Good morning folks! Yesterday was an exciting day in playoff baseball. While awaiting the one playoff game today, here are some links to keep you busy.
In Playoff news...
- Almost everyone who faced elimination yesterday managed to stave it off. The Rays did so emphatically, romping the Astros in a 10-4 victory.
- The Cardinals won in walk-off fashion, coming back from a late deficit to remain alive with a 5-4 extra-innings win over Atlanta, forcing Game 5.
- Mad Max came alive when the Nationals needed him, riding their ace to a 6-1 victory over the Dodgers to even up the series.
- One team did end up moving on to the Championship Series: the Yankees, who defeated the Twins 5-1 to complete the series sweep.
In Mariners news...
- Shannon Drayer appeared on 710 ESPN Seattle recently and hinted that the Mariners might get pretty aggressive with the young studs on the farm.
Around the league...
- One farmhand got transparent about his earnings.
Here’s a final pay stub of a TRIPLE-A national champion pic.twitter.com/3yoK5TuLgE— Tyler Cyr (@tycyr93) October 7, 2019
- Speaking of wage discrepancies...
Zack Greinke earned more this season ($31.5M) than the entire Rays lineup he opposes today.— Paul Hembekides (@PaulHembo) October 7, 2019
Y. Diaz ($558,400)
A. Meadows ($557,400)
T. Pham ($4.1M)
J. Choi ($850,000)
A. Garcia ($3.5M)
B. Lowe ($1M)
T. d'Arnaud ($3.5M)
K. Kiermaier ($8M)
W. Adames ($562,400)
- Just get it over with, already.
Sources: Joe Maddon interviews with the #LAAngels today. Word is, he’s their top choice, and they are his top choice. Things look lined up for a Maddon/Angels marriage.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 7, 2019
- Brian Burnsed has a feature story at Sports Illustrated about the divide between the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta United, the city’s MLS team.
- It’s that time of year: Japanese outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo will be posted this offseason.
- Raúl Ibañez was reportedly being considered for both the Giants’ and Cubs’ managerial openings, but he says he is not ready to jump into that role yet.
- For all of you music lovers, Pitchfork listed the 200 best songs of the decade.