Good Sunday morning to you all. If you happened to miss the Yankees-Rays showdown on Friday, by all means, run don’t walk to whatever electronic device will allow you to re-watch that game, especially if you’re a fan of lockdown pitching performances. If you just want to see an abbreviated version, Pitching Ninja has compiled all 24 Ks from the game into a handy YouTube video, although pro tip, keep your sound off through the theme song.
I thought I was impartial in the series, just wanting whichever team looked like a bigger threat to take down the Astros to come out on top, but I started grinning like a goober when the Rays pulled ahead. The heart always knows, I guess. Speaking of the Astros, the Astros-Rays series kicks off today at 4:37 on TBS, because the big brain schedule-makers at MLB not only decided to start the ALCS against Sunday Night Football, but also have granted the Rays the gift of one (1) day off. Anyway, go flappy bois. On to the links!
In Mariners News:
- The longest-tenured Mariners minor leaguer will be back for another season, as INF Jordan Cowan is expected to re-up with the organization for another season.
Also, in Grammar News, hyphens matter, people!
- In former Mariners news, Roenis Elias has elected free agency, and I would not be opposed to bringing him home:
- My new life goal is to become famous enough somehow that I get my own personalized ginger beer label, and that I then use that ginger beer to make a delicious Moscow Mule:
Very cool! Aussie ex-MLB pitcher @hyphen18 just got sent a customised version of his favourite drink @BundabergDrinks Ginger Beer! Was only 2 days ago he told me this would be the Number 1 item in his Aussie care package. Well played Bundy! https://t.co/hpsFMvRsvR pic.twitter.com/FBEYTB6lyz— Aussies Abroad (@Aussies_Abroad) October 10, 2020
Around the League:
- I’ve been personally pretty annoyed at how so much media attention has been focused on the Yankees losing rather than the Rays winning, but this piece from Beyond the Box Score on how good Giancarlo Stanton has been in the playoffs is a worthy read. If you are insistent about wallowing in the Yankees’ misery because you hate them and everything about them, then, here, have a wallow.
- One more for the Yankee-hating crew:
- MLB Trade Rumors examines some of the off-season moves facing the White Sox, including some club options they will likely opt not to pick up: Edwin Encarnacion ($12M) and Gio Gonzalez ($7M). Per James Fegan of the Athletic, it’s also likely neither Carlos Rondon nor Nomar Mazara will be back.
- According to someone I’ve never heard of but whose Twitter bio lists “ God, Country, Pullups and Vodka in that order,” owners are expected to approve Steve Cohen’s $2.4B purchase of the Mets very soon, likely in the coming week.
- A year after winning the World Series in delightfully thrilling fashion, the Washington Nationals...did not win the World Series this year, to say the least, and there are some shakeups coming down in their organization:
Source: Kevin Long is not expected to return to the Nationals as hitting coach in 2021. Long’s three-year deal just expired and he is expected to pursue other options outside of Washington.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) October 10, 2020
Can also confirm more changes to Davey Martinez's coaching staff. Pitching coach Paul Menhart was informed last week he's not being brought back. Third base coach Chip Hale and hitting coach Kevin Long have now also been informed they're not being retained, per sources.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) October 10, 2020
My friends and I have been dealing with the cancellation of bar trivia nights by writing our own rounds for each other and doing them virtually. We were instructed to re-watch The Goonies for a special theme round for this week, a movie I never watched as a kid but still find utterly delightful even as an adult. Conveniently, The Goonies was the focus of Josh Gad’s first Reunited Apart YouTube show, available to watch here if that’s something you’re interested in: