Eric Stephen | True Blue LA: The Dodgers entered the bottom of the eighth trailing 5-2 and staring a 3-0 NLCS deficit in the face. Then Cody Bellinger tied it up with a three-run homer, and Mookie Betts gave Los Angeles the lead.
William Metzger | Crawfish Boxes: The Red Sox held on to a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning when Jose Altuve tied it up with a solo home run. With two outs and the Astros threatening in the ninth, Nathan Eovaldi appeared to strike out Jason Castro on a high curveball, but he didn’t get the call. Castro eventually gave the Astros the lead, and yadda, yadda, yadda, the Astros won 9-2.
Robert Arthur | Baseball Prospectus $: If it seems like games have been longer this postseason it’s because they are. The 2021 postseason has seen the fewest pitches per minute ever, resulting in a glut of four-hour, nine-inning games.
Pitch 3 is the curveball to Castro that could have been called a strike.
Here’s the pitch that Cody Bellinger hit for a home run.
This season has radicalized me toward Robo Umps.
Home-plate umpire Laz Diaz has missed 21 ball-strike calls tonight, according to @ESPNStatsInfo. That is the most of any umpire this postseason. The green dot in the upper RH corner is the Eovaldi curveball that would've ended top of the ninth with the score 2-2.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 20, 2021
It is now 9-2. pic.twitter.com/VzdyL4lth3