There isn’t a hotter team in baseball than the Blue Jays. They won their ninth in a row last night, walking off against the Orioles. Munenori Kawasaki hit a game-tying homer in the seventh and Rajai Davis singled in the winning run in the ninth. The Jays have won 13 of 16 overall and are now at .500 on the season. Yes, they are still in last place. But they are only seven back. One behind the Rays, three and a half behind the Yankees and five behind Baltimore. There’s a lot of work to do — and the Jays will eventually cool off — but it’s no longer inconceivable that they’ll be back in the race and relevant as the season goes on.
Blue Jays 7, Orioles 6
Indians 5, Twins 1
Cubs 3, Astros 1
Nationals 2, Rockies 1
Yankees 6, Rays 2
Mets 4, Phillies 3
Brewers 2, Braves 0
Red Sox 10, Tigers 6
Rangers 6, Cardinals 4
White Sox 9, Royals 1
Diamondbacks 11, Reds 5
Pirates 5, Angels 2
Athletics 6, Mariners 3
Padres 5, Dodgers 2
Marlins 6, Giants 3
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.
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 MLB.com’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.