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.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.