A late Septemeber day game between two of the worst teams in baseball is usually all it takes to send attendance to record lows, but world leaders have literally united to make attending today’s Reds-Pirates game even less appealing:
Those arriving at PNC Park for this afternoon’s Pirates game against the Cincinnati Reds will face increased security, the team’s president said.
The team heightened security all week in light of the Group of 20 economic summit across the Allegheny River at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. But measures at the North Shore stadium will be particularly high today and tomorrow, President Frank Coonelly said.
The Pirates added extra security inside and outside the ballpark, and fans will be scanned with metal-detecting wands at the gates.
Given what has happened at previous world economic summits, the extra security is probably smart. Bonus effect: any Pirates season ticket holders who had planned on attempting suicide during the game — which would be completely understandable, I might add — will now have to put it off until next week.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.