Dayton Moore gave a press conference yesterday to close down the Royals season. At one point he said something that is gonna probably make his obituary one day:
“I feel like we’ve won the World Series”
Today Sam Mellinger of the Star writes a story about the conversation he had with Moore after that comment. A comment Moore admitted was an awful choice of words given how fans of a team that hasn’t made the playoffs for pushing 30 years will likely take it. But the overall sentiment is at least somewhat defensible: for as low as the Royals were and for as hard as he has worked for the past seven years to fix the organization, a good, 86-win season in which more things went right than wrong has given him a sense of accomplishment.
Which is a legitimate observation. Just not one that he’ll ever be given credit for given that he put it the way he did.
No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.
First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.
On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.
Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.