1. We’re Going to Kansas City…
The Blue Jays before Game 5 were 3-0 in elimination games – make that 4-0. Now they have 2 more to go and you gotta wonder if they should bring some talisman from home with them. Game 5 may have delayed the inevitable, but we’ve seen this before with this team.
With their backs against the wall, the Blue Jays came up big — again. This time it was Marco Estrada doing the pitching and a bevy of batters doing the hitting in Toronto’s 7-1 ALCS Game 5. The Jays live to see another day — Friday, Game 6 in Kansas City.
2. Too Cubs For Comfort
It was Back to the Future Night and the Cubs couldn’t overcome Mrs O’Leary’s cow, the billy goat or Murphy’s Law. Cubs Nation has been a long-battered, long-picked on group of lovable-losers that it still surprises how quickly they reached future expectations. The 3rd best record in the National League, they were 7-0 against the Mets and they never led once in this sweep.
Sure Daniel Murphy hit another HR in his 6th consecutive game and sure no one has done that before in the postseason, but he shares another impressive stat with Lou Gehrig – 7 straight games being on base, having a hit and scoring a run. He’s your NLCS MVP. Murphy is playing himself into a nice contract when this is all done. But the real question to ask is: What is Kyle Schwarber doing in Left Field?
3. Blue Bye-You
The Los Angeles Dodgers and manager Don Mattingly have mutually agreed to part ways, according to ESPN sources familiar with the situation and published reports. Mattingly had one year remaining on his contract, and sources indicated to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that the Dodgers offered him an extension this past weekend. But after years of uncertainty about the Dodgers’ long-term commitment to him — Mattingly has worked under two different ownership groups and two different general managers — he informed the team earlier this week that he preferred to move on.