Storylines: Royals win AL Wildcard game thriller
- The magic finally came back to Kansas City after a 29-year hiatus from the playoffs. They defeated the Oakland Athletics 9-8 on Tuesday in what will go down as one of the top postseason games in MLB history. The game came down to both bullpens with the Royals pen edging the A’s.Brandon Finnegan kept the Royals in the game for 2.1 innings only surrendering one hit and striking out three. Numerous mistakes in the 12th inning led to the A’s downfall as the Royals won the game on a single down the left-field line by Salvador Perez. The Royals will go on to face the Los Angeles Angels on Friday in what should be a battle between two young pitching staffs and explosive offenses.
- Brandon Moss set an A’s postseason record by hitting two home runs and getting five RBI’S in Tuesday night's game. Nelson Cruz was the last player to do this as he accomplished it with the Texas Rangers in 2011 against the Detroit Tigers.
Other News and Notes
- According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Miami Marlins plan to sign Giancarlo Stanton to a long-term deal.
- Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the New York Yankees are working to extend the contract of GM Brian Cashman. Since being hired in 1998, this is his first time the Yankees have missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons.
- Infielder Emilio Bonifacio will switch agents as his upcoming free agency approaches.
- Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Theo Epstein believes that the Chicago Cubs will be ready to compete next season. This could mean that the Cubs will be active in free agency in the upcoming offseason.
- According to Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN, the Seattle Mariners will be active in free agency looking to add rotation depth and offense.
Under "standard batting" there is a heading for "splits". Click on it and you are there.
I have looked all over that page and cant find it on Baseball reference Thats why I asked
Hawk.....all the RISP stats you want are on www.baseball-reference.com. Huge list of splits.....
We just saw the value of defense and speed in that game. The A's couldn't field the ball (namely Lowrie) and they couldn't throw out any runners (too bad Soto got hurt). And the Royals put on a clinic of how speed can have a huge impact on a game. Watching guys like Dyson steal bases and impact makes me wonder "what if" with Bourn. That's the kind of havoc the Indians thought they were getting when they signed him....but have come nowhere close to getting.
The decisions that Yost and Melvin made last night , I'm glad we do have Francona.
Ned Yost went from being Ned "Toast" for his decision to use Yordano Ventura to the Toast of BBQ City.. Nice to see the first AL West team get sent packing..
btw... the Royals have a soon to be FA RH DH/slugger who would look mighty fine with Chief Wahoo on his sleeve.. maybe not..