As they entered their clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, Mets players walked by the Jose Fernandez jersey that hung in their dugout the previous two games. One by one, they signed the 1986 throwback Mets jersey, which they planned to present to the Marlins as a gift.
The 2016 Dodgers are setting strikeout records, but of course, all of baseball is setting strikeout records. Even within the context of a sport that strikes out more and more, this team still has put up an extremely impressive year.
Back at Busch Stadium with a chance to pull even with the Giants and inch closer to a sixth straight playoff berth, the Cardinals instead elicited boos from the typically affable home fans with one of their ugliest performances of the season. They looked little like a team ready for postseason play in a 15-2 loss to the Reds to open a seven-game homestand on Monday night.
The final division race can be settled today as the Red Sox enter play with an opportunity to clinch the American League East.
No. 16 was everywhere on Monday night. Each Marlins player had it on the back of his black uniform top. Nothing has been officially announced, but it just might be the last time we see a Marlins player wear No. 16.
Indians assistant general manager Derek Falvey is emerging as the front-runner to become the Twins’ president of baseball operations, according to multiple reports. Neither team has confirmed the reports.
The Mets defeated the Phillies, 17-0. The 17 runs in a shutout represented the most in franchise history (eclipsing the 14 runs New York used to defeat Chicago in 1965 and Cincinnati in ’98), and the most for any team since the Cubs blanked the Indians by the same score on June 17, 2015.
Considering the jagged state of their starting rotation, the Mets were set up for trouble heading into a four-game series against the Phillies this weekend. It would not have taken much for their burgeoning playoff hopes to dim before their eyes.
The Blue Jays bolstered their own pursuit of a postseason spot, while dealing the Yankees another blow in their hunt for an American League Wild Card berth, in a walk-off 4-3 win on Sunday at Rogers Centre.
Rays catcher Luke Maile had three chances to tag Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia out at plate in the 10th inning, but he avoided the tag twice — despite being beaten by more than 15 feet on a relay throw from the outfield. On the third try, Maile tagged Pedroia, but the ball came loose. And David Ortiz’s last hit at Tropicana Field will go down as a game-winning double as Boston beat the Rays, 3-2, in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon.