MLBCS podcast with Michael Duca: Braves one away from fall classic; Astros on the brink take 3-2 lead game 6 goes back to Houston

The balls were flying out of Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on Wed Oct 20, 2021 in game 4 of the NLCS as the Atlanta Braves Eddie Rosario connected for one of four Braves home runs this one being hit the top of the second inning (AP News photo)

On the MLBCS podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 Miguel, what has gone wrong with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1-3) they lost the first two games of this NLCS on ninth inning walks off, they nearly lost game 3 the Atlanta Braves (3-1) had a 5-2 lead but the Dodgers got a eighth inning four run rally, in game 4 not so lucky the Braves win a laugher 9-2 with game 5 in LA tonight.

#2 Did the first two loses of this series kind of take the wind out of the Dodgers sails or were they pretty mentally exhausted from the NLDS with the San Francisco Giants going the whole five games.

#3 How much has been placed on Jose Urias he came in as a reliever in game 2 pitched the eighth in relief was shelled for three hits and two earned runs and started yesterday in game 4 went five innings, gave up five runs on eight hits in his start.

#4 Turning to the Houston Astros, the Astros took a three games to two lead on the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park with a convincing 9-1 lead. This was the Red Sox best chance to take the lead in the series at home but the Astros came out hitting and now home field on Friday night at Minute Maid Field and could win it to advance to the World Series in game 6.

#5 You had many a conversation with Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker and he’s done a whale of a job managing this club to get this far know him talk about his relationships with his players and the job he’s done this season.

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Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Yankees give Boone 3 more years; Nets will feel Irving’s absence; plus more

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone seen talking to the media before the AL Wild Card game on Mon Oct 4, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston has signed a three year deal with the Yankees for three years to remain as manager. (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica:

#1 New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone will return next season. Boone signed for a three contract and has an option for 2025. Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner said that Boone has acumen and brings respect in the clubhouse.

#2 Boone and the Yankees finished in third in the AL East and lost to the Boston Red Sox in the Wild Card game that put Boone’s future with the Yankees in jeopardy. Steinbrenner felt that Boone had the respect of the players to return and make a run at the post season.

#3 Jessica turning to the NBA the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks who battled in an opening night game in Milwaukee. The Bucks held the lead for pretty much of the game later to win it 127-104. It’s early to tell but without Kyrie Irving in for the Nets does his absence from the team for Covid-19 protocol issues have an impact on the team?

#4 Taking a look at the MLB post season. The Atlanta Braves have had such a hold on the Dodgers winning the first two games of the series by two walk off hits in the ninth in Atlanta. The Braves taking a significant lead on the Dodgers on Tuesday night 5-2 in Los Angeles. The Dodgers made a comeback 6-5 to win game 3 with a 2-1 Braves margin. The Braves now with a 3-1 series lead won a laugher in game 4 on Wednesday night need one more win to sweep the series.

#5 It’s been a series the Houston Astros have a 3-2 lead on the Boston Red Sox taking a 9-1 laugher in Boston in game 5. The Astros had their biggest inning in the top of the sixth scoring five runs and now returning to Houston on Friday night for game 6 and they are the brink of eliminating the Red Sox needing just one more win.

Jessica Kwong does Headline Sports every other Wednesday night at

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Dodgers on the brink of elimination; Can Raiders new coach put Gruden in review mirrior?; plus more

The Atlanta Braves Eddie Rosario is mobbed after swinging for the game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning in game 2 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sun Oct 17, 2021 at Turist Field in Cobb County GA (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary:

#1 Amaury, how hard, how unbelievable is it that the Los Angeles Dodgers (0-2) are down in the first two games of the NLCS to the Atlanta Braves (2-0). In both loses the Dodgers have lost by a run and on walks off hits.

#2 Talk about Kyle Schwarber of the Boston Red Sox parked one in the Fenway Park bleachers for a grand slam homer in the bottom of the second inning off Houston Astros starter Jose Urquidy. The Red Sox have been somewhat the surprise team in the post season they win game 12-3 and now are in front of the Astros 2-1.

