Major League Baseball just released the game times for the remainder of the division series. Here are your Thursday and Friday game times. Assume all of the “if necessaries” as applicable:
- NLDS Game 5, SF @ CIN: 1:07 p.m. (ET) TBS
- NLDS Game 4, STL @ WSH: 4:07 p.m. (ET) TBS
- ALDS Game 4, BAL @ NYY: 7:37 p.m. (ET) TBS
- ALDS Game 5, DET @ OAK: 9:37 p.m. (ET) TNT
- ALDS Game 5, BAL @ NYY: 5:07 p.m. (ET) TBS
- NLDS Game 5, STL @ WSH: 8:37 p.m. (ET) TBS
Notes: On Thursday, the Giants-Reds, Cardinals-Nats and Orioles-Yankees games each shift to one hour later if the Tigers-A’s series ends before then. Also, the Orioles-Yankees game on Friday shifts to 7:07 PM on TBS if the Cards-Nats series ends on Thursday.
Word on the street was that the Nats-Cards games were going to be played at 3AM Eastern so as to not interfere with any Nats fans who have to work, but the ideas was discarded after much passionate debate.
Pirates first baseman John Jaso hit for the cycle on Wednesday night against the Cubs, becoming the first Pirate to do so since Daryl Ward against the Cardinals on May 26, 2004. Jaso’s cycle is the first to be hit at PNC Park. It’s also the third cycle of the 2016 season, as Jaso joins Freddie Freeman and Rajai Davis.
Jaso singled in the second inning for his first hit. He smashed a three-run homer in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. He hit an RBI double in the fifth to push the Cubs’ lead to 5-1. Then, in the seventh, Jaso hit an RBI triple to make it an 8-4 game.
Coming into Wednesday night, Jaso was hitting an adequate .259/.342/.384 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 416 plate appearances. He’s been limited mostly to right-handed pitching as the Pirates have used David Freese and Josh Bell at the position as well.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 30 games with a single to center field in the bottom of the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s win against the Phillies. Prior to that at-bat, he had grounded out, been hit by a pitch, and walked.
Freeman entered Wednesday night batting .382/.477/.673 with 11 doubles, seven home runs, 27 RBI, and 24 runs scored over his past 29 games. Though his numbers are lacking compared to National League MVP Award favorite Kris Bryant, Freeman will get some top-five votes. On the season, he entered Wednesday hitting .307/.404/.576 with 33 home runs, 88 RBI, and 99 runs scored in 673 plate appearances.
Freeman’s 30-game hitting streak is the longest such streak in the majors this season, according to ESPN Stats & Info. He has also reached base safely in 46 consecutive games.