Storylines: Giants dominate Pirates in wildcard matchup
- Just 24 hours earlier the world saw one of the best wildcard games to ever be played in MLB history. On Wednesday night, not so much. Madison Bumgarner was unhittable all game long as he got the four-hit shutout against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bumgarner walked one batter and stuck out 10. The rout started in the fourth inning after Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam off of Edison Volquez. Brandon Belt, Hunter Pence and Buster Posey added to the score in later innings by getting four total RBI’s which put the game out of reach. The Pirates were never able to get it going as they struggled at the plate all night and failed to score any runners that were on base. The San Francisco Giants will go on to face the Washington Nationals with Game 1 on Friday night.
- Brandon Crawford is the first shortstop to ever hit a grand slam in the postseason.
- Sandy Alomar Jr. is one of the six candidates being considered for the vacant manager spot with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Alomar has been with the Tribe since 2010.
Other News and Notes
- According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, Adam Dunn has said he will “probably” retire now that the A’s have been eliminated. Since coming into the league in 2001, Dunn has never had a postseason at-bat.
- Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the New York Yankees have a list of potential shortstops they would consider acquiring. They include Jimmy Rollins, Alexei Ramirez, Jose Iglesias and Didi Gregorius.
- Jon Heyman of CBSSports reports that former all-star third basemen Michael Young has joined the Texas Rangers front office. His position is unknown at this time.
- According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Oakland Athletics are not going to stand pat this offseason.Josh Donaldson and Jeff Samardzija are two players that could possibly be moved.
- The Chicago White Sox have outrighted lefty Frank De Los Santos to AAA.
- The Toronto Blue Jays have outrighted infielder Munenori Kawasaki and first basemen Dan Johnson to the minors.
- Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are willing to stretch their payroll in order to retain catcher Russell Martin.
- Paul White of USA Today reports that Miguel Cabrera refused to sign the paperwork that would give him his postseason bonus. He is quoted as saying, “I just want a ring.”
Since many on this site are against the Indians pursuing Adrian Beltre, should they consider Donaldson. If yes I think the A's would want Lindor.
Small Market team took the gamble of making the big trades and it backfired. Now they have to go in opposite direction.