie Morton 20-5 (2.49) vs. Trevor Bauer 12-5 (3.28)

Yandy Diaz. He doesn’t hit for much power. Yet in Game #5 he does. 2 for 3, with 2 Home Runs, & 3 RBIs. Trevor Bauer climbs the hill for the 2nd time in the series. 7 Inning later, only 1 Run has been scratched across for the Werewolves. Chicago goes to the pen. Gregory Soto (who has been a solid commodity since acquiring him from the Motor City Muscle at the trade deadline) pitches 1 Inning, Alexander Reyes & Nick Sandlin close it out in the 9th for Chicago.

CHI 6 – HOL 1
Win: Trevor Bauer 2-0 (3.46)
Loss: Charlie Morton 0-2 (9.00)

SERIES SUMMARY – Vegas odds weren’t good. The Chicago Mobsters were. Actually, they only were good with the long ball. The out Homered the Werewolves 11-4. It proved to be the difference & the downfall here.
Can Chicago’s power continue in the American League Championship Series vs. Fremont or Southbend? Will they have what it takes to become American League Champions? Those questions will be asked at a later date & time. However, for the time being, Chicago’s manager can be head at the after-game press conference saying “We make our own Odds up in Chicago, but what the hell am I going to do with Chapman?”

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