We witnessed another huge week in sports. Canelo Alvarez made history in the boxing ring. Kevin Harvick secured the final NASCAR Playoff spot. Over in the NHL, an Eastern Conference team has dominated. In the NBA, an Eastern Conference squad has dominated as well. Finally, the biggest World Series underdog since 2007 took the championship. Check out what happened this past week in sports!
Weekly Sports Update – November 4th Edition
MLB: Washington Nationals Win the World Series
The Washington Nationals entered the MLB Postseason a +2000 choice, the longest on the board, to win the World Series. They beat the Houston Astros on the road in Game 6 and 7 to take their first ever Fall Classic championship.
How did the Nationals do it? They dominated Houston ace Justin Verlander in Game 6. Then, in Game 7, they took down a couple of Astros relievers in Walt Harris and Roberto Osuna.
Shortly after the World Series loss, many questioned why Astros manger A.J. Hinch hadn’t used Gerrit Cole. Cole did stand up and warm up. Hinch decided to play straight baseball by sending Harris to the mound. Why wouldn’t he? Zack Grienke had pitched awesome for 7.1 innings. He left the game with the Astros up 2-1.
Hinch felt good about his bullpen’s chances of shutting down the Nationals. Harris gave up a home run to Howie Kendrick. That made the score 3-2 because before leaving, Greinke had given up a home run to Anthony Rendon.
The game was over after that. Houston looked shocked while Washington had all the momentum. Washington won Game 7 by a 6-2 score.
More MLB: Expect Top Players to Change Teams Once Free Agency Starts
As each day passes after their World Series win, the Nationals look more and more like a one-and-done Fall Classic team. Washington might lose Stephen Strasburg, the World Series MVP, and Anthony Rendon.
Houston can’t be excited about next season, either. The Astros are likely to lose Gerrit Cole. Cole, Strasburg, and Rendon are all targets for the New York Yankees and L.A. Angels. The Yankees are particularly interesting.
NYY was a high fastball away from possibly winning the American League. If they add either Cole or Strasburg, they should be as good as any team in MLB. Remember, ace Luis Severino was hurt for most of this season.
Cole, though, is likely to end up a Los Angeles Angel. Joe Maddon now manages the Angels. He will convince Cole to join the team. Also, the Angels can pay Cole more than $30 million per season.
Rendon could end up back with the Washington Nationals. The team that wants Rendon are the L.A. Dodgers. We’ll see what happens once Major League Baseball free agency starts.
NBA: 76ers Rocking it in the East
The NBA Season just started. Already, many teams are laying down the law. The Philadelphia 76ers are undefeated at 5-0. They battle the Phoenix Suns on Monday, Nov. 4, without Joel Embiid. That could lead to Philadelphia’s first loss of the season. Still, the 76ers are dominating.
Another team that’s dominating are the L.A. Lakers. The Lakers lost their first game of the season to the Clippers. Since then, they’ve won 5 straight. The Clippers also look good. They’re 4-2 as of Nov. 4.
Both Los Angeles teams should continue to play well. A 76ers loss to the Suns on Monday night could signal a Philadelphia down turn.
NHL: Eastern Conference Boasts the Power Teams
The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals are dominating the rest of the NHL.
The Boston Bruins are 10-1-2 from 13 games. 2-of-3 losses happened in overtime. The Bruins are running away with the Atlantic Division. The division includes the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning. Soon, we must figure that the Leafs and Lightning make up ground, right? Boston can’t continue destroying their competition like this.
Washington has played best in the Metropolitan. The Caps are 11-2-3 from 16 games. They are 5 points ahead of the surprising New York Islanders. Most wondered if the Islanders would have the same success this season that they had last season. After a few weeks, the Islanders have shown that they’re better than they were last season.
The best team in the Western Conference right now are the defending Stanley Cup Champions. The St. Louis Blues are 9-3-3. The Edmonton Oilers are 10-4-1. They lead the Pacific over the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks.
Boxing: Canelo Makes History
Boxing’s biggest draw claimed another title this past Saturday night. Canelo Alvarez knocked out Sergey Kovalev to win a light heavyweight world boxing title this past Saturday on November 2. Alvarez landed a devastating right cross to send Kovalev to the canvas.
Canelo holds belts at middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight. If he isn’t the pound-for-pound king, he’s in the Top 3. We might have to start talking about Canelo as one of the greatest ever. Beating a tough, true light heavyweight like Kovalev is not only impressive, it’s historical. Alvarez became a 4-weight world champion on Saturday night.
NASCAR: Harvick Claims Final Playoff Spot
Kevin Harvick won the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. That makes Harvick the final participant for NASCAR’s Championship at Homestead in Miami on Nov. 17. The NASCAR Championship is a winner take all event.
The driver that finishes ahead of the other 3 competitors wins the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup. In addition to Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., and Kyle Busch will also participate.
Truex Jr. has dominated during the NASCAR Playoffs. Joey Logano won the Cup last year. Busch and Harvick have both won championships in previous years. We should witness a fantastic finish to the 2019 NASCAR Season.
College Football: Georgia Proves They Still Have It
More than a few football handicappers had put a fork into the Georgia Bulldogs. The Dawgs los to South Carolina. Any team that loses to South Carolina can’t be that good, right? Georgia proved the naysayers wrong.
The Bulldogs beat Florida as a road favorite 24-17. They covered by half a point. More importantly, UGA took down their biggest rival to an SEC East Division title. With Florida out of the way, Georgia should grab a spot in the SEC Championship.
The biggest game of the season in college football takes place this Saturday. LSU battles Alabama. The Crimson Tide are ranked first. The Tigers from Baton Rouge are ranked second. Whomever wins the rivalry game will have the inside track to the SEC West Division.
Will it be LSU or Alabama? We only have to wait until Saturday to find out.
Have a great week!
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