Stat of the Day – Double-A ERA leaders

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1. Travis Wood (Reds) – 1.38
2. Chuck Lofgren (Indians) – 1.48
3. Troy Patton (Orioles) – 1.62
4. Cristhian Martinez (Marlins) – 1.84
5. Zach McAllister (Yankees) – 1.91
6. Brad Lincoln (Pirates) – 2.05
7. Hector Rondon (Indians) – 2.08
8. Brooks Brown (Tigers) – 2.21
9. Casey Lambert (Cubs) – 2.32
10. Trevor Bell (Angels) – 2.34
11. Henry Sosa (Giants) – 2.40
12. Jordan Smith (Reds) – 2.45

13. Travis Banwart (Athletics) – 2.47
14. Chris Cody (Brewers) – 2.49
15. Aaron Poreda (White Sox) – 2.58
16. Reidier Gonzalez (Blue Jays) – 2.62
17. James Avery (Reds) – 2.65
18. Kasey Kiker (Rangers) – 2.74
19. Junichi Tazawa (Red Sox) – 2.82
20. Vance Worley (Phillies) – 2.83

– Extra credit goes to Bell, Banwart and Kiker, the only Texas League
pitchers on the list. Rounding out the top five for the more
offensive-minded of the three leagues are Rockies prospects Samuel
Deduno (2.98) and Esmil Rogers (3.00). Fellow Rockies prospect Jhoulys
Chacin, probably the league’s best pitching prospect, is at 3.49.

– Phillies prospect Antonio Bastardo is at 1.82 with a 39/7 K/BB
ratio in 34 2/3 innings. He misses qualifying because of some time
spent in the pen at the beginning of the season.

– Lofgren, considered one of the game’s top left-handed prospects a
couple of years ago, was left unprotected in the December Rule 5 draft
because of some massive command woes. He wasn’t picked, though, and
he’s turned his career around in a big way.

– One more little list. Here’s the top five in strikeouts:

Marc Rzepczynski (Blue Jays) – 63
Jake Arrieta (Orioles) – 56
Aaron Poreda (White Sox) – 55
Junichi Tazawa (Red Sox) – 54
Sean West (Marlins) – 50

Theo Epstein on sportswriters: “The life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely. You kind of work by yourself, sit there by yourself…”

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 07:  Chicago Cubs general manager Theo Epstein stands on the field during batting practice before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on October 7, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Rick Morissey of the Chicago Sun-Times published an article on Sunday giving a bit of insight into Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. When Epsten was younger, he dabbled in sportswriting, but quickly realized the trade wasn’t for him.

As Morissey details, when Epstein was 19 years old writing for Yale’s student newspaper, he wrote an article suggesting the school’s football coach should be fired during what would become a 3-7 season. Epstein was told during the meeting that one writer would defend the coach and one would call for his job. “It was a lesson in the way that the world of journalism sometimes works. It was an eye-opener for me. I regret it, and I’ve happily moved on.”

Epstein continued, “I realized I didn’t want to be a sportswriter when I was interning with the Orioles back in ’92, ’93, ’94. I did do a lot of media-relations stuff, and I saw that the life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely. You kind of work by yourself, sit there by yourself in the press box, go back to the hotel bar. Not to generalize.” He added, “But I really respect writing and respect sportswriters.”

He’s not wrong, and he seems to have found his calling as a front office executive. His Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945.

Jason Kipnis injured his ankle celebrating the pennant with Francisco Lindor

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 17:  Jose Ramirez #11, Francisco Lindor #12, Jason Kipnis #22 and Mike Napoli #26 of the Cleveland Indians celebrate after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays with a score of 4 to 2 in game three of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 17, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis tweeted on Sunday, “Got a little too close to [Francisco Lindor] during the celebration!! Freak accident but should be good to go by Tuesday! #cantkeepmeoutofthisgame!”

Per’s Jordan Bastian, manager Terry Francona said Kipnis is dealing with a low ankle sprain, but he’s expected to be ready to go when the World Series begins on Tuesday. Kipnis went through fielding drills on Sunday.

Kipnis is hitting .167/.219/.367 with a pair of homers and four RBI in eight games this postseason.