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Jon Gray’s first inning in the Wild Card game nearly goes as poorly as Luis Severino’s

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Rockies starter Jon Gray, like Yankees starter Luis Severino, gave up three runs in his Wild Card start. Gray, however, was able to navigate out of the inning.

Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke set the Rockies down in order in the top of the first. Then the D-Backs’ offense came out swinging against Gray. David Peralta and Ketel Marte both singled and Paul Goldschmidt followed up by ripping Gray’s first-pitch curve over the fence in left field at Chase Field for a three-run home run.

The similarities to Severino’s didn’t stop there. Just like Severino, Gray allowed a single and then a double after the first three runs scored. Rockies manager Bud Black stuck with Gray, though, who struck out Daniel Descalso and Jeff Mathis to get out of the inning.

Makes you wonder if the Rockies might’ve put themselves in a better position by trying “bullpenning.”

Update: After getting Greinke to ground out to lead off the bottom of the second, Peralta singled and Marte knocked him in with a triple to make it 4-0. Black took Gray out and brought in Scott Oberg. Yikes.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. named ALCS MVP

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.

Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.

Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.

Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.