Last month when Chris Davis received a 25-game suspension from MLB for a positive Adderall test everyone did the quick math and realized he could be back for the World Series or possibly even a portion of the ALCS depending on how things went before then.
But now, because the Orioles swept the Tigers in the ALDS and are in danger of being swept by the Royals in the ALCS, it’s possible that Davis’ suspension could linger into next season. If the Orioles lose Game 4 and are swept Davis would have one game remaining on his 25-game suspension and would serve it on Opening Day next year.
Obviously missing one game next season is no big deal, but the difference between rejoining the team for the World Series and having to sit out Opening Day seems symbolically massive.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.