The Royals and Orioles are playing another nail-biter as they head into the ninth inning of ALCS Game 2 locked in a tie at four apiece. After starters Yordano Ventura (who left with an injury) and Bud Norris faltered early, both teams’ bullpens have been racking up the zeroes.
On the Royals’ side, Brandon Finnegan, Kelvin Herrera, and Wade Davis have combined to throw 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out two. Orioles relievers Brad Brach, Andrew Miller, and Darren O’Day have combined to toss 3 2/3 scoreless frames on one hit and a pair of walks while striking out three.
Game 1 on Friday night went 10 innings, ultimately going to the Royals. The Royals have already played four extra-inning games this post-season, winning all of them. It’s quite possible there will be a fifth tonight.
Update: Maybe not. The Royals took a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth when Alcides Escobar hit a ground rule double down the right field line, scoring pinch-runner Terrence Gore.
Update #2: Make it 6-4 thanks to Lorenzo Cain’s ground ball single to left field to score Escobar.
Last night it was reported that the Players Union had made an offer to Major League Baseball and the owners regarding plans for a 2020 season. The offer, which was in part counteroffer to the owners’ previous offer, part new proposals of its own, involved a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, a playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season over health concerns, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.
How’s that sitting with the owners? Not great, folks.
Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported this morning that the owners want a shorter schedule than the 114 games the players proposed, likely because they want to increase the odds that they can get to a postseason before a potential second wave COVID-19 outbreak occurs, as many experts expect it will. The owners also, not surprisingly, still want salary reductions, which the players have not addressed due to their contention that the matter was settled. Drellich says that the players’ offer “hasn’t been rejected yet but that’s inevitable.”
Bob Klapisch of the Newark Star-Ledger is more blunt:
The sides are, as Drellich notes, still talking. It would appear, however, that the owners tack of negotiating through the media is continuing on as well.