October baseball, man …
- There were four playoff games yesterday, and they were full of excitement and story lines. After failing to get a bunt down, Juan Uribe hit a two-run homer in the 8th inning to give the Dodgers a 4-3 win over the Braves. The Dodgers win the series, and head to the NLCS. The Pirates were dominated by Michael Wacha, and the Cardinals evened the series at two with a 2-1 win. The A’s took a 2-1 series lead over the Tigers with a 6-3 win. On verge of being swept out of the playoffs, the Rays beat the Red Sox on a walk-off homer by Jose Lobaton (which came after the Red Sox had tied the game in the top of the 9th, which came after the Rays had taken the lead in the bottom of the 8th).
- The Pirates now head to St. Louis for the finale of the NLDS, which they’ll play tomorrow at 7pm CT. The Red Sox face the Rays tonight at 7:30pm CT, and the A’s take on the Tigers at 4pm CT.
- Carrie Muskat reports that Kyuji Fujikawa (Tommy John surgery) has started throwing a baseball, which is a good sign in his recovery. It’s still a long way back, and don’t expect him before midseason next year at the earliest, but he’s right on schedule. Generally-speaking, you like to see a guy throwing a baseball within four, four-and-a-half months of his surgery (Fujikawa had his in early June).
- Muskat also spoke to new utility man Mat Gamel (claimed off of waivers from the Brewers), who says he feels like his second ACL surgery was a success. His second ACL injury occurred in Spring Training while he was recovering from his first ACL surgery.
- Jesse Rogers continues his tour of the team, looking at the rotation this year.
- You can vote for Nate Schierholtz for the Hank Aaron Award, which is given to the best offensive player in each league (each team gets a nominee). Schierholtz had a great year, and was a great find for the Cubs, but it says something about a team’s offense when a guy with a .251/.301/.470 line is the team’s best offensive player.
- Big League Stew with 10 reasons on why Joe Girardi could/should leave the Yankees for the Cubs.
- I was on the Midway Madness podcast yesterday talking bad playoff predictions and Cubs managerial stuff.