Former major league catcher David Ross didn’t enter Game 7 of the World Series until the fifth inning, but his presence was immediately felt and not in a great way. Starter Kyle Hendricks issued a two-out walk to Carlos Santana, prompting manager Joe Maddon to make a double-switch. Ross replaced Willson Contreras behind the plate and Jon Lester relieved Hendricks. On the first at-bat, Jason Kipnis hit a tapper to the left side. Ross pounced on it but made a poor throw to first base, allowing Santana to move to third base and Kipnis to second. Then, with a 0-1 count on Francisco Lindor, Lester uncorked a wild pitch that Ross couldn’t handle. The ball caromed off of his mask towards the first base dugout. Ross got up to give chase but immediately lost his footing. Both Santana and Kipnis scored on the play, reducing the Cubs’ lead to 5-3.
Ross would redeem himself the next inning by drilling a solo home run to center field off of feared lefty reliever Andrew Miller, his former teammate with the Red Sox. The Cubs, as we know, would eventually defeat the Indians 8-7 in 10 innings to win the 2016 World Series. It was a storybook ending for Ross, who planned to retire no matter what happened. He was hoisted on the shoulders of his teammates as they celebrated at Progressive Field.
Ross appeared on MLB Network to discuss all of that and it’s rather interesting, especially the way he broke down his at-bat against Miller.
Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that Mariners starter Drew Smyly has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery.
Smyly was diagnosed with a flexor strain in his left elbow at the end of spring training. He had been on the shelf since then, but was throwing bullpen sessions. He was set to throw his first simulated game today, but that was scratched after he said his arm didn’t feel right in his last throwing session. The Mariners called it “a little setback.” A reexamination shows that this is not little, obviously.
The Mariners acquired Smyly in January for outfielder Mallex Smith and two minor leaguers, and were expected to utilize the lefty as a core member of their rotation in 2017. Now he’s going to miss all of this season and, given that he’s on a one-year deal, will be released by the team at the end of the season. Odds are that he’ll be unable to pitch for most of 2018.
A play in three acts:
Miguel Montero talks smack about his teammate
A team leader talks smack about Miguel Montero
The Cubs get rid of Miguel Montero:
This is rather surprising. As I said in the last post, I figured he’d apologize today and it’d all be in the past. Guess not. Even more surprising: we learned earlier this week that the key to good clubhouse chemistry is having a teammate everyone hates. Guess that only works for the Giants.
Montero is making $14 million this season, so the Cubs are definitely eating some money to make a headache go away. They’re also losing some offensive production, as Montero has hit a nice .286/.366/.439 on the season. His terrible defense against opposing baserunners mitigates that, of course. And the whole “pissing off everyone in the clubhouse” thing isn’t exactly working out for him either, so here we are.
Oh well, have a good one, Miguel.