The Indians played a game yesterday afternoon against the Indians. No, there is no mistake in that sentence. Unless you want to be really technical and point out that one of the teams was “called” the Fellers and the other was “called” the Dobys, that is.
Anyways, the game was a success. Because Jose Ramirez homered. His “40th” of the season! He got all of a Shane Bieber home run pitch, hopefully the final one of those Bieber throws this month.
Elsewhere in the AL Central, the Twins made another managerial change, letting go of Paul Molitor, whose unimpressive Twins team made the playoffs just one season ago.
NL Wild Card Game
The Cubs are done! Colorado defeated them 2-1 in a wild 13 innings last night to advance on to Milwaukee. The umpires (and Colorado’s outfield and dumb double switches) tried their absolute hardest to give this one to the Cubs, but not even calling an obviously safe runner “out” was enough.
Kyle Freeland, though, was fantastic for the Rockies over 6.2 innings. The game went off the rails in extra innings, featuring a controversial hug prior to LGFT Tony Wolters’ winning hit.
Speaking of LGFTs, Bryan Shaw was properly nowhere to be found on Colorado’s playoff roster.
Notes and links
• Corey Kluber gets a chance at redemption this month.
• The Indians want to be sure to not look too far ahead.
• MLB.com thinks Chris Sale, Manny Machado and Javy Baez are better at baseball than Francisco Lindor. I won’t link to it—that’s what they want.
• MLB is finally promoting their exciting young talent in a good way, however.
• Shohei Ohtani officially had his Tommy John.
• Mike Foltynewicz will start the Braves’ 1st NLDS game.