In enemy territory, and against a team that has tormented Cleveland for so many years, the Indians finished the job. With a 7-4 victory over the Tigers on Monday night, the Indians punched their ticket to the October dance as the American League Central champions.
With an American League Central title in the Indians’ reach, ace Corey Kluber was forced to exit Monday’s game against the Tigers.
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.
With most of the division races decided, or on the cusp of being so, all that is left is the matter of a couple of Wild Card races, and determining who will grab home-field advantage through the first two rounds of the postseason.
At just 22 years old, Corey Seager has emerged as the Dodgers’ best player and perhaps one of the best players in the National League. The way Seager has played so far beyond his age in 2016, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he led his team to its biggest win of the season Sunday.
The latest on some developing injury situations from around baseball… Bryce Harper is day-to-day with a thumb injury, and the Nationals star outfielder will undergo x-rays tomorrow to determine the extent of the problem. The injury, suffered on an awkward slide into third base, forced Harper to leave after the third inning of today’s 10-7 Washington win over the Pirates. Harper “didn’t sound especially worried” (in the words of MASNsports.com’s Mark Zuckerman) when discussing the injury with media after the game. The Nationals has already clinched the NL East and know they’ll be facing the Dodgers in the NLDS, so while homefield advantage has yet to be determined, the Nats would probably feel safe in sitting Harper to rest his injury (assuming it isn’t overly serious) for the last week of the regular season. Shin-Soo Choo will begin three days of play in the Instructional League to see if he can be ready to return to the Rangers in time for the postseason, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan writes. Choo is rather surprisingly close to getting back in action after suffering a fractured left forearm in mid-August, and if all goes well, the outfielder believes he could return to the Texas lineup on Friday for the beginning of a season-ending series against the Rays.
Rest in peace.
Marlins owner Jeffrey H. Loria released the following statement on Sunday, following the tragic death of Jose Fernandez. “It is with the deepest sorrow that I, together with my family and the entire Marlins organization, mourn the tragic loss of Jose. Sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish the fastest. Jose left us far too soon, but his memory will endure in all of us. At this difficult time, our prayers are with his mother, grandmother, family and friends.”
David Ortiz will play his final game at Tropicana Field on Sunday. Throughout his farewell tour, a final game at a stadium has been met with a ceremony and a gift. Out of respect to his friend Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident on Sunday morning, Ortiz asked that the pregame ceremony be cancelled.
The race for the National League Wild Card remains as tight as ever thanks to big steps forward by the Cardinals and Giants and a step backward by the Mets on Saturday.