#3 Turning to football, Las Vegas Raiders interim head coach Rich Bisaccia got off to a good start with a convincing 34-24 win over the Denver Broncos last Sunday at Empower Stadium to improve the Raiders record to 4-2 it had to take off some of the pressure on the Raiders after the Jon Gruden debacle.

#4 Turning to Pac 12 football Washington State Cougars head coach Nick Rolovich was fired by the university for refusing to take a Covid-19 vaccination shot. Some of the Cougars assistant coaches also were let go as they too refused to get vaccinated. Washington State employees are required to take the Covid-19 shot failure resulted in their termination.

#5 In the NHL the San Jose Sharks got their first victory on opening night at SAP Center over the visiting Winnipeg Jets as the Sharks embark on this current five game road trip they will come back for to San Jose face Montreal on Thu 28 and Winnipeg on Sat 30th. Amaury I know you have the 30th circled a big day for the Sharks as they will broadcast their first Spanish televised game that night with play by play announcer Jesus Zarate and yourself with color analysis.

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That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Red Sox wait for Astros or White Sox; Braves on the brink; Giants coming off some miracle pitching need one more

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (left) is Amaury’s pick for the 2021 Manager of the Year Award here he has a laugh with bench coach Tim Hyers (right) during game 3 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays Sat Oct 9, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary:

#1 The Boston Red Sox who have had their share of walk off wins now wait for their next opponent after getting a ninth inning walk off in their game four victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. The Red Sox will face either the Houston Astros or the Chicago White Sox.

#2 The Houston Astros who have a 2-1 ALDS series lead over the Chicago White Sox tonight at Guarantee Rate Field in Chicago need one more to advance to the ALCS and face the Boston Red Sox. But not before battling with Tony LaRussa’s White Sox. Chicago knows they have their backs to the wall against a very well prepared Dusty Baker’s Houston Astros.

#3 The Atlanta Braves have had just nothing short of great pitching in their last two games against the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS. The Braves got two back to back shutouts by scores of 3-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the series after the Brewers took game 1. The Brewers will be starting Eric Lauer a left hander against the Braves Charlie Morton in game five today at Trusit Park in Cobb County.

#4 The San Francisco Giants got their wins on shutouts against the Los Angeles Dodgers mighty line up. The Dodgers are without Max Muncy and Clayton Kershaw during this NLDS did that handicap them? The Dodgers got an offensive outburst in game 2 with a 9-2 win against Giants starter Kevin Gausman. The Giants got shutouts out of pitchers Logan Webb and Alex Webb in games 1 and 2 but really depend on starter Anthony DeScafani who matches up against the Dodgers Tony Gonsolin in game four tonight at Dodgers Stadium.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez does News and Commentary podcasts each Tuesday at

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: The Ultimate Baseball Face-off – Dusty Baker vs Tony LaRussa

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker (left) and Chicago White Sox manager Tony LaRussa meet at Minute Maid Field in Houston on Thu Oct 7, 2021 for game 1 of the ALDS (file photo NBC Sports)

The Ultimate Baseball Face-off – Dusty Baker vs Tony LaRussa

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

The American League Divisional Series is an attractive one. Two of the best hitting teams in all of baseball with very good pitching also. Manager Dusty Baker of the AL Western Division Champion Houston Astros, who will host Tony La Russa Manager of the Chicago White Sox Champion of the AL Central Division. Two excellent managers, who both return to the show after a few years of “unemployment”.

The two managers cut their teeth here in the Bay Area, Tony (The Hall of Famer) with the Athletics and Dusty (The Players Manager) with the Giants, they are two “old school” managers, not necessarily going by today’s super hyper stats of high-velocity pitches and hits, infield shifts, launch angle and all the other stuff which some media and fans overdose these days. Both not afraid of using the bunt, sacrifice, or as well as the hit and run or ‘run and hit’ and very much manage with their guts in-game situation.

Tony LaRussa is the active manager with the most wins ever 2,821, which places him second all-time behind the legendary owner and manager of the Philadelphia Athletics, Connie Mack who won a total of 3,731 baseball games.

