Join us at twitch.tv/extrafuture Tuesday, August 25th starting 3:30pm PDT for both games, back to back.
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Always bet on… Red? The Cubs and Royals were both eliminated from the 1977 Divergent League Postseason in close games: The Reds beat the Cubs 5-4 and the Red Sox kept George Brett and the Royals in check, winning 2-0. You can catch the replay on our Twitch channel.
The Division Series matchups are now solidified:
- Houston .vs. Chicago White Sox
- Boston .vs. New York Yankees
- Los Angeles .vs. Pittsburgh
- Cincinatti .vs. Philadelphia
Join us for Game 1 of Phillies .vs. Reds and Dodgers .vs. Pirates tomorrow at 3:30pm PDT.
The 1977 regular season is behind us but we’ve got a whole mess of Baseball left to play. This season was defined by the Central divisions in both leagues with high drama unfolding between the Expos and Cubs for the final NL Wild Card spot, and the battle for the AL Central between the White Sox and Royals being things we’ll talk about for a long time.
- Friday, starting at 3:30pm PDT: Cubs .vs. Reds, Red Sox .vs. Royals
- Sunday, starting at 3:30pm PDT: Game 1 of Phillies .vs. Winner of Cubs/Reds, Game 1 of Dodgers .vs Pirates
- Tuesday: Game 1 of Yankees .vs. Winner of Red Sox / Royals, Game 1 of Astros .vs. White Sox
As always the Divergent League Baseball calendar is your friend.
The American League
The Royals and White Sox now both set their sights on different opponents: The two non-human-controlled teams in the Postseason, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees, having won the AL East, await the winner of KC and Boston.
Kansas City ranked first in team batting average, hits, double, AND triples, saw star batting performances from Amos Otis, Rod Carew, and George Brett. Dennis Leonard was similarly stellar this season on the mound with 4 shutouts, 181 strikeouts, and 7 complete games all tops in the American League.
The White Sox saw Oscar Gamble and Lamar Johnson emerged as an offensive powerhouses, each slugging over 30 home runs, 100 RBIs, and batting over 300. Johnson is out with a broken hand and expected to miss 2 weeks. Dave Frost led the Sox starting pitchers with 14 wins. The White Sox face the Astros in the the ALDS, with Game 1 being broadcast this Sunday.
Houston, the other CPU team in the Postseason, won AL West by 5 games and were led by a Cy Young performance from Mark Lemongello, whose 23 wins led the Majors. The Trio of Watson, Cedeno, and Johnson each batted over 300, leading the small-ball ‘Stros offensively.
The Yankees, who won 101 games, decisively won the East by 13 games. Don Gullet and Dock Ellis lead the Yanks pitching, with Reggie Jackson batting .329 and Jeff Burroughs team-leading 34 dingers. Look for future Yankee manager Lou Piniella in Right field.
The National League
The NL sends the Dodgers, Pirates, and Phillies to the NLDS, with the Cubs and Reds battling in the Wild Card.
Bill Buckner emerged as the unlikely hero for the Cubbies in their battle first against the Pirates for the NL Central, and then with the Expos for the Wild Card. Bobby Bonds had an MVP-caliber season, socking 32 dingers, 108 RBIs, and swiping 42 bases for the men from Wrigley. Bruce Sutter, the Cubs closer, was as lights-out as it gets, holding a 2.18 ERA over 45 saved games.
The Reds flirted with the NL Central, but but squared into the Wild Card by 2 games over the Cubs. The Reds are the best Contact team in baseball, and feature an Hall of Fame lineup of Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, George Foster, and Joe Morgan. Foster, who bashed 24 homers for the Reds, suffered a broken arm in June and will miss the Wild Card game but could come back in the Divisional Series.
Pittsburgh won the battle for the NL Central with a league-leading , the most competitive division in the league. Staff aces John Candelaria won a best-in-the-bigs 21 games and an absurd 1.76 ERA in 245 innings of work, with Frank Tanana striking out 196 batters winning 16 games and sporting a 2.12 ERA. Rich “Goose” Gossage was strong out of the bullpen for the Bucs, gathering 49 saves and holding down a 1.40 ERA. Big Bill Robinson busted 35 dingers for the Pirates,
The Phillies were far and away the best team in baseball, winning 116 games. Jim Rice, Greg Luzinkski, and Mike Schmidt each hit 40+ home runs and over 120 RBIs each. Steve Carlton led a killer staff, with 16 wins, 200 strikeouts, and a 2.36 ERA. Ron Reed snagged 49 saves for the Phils.
