Connor Watson, Staff Writer
As the seasons change, so do sports. September came to a close and October ushered in MLB playoffs, the NHL 2019-2020 season, and has moved the NFL through its first quarter of the season.
Major League Baseball Playoffs
The St. Louis Cardinals have regained their foothold in the National League Central by closing out the season with a 16-12 record in September (91-71 season) and two games up on the Milwaukee Brewers, who were close on the tail of the Cardinals. The Brewers finished with an 89-73 record and went 20-7 in September. As before, the reason for the Cardinals success this season can be attributed to their stellar pitching and defense. Their pitching was able to sustain the team when the offense lacked. The offense gave the pitching stuff 4.8 runs per game which was only seventh in the National League. The defense had the second highest defensive efficiency at .706 and finished the season with .989 fielding percentage—the highest in the NL.
Thursday, Oct. 3, the Cardinals begin their 2019 playoff campaign against the Atlanta Braves. Starting for the Cardinals will be Miles Mikolas. Look for their tremendous pitching and defense to play huge factors in this upcoming series. #TimeToFly
Blues Hockey Season Underway
The Blues kicked off the season on Oct. 2 with a contest against the Washington Capitals. The 2018 Stanley Cup Champions against the 2019 Stanley Cup Champions. The Blues lineup against the Capitals was:
LW Jaden Schwartz – C Brayden Schenn – RW Vladamir Taransenko
LW Sammy Blais – C Ryan O’Reilly – RW David Perron
LW Robby Fabbri – C Tyler Bozak – RW Robert Thomas
LW Ivan Barbashev – C Oskar Sundqvist – RW Alexander Steen
D Alex Pietrangelo – D Justin Faulk
D Jay Bouwmeester – D Colton Parayko
D Vince Dunn – D Robert Bortuzzo
Goalie: Jordan Binnington
Some quick highlights from the match:
Blais started off the night with a goal fifty-three seconds in followed by a power-play goal from Pietrangelo. The Capitals tied the game 2-2 in the second period and eventually won the match in overtime. An attributing factor could be this, according to Head Coach Craig Berube, “I take from tonight our puck play wasn’t very good.” The next match will be against the Dallas Stars on
Saturday, Oct. 5. Hopefully, the Blues can keep pushing forward and get our first win of the season.
The National Football League
The NFL is through its first quarter of the season, and now some things are becoming clearer.
The New England Patriots sit atop the American Football Conference East with a perfect 4-0 record and a score differential that is phenomenal: 122 PF and 27 PA. Clearly, they are a special talent so far this year and there are no signs of them slowing down. Not far behind them are the Buffalo Bills, led by Jake Allen at quarterback, who are 3-1 this year. In the AFC West the Kansas City Chiefs are also a perfect 4-0 and will look to make it back to the AFC Championship game. Manning the helm for the AFC North are none other than the Cleveland Browns with a 2-2 record and are tied with the Ravens. However, since they beat the Baltimore Ravens, they hold reign at the top of the division. In the AFC South every single team is 2-2.
Atop the National Football Conference East are the Dallas Cowboys with a 3-1 record, their only loss stemming from a rather embarrassing loss to the New Orleans Saints who defeated them by kicking field goals. Next, I will write a phrase I never thought I’d write this season: The San Francisco 49ers lead the NFC West with a perfect record of 3-0. They had a Bye Week during Week 4, but I expect this situation to resolve itself when the Seahawks and Rams get back into their winning ways. The Green Bay Packers are tied for first with the Chicago Bears with records of 3-1. The Packer’s offense picked up against their matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles, but they ended up losing the game in the last minutes of the game. The Bears are looking to get their offense going too, but with a lackluster Mitchell Trubisky it might be hard. The NFC South is controlled by the New Orleans Saints who are 3-1 and one game up on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
So far, the predictable teams are leading their respective divisions, while some of these teams who were not favored are leading, but this may be a byproduct of a still early season. We will have to see what the next quarter holds.