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Good morning baseball fans! Wow—last night’s NLDS was a wild one. Comebacks, homers, pitchers not abiding by the rules and structure of the inning heigharchy, it was everything October baseball should be, topped off nicely in the 9th. Clayton Kershaw came out from the bullpen for the save, leaving the internet an absolute mess. And he did his job, because of course, and now the Dodgers will face the Cubs in the NLCS. When was the last time Kershaw recorded a save? 2006. Kenley Jansen was his catcher.
Here’s a roundup of what’s going on in the National League Central.
Ben Affleck finding out Boston was swept by Cleveland is all of us when our team loses. Celebrities, they get emotional about sports just like us!
Terry Collins and the Mets could be going their separate ways after the 2017 season.
“Terry Collins said that he might be done managing the Mets after the 2017 season, but won’t make a decision until that season’s end, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN. Collins, who is 67, says it depends on how he physically feels at the end of next season, which is when his current contract ends, as well.”
The Indians and Blue Jays were both pretty active at the trade deadline. Now they’re both in the ALCS. Coincidence? Not at all.
“Though they’ve taken somewhat different paths to get to this stage, Cleveland and the Blue Jays share a similar flare for the dramatics during the trade deadline. The two teams will face off in the ALCS beginning Friday evening.
In retrospect, Cleveland’s biggest deal was acquiring Andrew Miller to shore up their late inning relief. After Cody Allen was coming off of an incredibly dominant 2015 campaign as closer, it appeared 2016 would bring him back down to Earth. Allen’s home run per flyball rate skyrocketed from three percent to 15 percent, his strikeout rate dropped by a percentage point, and his walk rate climbed by two percentage points.”
How how much money would you say is a lot? A million? Maybe five million? Where would you put $17.2 million? Because that’s the qualifying offer for 2017. I’m still looking for my jaw on the ground too.
“Assuming the system stays the same under the new collective bargaining agreement, teams will have to offer their departing free agents a one year, $17.2 million deal in order to receive draft pick compensation between the first and second rounds next June. The club that signs a free agent who was offered a qualifying deal will have to forfeit either a first or a second round pick, depending on where they finished in 2016.”
The deeper we get into the postseason, the more managers will lose their jobs. Keep up with that game of chess in one place . Send us a thank you card later.
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Today in baseball: On October 14th, 1965, Sandy Koufax pitches his second shutout to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-0 win over the Minnesota Twins and the World Series title in seven games.