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 Dodgers made a late switch of starting pitchers for the first two games of their series against the Padres, which starts on Tuesday night, and manager Dave Roberts added further intrigue by returning rookie Julio Urias to the rotation while the club looks for a fourth starter for the postseason.
With an American League Central title in the Indians’ reach, ace Corey Kluber was forced to exit Monday’s game against the Tigers.
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.
In seven days, this 2016 MLB regular season will be over. The postseason will be here, and all the focus will turn to the late-night insanity of every night for the next month. But let’s not breeze past the regular season just yet.
Jose Fernandez’s presence was everywhere on Monday night, and collectively, the Marlins fed off the energy. Dee Gordon set the tone with a tearful leadoff homer that tugged at the heartstrings of everyone at Marlins Park. Gordon had four hits and Justin Bour collected three, helping the Marlins break open a big lead and hold off the Mets, 7-3, on a night they paid tribute to Fernandez, whose death on Sunday morning in a boating accident rocked the sports world.
The Indians clinched their first American League Central title since 2007 at the ballpark that housed four of the previous five division crowns. In the process, their 7-4 win over the Tigers made Detroit’s postseason pursuit much tougher.
Run prevention is one of baseball’s new buzz terms. As the game and how we watch it continue to evolve, we’re realizing more with each passing season that the balls that end up in gloves are just as important as the ones that end up in the bleacher seats.