Dusty Baker occupies No.12 in the all-time managers in wins with 1,987. Having covered both managers and traveled with them, there is a rivalry between both, the two oldest managers in baseball this season, Tony 77, Dusty 72.

They both speak conversational Spanish. In the 1980’s I recorded “El Show de Tony LaRussa” which was a three minute inside pregame show for radio. Tony would talk about the previous game with his take as a manager. With Dusty, many times I interviewed him including in the late 1990s when he was managing the Giants including 2002 when he won the National League Pennant and lost the World Series to the LA Angels.

This American League Divisional Series begins this Thursday, October 7 at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, who finished the season with 95-67 winning the West, while the Chicago White Sox ended with 93-69. This is the best-of-5 and Houston owns home-field advantage. Prediction: It will be a 5 game series. Houston is a much experienced postseason-proven team than Chicago. They didn’t clinch until the last week of the regular season.

Chicago White Sox won the Central Division (the weakest in baseball, second-place Cleveland Indians finished 13 games from Chicago). The Sox had their share of injuries, but they were never really challenged, they are a dynamic and mostly young ball club, which many critics believe (before the season) that LaRussa would be “too old” to win with this young group of players, but he proved those guys wrong and here is another Tony LaRussa team in the postseason.

Some great hitters for Houston in the series: José Altuve, Carlos Correa, Jordan Alvarez, Alex Bregman, Yuliesky Gurriel, who just won the league batting title with a .319 average, which today is the equivalent of hitting .340 decades ago, a breakthrough year for Kyle Tucker who was a First Round pick in the 2015 Draft, for the Astros and ended this season with his best numbers at 24 years of age, hit .294 with 30 home runs and 92 RBI. Their rotation is solid and a good bullpen to complete the game.

The Chicago White Sox can swing it with anybody. Tim Anderson, José Abreu, Yoán Moncada, Luis Robert, César Hernández, Eloy Jiménez, Yasmani Grandal, some of the names that can hit and hit for power. A very good pitching staff with Carlos Rodón, Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, Dylan Cease, and a very strong bullpen with Craig Kimbrel and Liam Hendricks to close the game.

I give the edge to Houston in 5 games, but if Chicago wins, they have the potential to run the table and go all the way and win the World Series.

About the Wild Card game: (Note) I never liked the Wild Card game, just one game to decide a season. The LA Dodgers won 106 games this year and finished second. The first team ever to finish with 106 wins and not win their division. The Dodgers play the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, Oct 6.

The winner advances, the other team goes home. Just image winning 106 games and getting eliminated in the first round of the postseason? Something is not right here. This is not the NFL. Solution? Wild Card should be the best of 3 games. Just reduce the season to 152 games instead of 162 to even the whole year schedule, so the World Series doesn’t end by Thanksgiving Day. Who really likes the ‘due or die games’? Fans and especially, television, who usually score very good ratings.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez call post season baseball on CBS Spanish radio and reported for Telemundo TV and does News and Commentary at

A’s Win Nail Biter in Houston 8-6

The Houston Astros Jose Siri (below) slides so hard he upends Oakland A’s third baseman Josh Harrison (above) in the first inning at Minute Maid Field in Houston on Fri Oct 1, 2021 (AP News photo)

A’s Win A Nail Biter in Houston 8-6

By Barbara Mason

After a long, grueling and disappointing season the Oakland A’s took on the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park Friday night. The A’s were swept by the Seattle Mariners earlier this week and would like to finished the season on a high note by beating the division leading Astros. In their last series just a week ago, the A’s swept Houston.

The A’s will not have the home crowd support and this game may prove to be a difficult one. This team has surprised us all year and so I would say this series is a toss up.

Houston got up on the board in the first inning and led 1-0. The A’s answered in the third inning when Josh Harrison singled driving Tony Kemp home to tie up the game. Chad Pinder would extend their lead in the fourth inning with a home run to take the lead 2-1.

