Johnny Cueto, the Royals’ big acquisition at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, seemingly gave Kansas City exactly what it needed — a horse at the top of the rotation that could not only carry the team to the regular-season finish line, but also pick it up in big games in October. Like, for example, its 5-4 win over the Astros in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Despite multiple reports suggesting that free agent outfielder Eddy Julio Martinez had agreed to terms with the Cubs, Giants GM Bobby Evans indicated today that his team remains in the chase for the young Cuban. Evans made those comments in a podcast interview with Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News. Martinez, of course, had been set to join the San Francisco organization — as Evans himself acknowledged — before that deal reportedly fell through. Reports suggested that Martinez was seeking a $3MM bonus, a $500K increase over what he had been said to be getting from the Giants. Just one day later, Martinez was said to have reached a contract with the Cubs at the higher amount.
It didn’t take long for the Cardinals to establish their advantage in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Cubs, getting a key contribution from Matt Holliday.
Hanser Alberto was the one who wasn’t supposed to leave the bench for the entire postseason, but there he was in the 14th inning, ruining a sellout crowd’s afternoon with a single that helped give the Rangers a 6-4 victory over the Blue Jays.
There was little question Jon Lester would be the Cubs’ Game 1 starter in the National League Division Series. With Jake Arrieta on regular rest, there was no doubt he’d get the Game 3 nod. But who would the Cubs send to the mound Saturday in Game 2 (4:30 p.m. CT on TBS) against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium? The way Kyle Hendricks pitched in his last two starts provided the Cubs with an obvious answer.
Colby Rasmus, who homered in both Tuesday’s AL Wild Card Game victory over the Yankees and again in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday, is the first player in Major League history to have an extra-base hit in each of his first six postseason games.
Commissioner Rob Manfred surveyed the electric scene in and around the Rogers Centre on Friday afternoon and smiled. “I think it’s great for baseball,” he said.
After a shaky first frame, Marcus Stroman settled in to deliver a strong performance before exiting with a one-run lead in the eighth inning of Game 2 in the Blue Jays’ best-of-five American League Division Series against the Rangers on Friday at Rogers Centre.
Outfielder Yasiel Puig and veteran reliever Joel Peralta were included on the 25-man roster submitted by the Dodgers for the National League Division Series that starts tonight.
The Yankees made a conscious decision at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline to look toward the future and let the present play out the best way it could.