Scenes 10.14: Nationals, Mystics Finding Postseason Success

Scene of the Week: Nats Are Two Wins Away From a World Series Berth

The Nationals are two wins away from making the World Series, something this franchise has never done in its history. The road to this moment has been truly remarkable, after defeating the Brewers in the NL Wild Card Game, taking the Dodgers to five games, and jumping out to a 2-0 series lead over the Cardinals.

The Nats travel back to DC for Games 3, 4, and 5, with Stephen Strasburg pitching Game 3 and Patrick Corbin pitching Game 4. But the reality of making the World Series is becoming more real by the second, and DC fans are loving every moment of it. 

Take of the Week: Yankees Upset Astros in the ALCS

I, along with everyone else, thought this Astros team would bulldoze everyone and easily win the World Series. While the odds of that are still pretty likely, the Astros lost Game 1 to the Yankees and were taken to five games by the Rays. This Astros team is incredible, but are they as good as we think?

The Astros lost 7-0 to the Yankees in Game 1 — a surprise to all, especially at Minute Maid Park. The Yankees had 13 hits, no errors, and a dominant pitching performance from Masahiro Tanaka. This Yankees team is superb, and fans everywhere need to realize that.

An extra-inning thriller in Game 2 proves this series will be a great one all the way through, but I predict the Yankees will defeat the Astros in seven games, paving the way for a Yankees versus Nationals World Series. 

The Washington Mystics Win the 2019 WNBA Championship

The Mystics defeated the Connecticut Sun in five games to win the WNBA Finals, giving Elena Delle Donne, the MVP of the league, her first-ever championship. This Mystics team was special to watch with the best player in the league blazing the trail toward a championship to prove the team’s greatness. 

While Elena Delle Donne was the season-long star of the team, the Mystics shined with their complete team effort in these finals. Finals MVP Emma Meeseman was crucial to the championship squad, with 17.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game on incredible efficiency (57% from the field, 50% from three).

In Game 5, Meeseman had 22 and EDD had 21 to close out the series. It’s a fitting end to what has been one of the most impressive offensive showings in Washington basketball history.

Washington’s 2020 Coaching Job up in the Air

Washington just fired Head Coach Jay Gruden thanks to a 35-49-1 record and a 0-5 start to the season. Reports have shown that the franchise is interested in several possible candidates, including Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin, current Washington Offensive Coach Kevin O’Connell, and Buccaneers Defensive Coach Todd Bowles amongst others. 

Washington should go with O’Connell, but I believe they’ll ultimately pick Tomlin. Washington can’t afford to lose another young, offensive-minded head coach, but I expect that to be the case in the end. Washington has lost Sean McVay, Kyle Shannahan, and Matt LaFleur who all have winning records as head coaches. Washington can’t afford to make another mistake, but they just might.

An upside to hiring Tomlin would be his dual roles for the team. Not only would he become head coach, but Tomlin could be handed a front-office role as well. This might mean the end of Bruce Allen’s position as general manager, but time will tell. For now, Bill Callahan is the interim head coach for Washington.

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