Matt Olson hit his 39th home run of the season driving Starling Marte home and giving Oakland a 4-1 lead. The Mariners would score once in the inning trying to get back in this game.

Oakland continued to pile it on in the eighth inning. Marte, Pinder and Yan Gomes scored giving the A’s a 7-2 lead. Oakland was not finished. Seth Brown would score on an error and it was at that point that Houston made a pitching change. The A’s had caused some major damage in the eighth inning leading 8-2.

The Houston Astros began to stir up a little trouble chipping away at the A’s lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jake Meyers singled driving in Carlos Correa. It was then that Bob Melvin pulled Yusmeiro Petit and sent in Deolis Guerra. It was not a good outing for Guerra.

The first batter he faced Jason Castro hit a home run with runners on base and just like that the score in this game was 8-6 in favor of the A’s. With two outs Lou Trivino came into the game to try to salvage the inning. The A’s were able to close out the inning and they were three outs away from a win in game one of the series.

In the ninth inning the A’s really needed some insurance runs. When playing a team like the Astros you just can’t have too large of a lead. Those insurance runs were nowhere to be found as the A’s went three up and three down.

The Astros were looking for a walk off. Lou Trivino walked two and with no outs the game was on the line for Oakland. Altuve would strike out, Brantley grounded out, Meyers grounded out and Oakland had won the game 8-6 in a nail biter. Lou Trivino got the save on his 30th birthday.

Game two is schedule for 4:10. Paul Blackburn will take the mound tomorrow and for the Astros Jake Odorizz

Oakland A’s podcast with Lewis Rubman: Too much Mariners and Rangers spoiled A’s drive to post season

Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin after getting ejected by umpire Greg Gibson (53) Wed Sep 22, 2021 at the Oakland Coliseum against the Seattle Mariners worked as hard and skillfully as he could but it was not enough to win a Wild Card spot this season (AP News photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Lewis Rubman for Jeremiah Salmonson:

#1 Lewis, This is our last A’s podcast for 2021 and as hard as that is it’s got to be harder for A’s manager Bob Melvin who skippered the ship as things happened in the course of the season like the bullpen struggled and too many meetings with the Rangers and Mariners.

#2 The Mariners were certainly tough customers on the A’s in the last two months of the season they swept the A’s in a four game series in Oakland and swept them again in Seattle this week in a three game series which eliminated them from playoff contention.

#3 The A’s before taking off to Seattle had a three game sweep in Oakland over the Houston Astros who the A’s currently trail by eight games and who they were with in two games behind them in second place for most of the season.

#4 Oakland A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus had successful surgery on Wednesday repairing his fibula which fractured on Saturday on a slide at home plate on Saturday. Andrus went through two surgeries one to repair the fibula and one to repair the ankle due to a sprain joint in the left leg. Dr. Bringham Au at Trinity Surgical Center in Arlington who performed the surgery said Andrus should be ready for spring training next season.

#5 The A’s will be starting Sean Manaea (10-10 ERA 3.94) he’ll be opposed by the Astros Framber Valdez (11-5 ERA 2.98) first pitch at Minute Maid Field 5:10 PDT.

Lewis Rubman filled in for Jeremiah Salmonson. Jeremiah did the Oakland A’s podcasts each Friday for the 2021 season and will be back Saturdays with the San Francisco 49ers podcasts at

A’s take on Astros to end season; Series opens at Minute Maid Field Friday night

Oakland A’s starter Sean Manaea pitching against the Seattle Mariners in this Jul 21, 2021 photo at T Mobile Field in Seattle will start against the Houston Astros on Fri Oct 1, 2021 at Minute Maid Field in Houston (AP News file photo)

A’s Take On the Astros to End the Season

By Barbara Mason

It has been a mixed bag for the Oakland A’s the past week. It’s been sheer madness. Last week they were swept by the Mariners in a four series followed by an A’s sweep of the division leading Houston Astros. Last Monday the A’s again fell to the Mariners in a three game sweep. The loss yesterday was the twelfth loss in a row to the Seattle Mariners. The A’s cannot seem to crack this team and it has been beyond frustrating.

