Good morning folks! The MLB playoffs are getting interesting now as the ALCS and NLCS fields are both nearly set. Let’s get you all of that and the rest of today’s baseball news.
In playoff news...
- The Houston Astros blew the doors off the White Sox in a 10-1 victory, allowing them to advance to the ALCS where they will face off against the Red Sox.
- Freddie Freeman’s late-game homer sealed a 5-4 Atlanta win over Milwaukee, pushing them to the NLCS.
- The Dodgers forced a Game 5 with the Giants thanks to a 7-2 win last night. The two will match up In San Francisco tomorrow.
In Mariners news...
- Mariners reliever Sean Doolittle got the chance to see an MLB playoff game as a fan yesterday.
For as much space as baseball takes up in our lives, it’s weird we’ve never had the chance to experience a game together until today. I grew up a White Sox fan, so I was thrilled to be able to take Sean to a game and watch him eat chicken tenders somewhere new for once pic.twitter.com/sfrngkRG7F— Eireann Dolan (@EireannDolan) October 13, 2021
Around the league...
- I’d love to see them explore more opportunities like this going forward.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says to expect more nontraditional types of venues for MLB games, like what occurred this past summer with Field of Dreams.— Mark J. Burns (@markjburns88) October 12, 2021
He mentioned "going to locales where they don't ordinarily play Major League Baseball."#SBJWCOS
- Rob Arthur at Baseball Prospectus believes that sticky stuff is back in baseball.
- The qualifying offer will be worth less this year than it has been in years past.
Sources: MLB clubs have been informed that the qualifying offer for free agents this winter is set at $18.4 million. That's down slightly from $18.9 million QO of last winter. Free agents extended a QO will accept or reject before the expiration of the current CBA Dec. 1.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 12, 2021
- Atlanta will have to wait and see if Jorge Soler is available for the NLCS this weekend. In the meantime, Guillermo Heredia is most likely to fill in for the outfielder.
Jorge Soler has tested positive for Covid. Cristian Pache replaces him. team announces.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 12, 2021
- The Yankees are reportedly likely to hang onto manager Aaron Boone going forward despite the feelings of their fans.