So Toronto, eh?
That was the terrifying display of offense that makes this team so dangerous. There’s just no holes in the Blue Jay’s lineup.
I don’t know what a three inning Cole Hamels start does to your teams psyche but playoff baseball is inherently stupid so let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
And I’m giving the offense all of the love but goodness gracious Marco Estrada. Eight and a third and some of the worst swings I’ve seen a playoff game.
The Tigers are not the only ones who struggle with Indians’ hitters
I wasn’t sure who I was rooting before, but it became apparent about half way through. Go not Red Sox.
Quick recap on the NL Wildcard game
Madison Bumgarner is the scariest playoff pitcher in history and the Cubs should be very, very afraid of the Giants. It’s 2016 and San Fran are already pulling no name heroes out of their collective butt.
Baseball has a way of ripping your ❤️ out, stabbing it, putting it back in your chest, then healing itself just in time for Spring Training.— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) October 6, 2016
Curtis Granderson, still good at baseball
Based on exit velo and location, the expected batting average on that Belt blast was .971—Granderson was the .029 https://t.co/d6TsYNBiQV— Joe Lemire (@LemireJoe) October 6, 2016
Ubaldo Jimenez’s backup
Unlike Buck Showalter, Fangraphs has not forgotten about Zach Britton (ZING!). I know we are all firmly positioned in the “Justin Verlander for Cy Young” camp but it’s still a fun exercise to look at Britton’s stats. He had a truly absurd year.
Here is _ seconds of Edwin Encarnacion sniffing a baseball bat
Rob Manfred stays busy
The MLB is finishing its investigation into the Cardinals hacking of the Astros from 2013 to 2014. Manfred didn’t seem overly happy with how long it has taken:
"I wish it had gotten a little more help a little sooner from the U.S. attorney's office. But the cards come up how they come up, and we're going to finish our investigation, and there will be a resolution of that during this offseason."
I really hope he used the saying “cards come come up how they come up,” on purpose. Because of the Cardinals’ nickname. Which is Cards. Get it? Anyway, here is hoping for a stiff penalty because cheating is bad and also screw the Cardinals.
At the same time the commissioner and the MLB are busy supporting the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” a proposal that seems to do anything but save baseball. Instead, the proposal masks its true purpose of providing itself with minimum wage exemption for minor leaguers under the pretense that paying minor leagues fair wages is far to difficult to calculate. Here is Manfred’s explanation:
I asked Rob Manfred about MLB's endorsement of the Save America's Pastime Act & why MLB is opposed to paying minor leaguers minimum wage: pic.twitter.com/MwXPTEyD9S— Brendan Kennedy (@BKennedyStar) October 4, 2016
Ah yes, opposing administrative requirements, something we can all get behind! Considering one of the two congressional backers has already pulled their support for the bill, here is hoping it is not long for this world.