Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning suffered a stroke on Tuesday at his home outside Cincinnati, according to multiple reports. Bunning’s family and friends said, however, that the former U.S. Senator from Kentucky is recovering and watching baseball.
Cleveland relief ace Andrew Miller won the ALCS MVP Award, but catcher Roberto Perez was the unsung hero of the series.
Addison Russell, who belted a two-run homer to break out of a 1-for-25 slump in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Wednesday, connected for another two-run shot in Game 5 on Thursday, this one putting the Cubs ahead of the Dodgers, 3-1, in the sixth inning.
Former big leaguer Scott Brosius is joining the Mariners as an assistant coach, per a team announcement. Now fifty years old, Brosius spent eleven years in the majors with the Athletics and Yankees. It’s not clear precisely what his duties will be — his title is simply “assistant coach” — but Brosius served last year as the hitting coach at Triple-A Tacoma. Here’s more from the American League: It remains unclear whether the Blue Jays will make a qualifying offer to outfielder Michael Saunders, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag reports. But one internal source acknowledges that this second half was “horrible,” leaving Heyman to suggest that the odds are against the club putting up $17.2MM in hopes that Saunders will seek a multi-year deal elsewhere. Orioles righty Brad Brach recently underwent knee surgery, as Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports
Joe Maddon always makes you think, like this gem from the bespectacled Cubs skipper, who was asked whether the Dodgers sending ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw to the mound for pivotal Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday (8 p.m. ET/5 PT on FS1) negates the Cubs’ home-field advantage as the series shifts back to Chicago: “He could definitely negate a phone booth,” Maddon said. “He’s just that good.”
Already the oft–overlooked member of the Cubs’ stellar starting staff, Kyle Hendricks will head into the biggest start of his career with the spotlight shining brightly on someone else.
Mike Hargrove knows the Cleveland Indians — good times and bad. He played for them in the late 1970s and early ’80s, arguably as rough a stretch as the franchise ever faced. He managed them in the ’90s to what can be called the best run of success in franchise history.
Dodgers 20-year-old Julio Urias, youngest to ever start a postseason game, pitched three strong innings in Game 4 of the NLCS against the Cubs, and then ran into trouble in the fourth, allowing four runs.
The Dodgers had little spin to explain their 10-2 loss in Game 4 of the NLCS. They simply lost, with the game out of reach by the sixth inning, and all focus is now on a pivotal Game 5, featuring a rematch between Kenta Maeda and Jon Lester.
The Indians, attempting to secure a trip to the World Series with a win in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday, struck quickly against Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada for a 1-0 lead in the opening frame at Rogers Centre.