Although the first week after the regular season felt like a bit of a respite given how frustrating and terrible things had gotten, I now wish I could watch a Cubs game today. I mean, obviously, since it would be the postseason, but I mean more generally than that. I suppose I’m saying it’s the first day after the season when I feel like, “Sigh, no Cubs baseball to fill up my sports cup today.”
- At least it’s going to be a big week on the managerial interview side of things, with the Cubs talking to (at least) Joe Girardi, David Ross, and Will Venable, after having interviewed Mark Loretta last week. And old friend Joe Maddon will get his first interview, too:
Joe Maddon will interview with the #Angels early this week and they are his No. 1 choice, sources tell The Athletic. Maddon spent 31 years in Angels’ organization before joining the Rays as manager in 2006. First to report interview with LAA: @Buster_ESPN.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 6, 2019
- That’s just a formality, right? I mean, the Angels are just putting on the show, right?
- It’ll be really interesting to see if and when the first team with an opening pulls the trigger on a hiring, even if it means they never got a chance to talk to anyone with one of the playoff teams.
- It could also be a big day for the postseason, with all four LDS match-ups possibly over by the end of the day. The Braves are up 2-1 on the Cardinals, the Dodgers are up 2-1 on the Nationals, the Astros are up 2-0 on the Rays, and the Yankees are up 2-0 on the Twins. I reckon MLB would be pretty bummed if all those series end today, or even two of the four.
- If the Cardinals wind up losing this series to Atlanta, much less if it comes by way of another blown save, the fans are going to turn hard on Carlos Martinez this offseason:
Carlos Martinez is the first reliever to allow 3+ earned runs in multiple games of the same Division Series.
The last in any postseason series was Javier Vazquez in the 2004 ALCS, and he pitched a combined 6 1/3 innings.
— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) October 6, 2019
- Martinez, who only just turned 28, was exclusively a reliever this year after dealing with shoulder issues, and he was a dang good one: 3.17 ERA, 2.86 FIP, 56.5% groundball rate, 0.37 HR/9. That bullpen could have totally fallen apart after Jordan Hicks went down, so Martinez deserves more love from Cardinals fans than it seems like he’s going to get. (Insert joke about respect.) The Cardinals have Martinez under contract for two more seasons at $11.7 million, and then they have team options for 2022 ($17 million) and 2023 ($18 million).
Mr. Respect the Game, Carlos Martinez, blowing a kiss to Billy Hamilton. pic.twitter.com/L6jeodeWVl
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 6, 2019
- Meanwhile, Martinez’s blown save ruined Adam Wainwright’s excellent start, though it doesn’t sound like he’s thinking he’s done in the big leagues:
Adam Wainwright: "I never felt for one second that today was going to be my last day." #STLCards
— Joe Trezza (@JoeTrezz) October 7, 2019
- Overall, Wainwright was a league average pitcher this year for the Cardinals, which is always useful. He’ll pitch next year at 38, so if the Cardinals bring him back, you can figure it’ll be on a cheap deal.
- One more on the loss:
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) October 6, 2019
- JUMP ON IT: Halloween candy (and, well, candy for whatever purpose you want) is a Deal of the Day at Amazon today. So load yourself up today.
- Random note, and it does not make me feel that much better:
This is still true.
The only 3 teams that started 2019 1-6 were the Cubs, Reds and Angels and none of the 3 made the playoffs.
But the Cubs became just the 5th team in the last 36 years to finish over .500 after a 1-6 start so moral victory? https://t.co/2NeMHQ9zLi
— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) October 7, 2019
- The great Bruce Miles looks back on his long beat career.
- Zack Greinke:
Zack Greinke on the importance of pitching in Tampa & the unique challenges of the ballpark. 🧡
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 7, 2019