During the ALDS, Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin became the fourth player to homer with four different teams in the playoffs. With a solo homer in the fourth inning of Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday evening, Indians first baseman Mike Napoli became the fifth such player. The homer broke a 1-1 tie.
Here’s the list:
- John Olerud: Blue Jays, Mets, Mariners, Yankees
- Ron Gant: Braves, Reds, Cardinals, Athletics
- Reggie Sanders: Reds, Diamondbacks, Giants, Cardinals
- Russell Martin: Dodgers, Yankees, Pirates, and Blue Jays
- Mike Napoli: Angels, Rangers, Red Sox, Indians
Napoli was having a quiet postseason entering Monday’s action. He had logged only one double and one single in 18 plate appearances.
Indians starter Trevor Bauer recently suffered a cut on the pinky on his pitching hand while attempting to repair a drone. Bauer has made no secret that building and utilizing drones is his main hobby. Due to the cut, Bauer was pushed back in the Indians’ ALCS rotation.
Bauer insisted he’d be just fine in his Game 3 start against the Blue Jays, but that didn’t turn out to be the case. The right-hander lasted just two-thirds of an inning. After issuing a walk to Troy Tulowitzki to put runners on first and second base with two outs, Jays manager John Gibbons came out to home plate umpire John Gibbons, pointing out that Bauer’s finger was dripping blood. Gorman went out to the mound and informed Francona that Bauer’s bleeding was “too much” and that he’d need to be replaced. Bauer left and Dan Otero entered.
Bauer struck out Jose Bautista looking, walked Josh Donaldson, induced a line out from Edwin Encarnacion, then walked Tulowitzki before departing. Otero got Russell Martin to ground out to second base to end the inning.
Due to Bauer’s short outing, the Indians will call on Corey Kluber to start on short rest in Game 4, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. Ryan Merritt will start Game 5.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Dodgers and third baseman Justin Turner have had “very preliminary” talks of a contract extension, but they haven’t really gone anywhere yet. As a result, it appears as of this moment that Turner will become a free agent after the postseason.
Turner and the Dodgers avoided arbitration in his third and final year of eligibility, agreeing on a $5.1 million salary for the 2016 season. The 31-year-old has had three very good seasons with the Dodgers, hitting an aggregate .296/.364/.492 with 50 home runs and 193 RBI in 1,383 plate appearances since the start of the 2014 season.
Turner has also been outstanding for the Dodgers in the postseason this year. He’s batting .333 with a triple, a homer, five RBI, and five runs scored in 30 plate appearances across seven games.
The 2017 free agent class is relatively weak, so Turner will likely enter as the top third baseman and one of the top ten players overall.