Storylines: All tied up! Royals force Game 7 with blowout win
- The scrappy Kansas City Royals are not ready for the championship to go back to San Francisco just yet. They forced a game seven in which they could potentially win their second title in franchise history, and first since 1985.Yordano Ventura did his best Madison Bumgarnerimpression by pitching seven shutout innings and showing no fear in the biggest game of his young career. He had four strikeouts along with three walks and dropped his postseason ERA from 3.38 to 1.46 in the process. Jake Peavy didn’t make it out of the second inning as he surrendered five runs on six hits. His ERA skyrocketed to 12.79. Game seven is set for Wednesday night in Kansas City.
- The new renovations to Progressive Field will connect fans to players as well as the ballpark connecting with the city. It will also include better social networking.
Other News and Notes
- According to Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago-Sun Times, the Chicago Cubs will possibly be pursuing free agent pitcher Jon Lester. If they fail to sign him, James Shields of the Kansas City Royals could be a fall back option.
- The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed Justin Smoak off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Smoak was the centerpiece in the 2010 trade that sent Cliff Lee to the Texas Rangers.
- The Washington Nationals have outrighted righty Ross Ohlendorf. He was on the 60-day DL last season and has elected free agency.
- The Minnesota Twins have had no contact with Joe Maddon since he opted out of his contract last week. Maddon would likely consider a team that is ready to compete instead of a slow rebuilding process.
October 29, 2014 - 10:15 AM EDT
"The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed Justin Smoak off waivers..."; I remember thinking that we might want to kick the tires on a Cliff Lee trade if we could get the Phillies to kick in salary. Then I looked at the contract numbers & doubted that the Phillies would go the $15 million or so that would make it doable. He's guaranteed $25 million this coming season with a $12.5 million buyout in '16. It's a vesting option but he won't hit the IP numbers to make it guaranteed. While checking this I looked at his trade history. While the emergence of Carrasco has make it no contest, and despite the fact that we all bewailed the lack of value we received, the Tribe has gotten way more in trading Cliff Lee than anyone else. The Expos got raped, excluding 17 starts from Bartolo; every other trade piece, excluding Carrasco but including everyone else the Tribe received, were so many large piles of crap. The money won't work but the history shows that whatever we traded for him won't amount to much.