Well, the World Series slate is set. On Tuesday evening, we get to see the Houston Astros square off against the Los Angeles Dodgers. No matter how this one turns out there are reasons on both sides for fans to find a little bit of happiness. What Justin Verlander has brought to the Astros is immeasurable, but The Ringer’s Michael Baumann does a pretty good job of describing it in his article about Verlander’s Game 6 start, which earned the Jack Morris seal of approval.
It stands to be a pretty entertaining series. I’m hoping for a lot of home runs, Yasiel Puig bat flips, and Verlander strikeouts to get me through the impending long winter. You can find all seven (fingers crossed) games on your local FOX station. Let’s all hope that Michael Fulmer gets his DirecTV figured out in time to watch.
My dang satellite went out so I can't watch the dang baseball game because of these dang tornadoes and dang storms. #DangOklahoma— Michael Fulmer (@MFulmer12) October 22, 2017
MiLB.com published their list of organizational all-stars for the Detroit Tigers. Beau Burrows and Austin Sodders are the top right- and left-handed pitching prospects while outfielder Mike Gerber makes the list for the third consecutive year.
With the instructional leagues wrapping up, here’s a look at what Tigers vice president for player development Dave Littlefield had to say about how some of the new talent acquired in late-season trades performed. The article gives some tidbits on Daz Cameron, Franklin Perez, Jake Rogers, Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara, Jose King, and Elvin Rodriguez, among others.
If you’re interested in outfielder Cam Gibson, here’s an interview with him from the Arizona Fall League where he talks baseball, and wishes he was born in the 1950s so he could have attended Woodstock.
If you would like a little more video, here’s six minutes of Spencer Turnbull pitching last week for the Mesa Solar Sox.
Finally, here’s a look at how organizational prospects are faring across the various fall baseball leagues. The highlight here is Kody Eaves putting up some strong numbers in his first week in the AFL.
Since the Tigers hired Ron Gardenhire as their new manager on Thursday, other vacancies have started to fill, with the Mets hiring Mickey Callaway and the Red Sox going with Alex Cora. There was a little bit of buzz around Brad Ausmus for the Red Sox job, but it will remain to be seen where Ausmus lands now that Cora is in Boston.
Around the horn
Mental health and the collective bargaining agreement. If you think the Dodgers are in the World Series due to payroll, you aren’t paying attention. As the NFL wobbles, is this baseball’s time?
Baseball is awesome
Here’s a tribute to all the ball boys and girls flashing the leather (yes, I know the last one is fake). The commentators breaking down the snags are almost as entertaining as the catches themselves.