Given that the World Series starts on Wendesday, you can bet that the powers that be — not to mention the soon-to-be-traveling Detroit Tigers — want Game 7 of the NLCS to go down tonight. At the moment, however, there is some reason for concern. Here is the hourly forecast for game time:
That’s from Weather.com. Other sources have a higher percentage chance of precipitation. As usual when weather comes up in baseball, I asked my dad, who is a retired meteorologist, which source he trusts the most. His answer: “The hell do I know? I’ve been retired for nine years.”
Free agent first baseman Edwin Espinal has signed a minor league deal with the Tigers, the infielder announced Saturday. The move has yet to be confirmed by the team.
Espinal, 23, capped a seven-year run with the Pirates’ minor league affiliates in 2017. He split his season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, batting a cumulative .294/.327/.447 with 15 home runs and 31 doubles in 532 plate appearances. While he’s raked at nearly every level so far, he also profiles well on defense, and rounded off his 2017 performance with a perfect fielding percentage, 208 putouts and a Gold Glove award.
Espinal is untested at the major league level and it’s not yet clear if he’ll make the jump in 2018. He showed some positional versatility during his time in the minors, however, and could take reps at third base or DH if necessary. The Tigers are reportedly on the lookout for pitching depth and left-handed bats — two bills the right-handed Espinal doesn’t fit — and presumably have a lot of moves left to make this winter.