Storylines: Bumgarner, Giants close out Royals to win title
- The Giants outlasted the Royals on Wednesday night to win Game 7 of the World Series, 3-2. The game got off to a quick start as both teams put up a two spot in the second inning and the starting pitchers were chased from the game very early. Giants manager Bruce Bochy pulled starter Tim Hudson in the second inning and went right to his top left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt who extinguished a Royals rally in the second and pitched two shutout innings in the third and fourth inning before being remove. The Giants scored in the top of the fourth on a Mike Morse soft liner to right that scored Pablo Sandoval for their third run and ended up as the game-winning hit. Enter Madison Bumgarner who came into the game in the bottom of the fifth inning on short rest and finished off the Royals with five shutout innings and allowed two hits, no walks and had four strikeouts.
- Bumgarner had a historic showing in the World Series and was named the Series MVP. In total, he made three appearances going 2-0 with a save and 0.43 ERA, and in 21.0 innings allowed just one run on nine hits, one walk and had 17 strikeouts. In total this postseason, he appeared in seven games and went 4-1 with a 1.03 ERA, and in 52.2 innings allowed 28 hits, 6 walks and had 45 strikeouts.
Other News and Notes
- According to John Heyman of CBS Sports, the Cubs will hire Joe Maddon as their new manager. While nothing is official, the two sides are in agreement and an announcement could come soon.
- According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the Braves are expected to make Ervin Santana a qualifying offer.
- According to John Heyman of CBS Sports, the Red Sox have zeroed in on Chase Headley and Pablo Sandoval as two of their top targets this offseason. They are looking to make a big upgrade at third base and may also look at Aramis Ramirez.
- The Reds have exercised their $10M club option for Johnny Cueto, declined the $4M club option for Jack Hannahan and declined the $9M club option for Ryan Ludwick. Both Ludwick and Hannahan are now free agents.
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The RH hitting Middlebrooks is a bounce back candidate and needs a reboot. He's career .230 something hitter to this point but the talent is there for a much better average with some pop.