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The final week of the MLB regular season is here!!! For a select few, the next seven days are the most important–championship week. For others, it was a season to forget. Regardless of how your fantasy season went, if you had fun and made some money while doing it, chalk it up as a success and raise a glass.
With that being said, let’s look at what Major League Baseball had in store for us tonight.
With so much baseball still left to play, many teams were looking to lock up a playoff spot or try to keep their season alive. The Blue Jays were in Baltimore tonight looking to officially eliminate the O’s from the playoffs, while the Yankees looked to keep their hopes of winning the A.L East alive as they took on the Red Sox. The biggest matchup of the night is the one going down in Pittsburgh, as the Pirates look to inch closer to the Cardinals in a N.L Central battle.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
The magic number for the Toronto Blue Jays to clinch the A.L East is now three. Toronto beat the Orioles 4-3 in Baltimore thanks to an RBI fielder’s choice, off the bat of Justin Smoak in the top of the ninth. The Jays got off to a good start thanks to a homerun by Edwin Encarnacion in the second inning. The O’s would answer back in the bottom of the inning when Ryan Flaherty crushed a three-run shot off starter Marco Estrada. The score would stay the same till the top of the eight before Ben Revere cut the lead to 3-2 thanks to and RBI single. Jose Bautista would then tie the game thanks to an RBI single off reliever Darren O’Day. With the win, the Jays also move a half-game ahead of the Kansas City Royals for the best record in the American League.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED:
It hasn’t been a perfect season for the Washington Nationals. Despite all their recent troubles, starter Max Scherzer took to the mound today against the Reds and put on a performance for the hometown crowd. The righty tossed eight innings, giving up one runs on two hits while striking out 10. It was vintage Scherzer, something fans have become accustomed to seeing. He picked up his 13th win of the season and now has racked up 259 strikeouts in 219.2 innings. His final start of the season should come on Saturday when Washington travels to New York to take on the Mets.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
As bad as Kyle Hendricks can be, he can also be untouchable on any given night. Tonight was one of those nights, as the Cubs starter pitched six innings of scoreless baseball, giving up two hits and striking out nine. For a team that doesn’t strike out a lot, the Royals just couldn’t find a way to muster any contact on anything Kendricks threw their way. Despite the stellar performance, the Cubs were unable to provide their starter with any run support. They would eventually win the game in the bottom of the 11th thanks to a homerun by Chris Denorfia.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Dodgers activate OF Enrique Hernandez from the 15-day DL
- Angels sign P Mat Latos for the remainder of the season
- Adam Jones—day-to-day–(back)
- Giovanny Urshela—day-to-day–(shoulder)
- Victor Martinez—day-to-day–(leg)
- Kendrys Morales–day-to-day–(ankle)
- Howie Kendrick—day-to-day–(hamstring)
- Phil Hughes—day-to-day–(illness)
- Masahiro Tanaka—day-to-day–(hamstring)
- Stephen Drew—out of season–(illness, concussion)
- Sonny Gray—out for season–(hip)
- James Paxton–day-to-day–(finger)
- Yadier Molina—out for season–(thumb)
- Stephen Piscotty—day-to-day–(head)
- Ryan Zimmerman—day-to-day–(oblique)
- Jonathan Papelbon—out for season–(suspension, choking a superstar)