The Dodgers, always in the hunt but thus far unable to win the big one in Divergent League, crushed the NL West, winning the division by 15 games behind strong hitting of Dusty Baker, Phil Lovins, and Reggie Smith. Don Sutton had a typically HOF-caliber performance, going 13-5 with a 2.52 ERA. Burt Hooton also delivered big on the mound for LA, winning a team-leading 16 games. The Dodgers enter the postseason without slugger Reggie Smith and his 34 homers, as he tore his achilles and won’t make it back for this year.
Join us today starting at 3:30pm PDT for some Divergent League Postseason Baseball on twitch.tv/extrafuture
After the exciting conclusion to the NL Wild Card race, the 1977 Divergent League Baseball postseason begins this Friday August 21st!
- Join us starting at 3:30pm PDT Friday for Red Sox .vs. Royals and Cubs .vs. Reds in AL and NL Wild Card games. The winners of these two games will go on to the Divisional Series.
- The winner of Red Sox .vs. Royals will go on to face the Yankees in the ALDS, and the winner of Cubs .vs. Reds will face the Phillies in the NLDS.
- The best-of-5 Divisional Series Games begin with the Dodgers .vs. Pirates and Astros .vs. White Sox.
All of these games will be streamed live, free, at twitch.tv/extrafuture
More Divergent League Postseason Info
During the Postseason, we stream the first game of every series featuring a human-controlled team, and then skip games unless one team is in danger of being eliminated up to the World Series. We stream every game of the World Series. That’s a minimum of 22 postseason games with the current system.
Bits and Cheering
Viewers can now use Bits to play various sounds during the game– cheering, boos, and classic baseball sound clips are available for your real-time reactions and will play for everyone watching the game.
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Update: The Cubs have won decisively, 6-1, and are moving on to the Wild Card.
Both teams won their games last night in dramatic fashion, with Dave Cash providing the fireworks for the Expos and Bill Buckner socking a walk-off dinger to keep the Cubs season going. We’ll be broadcasting this special one-off tiebreaker at 3:30pm PDT today, August 18th on our Twitch channel.
Update: The games are now live!
The Cubs and Expos remain tied with one game left in the season. We’ll watch each of their last two games (Cubs .vs. Cardinals and Expos .vs. Phillies) today starting 3:30pm PDT.
Update 2: Both the Cubs and Expos won, in dramatic fashion! The Cubs and Expos will now play one more game tomorrow for the final NL Wild Card spot.
Among human-controlled teams the White Sox, Royals, Phillies, Pirates, Dodgers, Yankees and Reds have all clinched postseason appearances thus far, with the Cubs and Expos still in it and knocking on the door of the NL Wild Card. The Tigers are 4 games back in the AL Wild Card.
Hokey smokes, Bullwinkle, we’re down to the last 2 weeks of the regular season and the NL and AL central are still up for grabs. The Phillies, Dodgers, Yankees, White Sox and Royals have all clinched postseason appearances. Unfortunately the Mariners, Giants, and Blue Jays are out of contention.
In the AL Central, the White Sox and the Royals are separated by just 3.5 games while facing each other 3 times in their final 9 games.
In the NL Central the Pirates have a strong lead but Cubs and Reds are both just barely still in the hunt for the division, while leading the Wild Card. The Cubs face the Pirates 3 times before it’s all over, and the Reds have 4 games against the Bucs.
It’s down to the wire, folks! With Divergent League you pay for the whole seat, but you only need the edge. Stay with us as we end the regular season this weekend and move into the playoffs. You can catch all of the action on extrafuture.com/tv
— 1977 Sept 17th Standings
- Yankees – Liam – 95-57, 1st AL East
- Blue Jays – Phil – 70-83, 4th AL East, 25.5gb
- Phillies – Ryan – 110-42, 1st NL East
- Expos – Chuck – 85-67, 2nd NL East, 25gb
- White Sox – Travis – 96-57, 1st AL Central
- Royals – Derek – 92-60, 2nd AL Central 3.5gb
- Tigers – Tony – 80-72, 3rd AL Central, 15.5gb
- Pirates – Austin – 95-57, 1st NL Central
- Cubs – George – 88-65, 2nd NL Central, 7.5gb
- Reds – Ev – 87-64, 3rd NL Central, 7.5gb
- Cardinals – Derek L – 76-76, last NL Central, 19gb
- Dodgers – Gary – 92-61, 1st NL West
- Giants – Hank – 77-76, 2nd NL West, 15gb
- Mariners – Sandy – 71-81, 4th AL West, 11gb
— AL Wild Card Picture
- Royals, Red Sox lead
- Tigers – 2.5gb
— NL Wild Card Picture
- Cubs, Reds lead
- Expos – 2.5gb
Broadcast live on Twitch yesterday, you can watch the archived stream. Now that the channel is a Twitch affiliate you can spend Bits to play sounds during the game. Drop by for the next broadcast on Friday, August 14th and try it out.