Starting tomorrow the A’s will finish their season in a three game series, again, with the Houston Astros. Hoping to duplicate last weeks series it would be a nice way to finish the season.

Now that the playoffs will have to wait until next year some wins over Houston would be a very good thing. Chris Bassitt had said that the team is very disappointed. They had the playoffs in clear view until they stumbled for the better part of September losing 15 games.

It was inconsistent play that was the A’s demise. A lot of trouble in the bullpen and at times the starters. They did have a bit of a drought when it came to hitting here and there. The defense was consistently solid one of the bright spots in the season.

So here we have the Houston Astros one last time. Oakland will not have the booing fans that they did in Oakland. The only place right now that the Astros are not hassled is right here at home in Houston.

At the time of this story the Astros were undecided as far as pitching. Oakland will send Sean Manea to the mound. His record is 10-10 with an ERA of 3.94. Matt Olson figures to be a factor in this weeks games. He has had 38 home runs this season and will no doubt add one or two more.

So it will be a bittersweet ending for the Oakland A’s. They were in contention for postseason action almost the entire season. Now it has come down to; maybe next year. Despite all of it the A’s gave their fans alot to cheer about this season. They had some great games and I believe they have a bright future. Yes there is some work to do but they will get it done; Skipper Melvin will see to that.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: A’s loss to M’s pretty much ends Wild Card hopes; Oakland now 3.5 back

Oakland A’s Elvis Andrus grimaces as he rounds third base and heads home to score the A’s winning walk off run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Houston Astros on Sat Sep 25, 2021 at the Oakland Coliseum (AP News photo)

Jerry Feitelberg is filling in for Amaury on the podcast:

#1 The A’s certainly know how to keep fans on the edge of their seats they certainly did that with a three game sweep at the Oakland Coliseum over the weekend with the Houston Astros.

#2 The A’s in one of those nail biters came on Saturday when Elvis Andrus was scrambling for home plate on a Starling Marte double Andrus was flying round third and scored a on a belly flop at the plate for the game winner but felt a pop in his ankle coming home which turned out to be a left fibula fracture.

#3 The other walk off win came on Sunday when Mark Canha got a base hit in the bottom of the ninth to score Sean Murphy from third with the bases loaded.

#4 The A’s showed a lot of resilience in the series and fighting back on the tough Astros was impressive work it was a series that kept them alive in the AL Wild card race after losing a four game series at home against the Mariners.

#5 Lastly there has been a lot of controversy regarding the A’s raising ticket prices almost doubling the prices and A’s season ticket holders have either dropped out or will hold their nose and buy next season but are not purchasing them quietly.

Jerry Feitelberg filled in for Amaury Pi Gonzalez who is the Oakland A’s Spanish radio play by play talent on flagship station 1010 KIQI Le Grande San Francisco and does News and Commentary at

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: A’s to face feisty Mariners again this time in Seattle tonight

Oakland A’s pitcher Cole Irvin gets the start tonight against the Seattle Mariners at T Mobile Field in Seattle to open a three game series (White Cleat Beat file photo)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 The A’s after getting swept by the Seattle Mariners in their last meeting will get a chance to face them again this time in Seattle on Monday night right now the A’s are trying to play for pride as the Wild Card for all intensive purposes are out of reach.

#2 The A’s had a pretty good series against their first place rivals the Houston Astros sweeping the Astros at the Oakland Coliseum. Astros manager Dusty Baker and company are tough customers.

#3 The A’s out of the Wild Card 3.5 games back and seven out of the AL West it sure doesn’t help things that Elvis Andrus and Jed Lowrie were both placed on the ten day injured list.

#4 Andrus got hurt while rounding third base and pulled up with a leg injury but got a belly flop slide in on Saturday night for the game winning run against the Astros but will be out for the rest of the season.

#5 The A’s open a three game series in Seattle Monday night they will start Cole Irvin (10-14 ERA 3.99) and for the Mariners Chris Flexen (13-6 ERA 3.56) a 7:10 pm first pitch at T Mobile Park in Seattle.

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