This year’s World Series has lived up to its billing thus far, giving the baseball world plenty to watch, write, and talk about. The Chicago Cubs staved off elimination with a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday night, and the Series will transition back to Cleveland for Game 6 (and, potentially, a Game 7).
Here’s the problem: Game 6 is on Tuesday, and there is nothing to fill that near-48-hour void between games. Other than the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks looking for new managers, the rest of the baseball world is silent. There’s something to be said for keeping the focus on an excellent championship series, but with all the daily buzz generated during the regular season, this playoff lull leaves everyone feeling a bit empty.
It doesn’t help that we’re anticipating what is in store for the Detroit Tigers this winter. General manager Al Avila has more than hinted that changes are coming, and I imagine he was referring to more than hiring a new scout. Although, that scout, Mike Russell, has a history in Detroit.
Going to Detroit is a reunion for Russell, as he was with the team from 2002-14 where he scouted National League East teams and players. According to the Diamondbacks’ website, Russell was part of the process that brought Miguel Cabrera to Detroit.
Between him and Arcenio Leon, a 30-year-old reliever from the Mexican League, the Tigers’ newest additions haven’t exactly been the most exciting thus far.
About that World Series
It’s pretty good, y’all. Joe Maddon took a page out of Terry Francona’s playbook when he brought Aroldis Chapman in during the seventh inning of Sunday’s game. Chapman got the final eight outs on 42 pitches. The Tigers are thankfully absent on this list of bad trades that made the Cubs and Indians good. Fun fact: the reliever that the Tigers traded to Cleveland for Jhonny Peralta back in 2010 now pitches in the Cubs’ system. Jason Heyward was finally worth his $184 million contract on Sunday.
CBA negotiations are going well, it seems
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that both MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA head honcho Tony Clark think a deal will get done without a work stoppage. Our own Patrick OKennedy predicted this last week, as there’s just too much money at stake for both sides to risk missing any games. MLB Trade Rumors’ Charlie Wilmoth summarized Sherman’s work, and said that there could be some rollover of the current CBA through this offseason so as to not halt the free agent market.
Robot umps, please
Indians odds of winning if this were called a ball: 32%— Jeff Sullivan (@based_ball) October 31, 2016
Indians odds of winning after this was a strike: 22% pic.twitter.com/meK9NdE0Ah
You cannot escape The Harbaugh. You must embrace The Harbaugh.
This is what happens when a Michigan grad writes the links post.
Jim Harbaugh in attendance tonight at Wrigley Field, wearing @Cubs hat. Organ plays "Hail to the Victors" as he appears on videoboard.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 31, 2016
Marriage: a two-tweet summary
Meanwhile, I’m trying to figure out what the second bin is for. It doesn’t look like recycling, but I feel like the Scherzers wouldn’t just double-barrel their trash cans. More investigation required.