So much trade stuff to sift through that I’m going with an express recap this morning.
As for last night’s action: The Troutless Angels dropped another one to the Astros, who regain the lead in the AL West. Lance McCullers pitched seven solid innings and Preston Tucker and Jon Singleton homered. Albert Pujols hit his 30th home run of the season in a winning effort in a losing cause.
This is the latest the Astros have led their division since Sept. 21, 2003. The division then was the NL Central. Which I sometimes forget they’re no longer a part of, but that’s what being old will do to a guy. The rest of the scores:
Indians 12, Royals 1
Tigers 2, Rays 1
Pirates 10, Twins 4
Cubs 3, Rockies 2
Diamondbacks 8, Mariners 2
Giants 5, Brewers 0
Blue Jays 8, Phillies 2
White Sox 9, Red Sox 2
Padres 7, Mets 3
Nationals 7, Marlins 2
Orioles 2, Braves 0
Astros 6, Angels 3
Rangers 5, Yankees 2
Reds 1, Cardinals 0
Dodgers 10, Athletics 7
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.
The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.
The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.
Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.
Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.
In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.