From the nonstop action of the Wild Card round to the Division Series battles, baseball's playoffs are already a wild ride. We've seen no lack of highlights, but there have also been a bevy of lowlights that have ultimately hurt teams severely. Let's roll through the biggest postseason blunders thus far.
5. Zack Greinke
Zack Greinke must have gotten some bad karma for rudely denying an autograph to Pat Neshek, because the hurler has stunk up all of Arizona with his poor playoff pitching. In the Wild Card game against the Rockies, Greinke went 3.2 innings and gave up six hits and four earned runs before getting yanked. He didn't do much better in Game 3 of the NLDS, allowing four hits and three earned in five innings, as all of Los Angeles brought out their brooms to sweep the D-backs away. All told, Greinke deserves plenty of blame for the D-Backs' postseason failure.
4. Dusty Baker Taking Scherzer Out
When Dusty Baker came to the mound in the seventh inning to pull Max Scherzer after 98 pitches, the Nats star's body language let the whole world know that he was not happy with the decision. He had no-hit the Cubs through the first six innings, but just one double later, Baker had seen enough. The Cubs instantly took advantage, scoring once in the seventh and again in the eighth on the way to a 2-1 victory. Baker should have left Scherzer in. It's the postseason-- believe in your aces!
3. John Farrell
Just days after the Red Sox sputtered out of the playoffs at the hands of Houston, manager John Farrell was relieved of his duties. When a team with a payroll nearing $200 million wins 93 games and back-to-back division titles only to upchuck on itself in the postseason, change often follows. Overall, Farrell was the mechanism of the Red Sox's repeated playoff chokes since winning the World Series in 2013.
2. Kyle Schwarber
Does anyone look more awkward and uncomfortable in the outfield than Kyle Schwarber? Sure, he's played the position his entire life, but he truly outdid himself with an odious Game 3 gaffe. It was an utter failure that earned him two errors and almost cost the Cubs the game. Luckily, his teammates bailed him out. Schwarber may not be so lucky next time.
1. The 102-Win Cleveland Indians
Just one win.
One win out of two chances on the road, or even in Game 5 at home with their ace on the mound.
That's all the record-setting Cleveland Indians needed to march on and take on the city of Houston in a battle of teams that have certainly earned a little World Series success after decades of failures.
But alas, no. Greg Bird homered off Andrew Miller. Luis Severino throttled the Tribe, while their defense fell like a house of cards. Brett Gardner's eighth-inning at bat is still going on. And the series ended with a whimper from one of the strongest teams we've seen in recent years.