The Royals advanced to the World Series with a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays last night in Game 6 of the ALCS. The difference in the ballgame was Lorenzo Cain scoring all the way from first base on a single from Eric Hosmer in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was a gutsy call by Royals third base coach Mike Jirschele, but he knew Cain’s speed and the decision paid off handsomely.
Statcast broke down Cain’s mad dash to home, which you can watch below…
In case there was any doubt, Cain is fast. And now the Royals are headed to the World Series for the second straight year. Game 1 against the Mets will take place Tuesday night in Kansas City.
Blue Jays reliever Aaron Loup has missed the last two games due to a personal family matter, but Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that he’s expected to be back for Game 6 of the ALCS against the Royals on Friday.
The Blue Jays had to play a man short while Loup was away from the team. As Craig Calcaterra noted yesterday, there’s no bereavement leave during the playoffs.
Loup has been functioning as the lone left-hander in Toronto’s bullpen since Brett Cecil went down with a torn left calf muscle during the ALDS. Cecil is hoping to make it back if the Blue Jays advance to the World Series.
Loup, 27, posted a 4.46 ERA and 46/7 K/BB ratio over 42 1/3 innings during the regular season. He has allowed one run in two innings over four appearances during the postseason.
The Athletics announced Thursday that left-hander Drew Pomeranz underwent surgery this week for a clavicle resection.
According to Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com, a clavicle resection is described as a “minimally invasive procedure meant to relieve pain in the AC joint.” The expectation is that Pomeranz will be ready for spring training next year.
Pomeranz began this season in Oakland’s rotation, but he landed on the disabled list in mid-May with a sprained AC joint after posting a 4.40 ERA over eight starts. He pitched almost exclusively in relief upon his return in June and did quite well, finishing with a 2.93 ERA and 50/15 K/BB ratio over his final 43 innings. It’s unclear what his role will be in 2016, but it looks like the former top prospect might have found a home in the bullpen.
The Royals were given a bit of a scare this afternoon after left fielder Alex Gordon was left with a bloody nose in a batting practice mishap.
It all happened after Gordon hit a ball which deflected off the top of the cage and came right down on his nose. Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes reports that Gordon was taken off the field, but Royals manager Ned Yost said that fortunately it’s “nothing serious.”
Here’s the photo evidence from the Kansas City Star…
Gordon is batting .273/.351/.455 with one home run, three doubles, and three RBI over 10 games during the postseason.
The Royals will bring a 3-2 series lead into Game 6 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
The Mets are headed to the World Series for the first time since 2000, but Marc Carig of Newsday hears that Juan Uribe is expected to remain sidelined due to cartilage damage in his chest.
Uribe originally suffered the injury when he dove for a ground ball on September 20. The veteran infielder returned to action three days later, but he aggravated the injury during a pinch-hit appearance on September 25. He hasn’t played in a game since.
Uribe tested himself with some limited baseball activity in recent days, but he apparently hasn’t shown enough progress to be activated as a bench player. Kirk Nieuwenhuis took his spot on the roster for the first two rounds of the playoffs.