The B.O.A.R.D.: Rizzo and Bellinger debut, and Yankee Stadium gets the credit it deserves
Each October, the MLB postseason belongs to someone or something. Whether it's the Rally Monkey in 2002, Daniel Murphy in 2015 or David Ross last year, October is always dominated by a particular force. With so much good baseball packed into one month, it's sometimes tough to follow all the madness, so we created the Baseball October Arbitrary Rankings Device (The B.O.A.R.D.) to keep track of it all.
Monday blessed us with another four-game slate of Division Series games, which meant twelve straight hours of postseason goodness for our enthusiastic consumption. Two championship series spots were clinched: Houston defeated Boston in what was likely the game of the postseason so far, and the Dodgers completed their sweep of the D-backs with a 3-1 victory on the road in Arizona.
But it was Game 4 between New York and Cleveland that made it clear who -- or, what -- this year's postseason belongs to so far.
The Yankees forced a Game 5 behind a rebound performance from Luis Severino, a whole bunch of Indians errors and an absolutely electric Yankee Stadium crowd. The Bronx brought the noise during the Wild Card game, but the Game 4 crowd reached a whole new level. That had to make the Yankees feel pretty confident before heading back to Cleveland for Game 5. Was that enough to earn Yankee Stadium the top spot on today's B.O.A.R.D.?
Check out the video above to find out.