David Freese takes over as all-time single-postseason RBI leader


David Freese didn’t stop with a huge Game 6. His two-run double in the Friday’s Game 7 victory gave him the all-time record for RBI in a single postseason:

1. David Freese (StL): 21 (2011)
2. Sandy Alomar Jr. (Cle): 19 (1997)
2. Scott Spiezio (Ana): 19 (2002)
2. David Ortiz (Bos): 19 (2004)
5. Alex Rodriguez (NYY): 18 (2009)
6. John Valentin (Bos): 17 (1999)
6. Rich Aurilia (SFG): 17 (2002)
6. Ivan Rodriguez (Fla): 17 (2003)
6. Ryan Howard (Phi): 17 (2009)

Freese, who had 55 RBI in 97 regular-season games, hit .397 with five homers in his first career postseason. The 21 RBI came in 18 games.

If he hadn’t already done so, Freese definitely made a name for himself with his game-tying double in the ninth and game-winning homer in the 11th in Thursday’s Game 6. His hit tonight was also big, as it swung the momentum back the Cardinals’ way after Chris Carpenter gave up two runs in the first.

Jharel Cotton to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.

This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 26-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.