Jason Heyward and the Cardinals have not talked extension

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St. Louis gave up a lot to get one season of Jason Heyward, sending Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins to Atlanta for the impending free agent outfielder and reliever Jordan Walden.

In the past the Cardinals have had success acquiring a short-term player and signing him to a long-term contract extension before he hits the open market, but it doesn’t sound like that will be happening with Heyward.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch spoke to Heyward and reports that “there have not been substantive talks about an extension” and “there’s been no pressure from either side to hasten a deal.”

Heyward has had a good but not great season, starting slow and playing well recently on the way to hitting .286 with nine homers, 18 steals, and a .772 OPS to go with his always outstanding defense in right field. At age 26 he’s in line for a big payday and the Cardinals will receive draft pick compensation if he turns down a qualifying offer to sign elsewhere.

Heyward has talked repeatedly about how much he likes playing in St. Louis and certainly seems very interested in remaining there beyond this season, but it’s possible that both sides want to see what his market looks like as a free agent before making a commitment.

On a night full of letdowns, Yankees’ defense let them down the most

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Game 4 of the ALCS was a gigantic letdown for the Yankees for myriad reasons. They lost, first and foremost, 8-3 to the Astros to fall behind three games to one. Their fans continued to act boorishly. CC Sabathia exited with an injury, likely the final time he’ll pitch in his career. The offense went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

The biggest letdown of the night, though, was the Yankees’ defense. They committed four errors, their highest total in a postseason game since committing five errors in Game 2 of the 1976 ALCS.

Make no mistake: the two three-run home runs hit by George Springer and Carlos Correa, given up by Masahiro and Chad Green respectively, were the big blows in the game. But the errors contributed to the loss and were downright demoralizing.

The first error came at the start of the top of the sixth inning, when Alex Bregman hit a cue shot to first baseman DJ LeMahieu. LeMahieu couldn’t read the bounce and the ball clanked off of his knee, allowing Bregman to reach safely. He would score later in the inning on Correa’s blast.

The Yankees committed two errors in the top of the eighth, leading to a run. Yuli Gurriel hit another grounder to LeMahieu, which he couldn’t handle. That not only allowed Gurriel to reach safely, but Bregman — who led off with a double — moved to third base. He would score when second baseman Gleyber Torres couldn’t handle a Yordan Álvarez grounder.

Error number four occurred when Altuve hit a grounder to Torres to lead off the top of the ninth. The ball skipped right under his glove. Facing Michael Brantley, Jonathan Loaisiga uncorked a wild pitch which advanced Altuve to second base. Brantley followed up with a line drive single to left field, plating Altuve for another run. Loaisiga would throw another wild pitch facing Bregman but that one didn’t come back to haunt him.

The Yankees can’t control injuries, the behavior of their fans, or how good the Astros’ pitching is on any given night. They can control the quality of their defense. On Thursday, it was a farce, and now they’re staring down the barrel of having to win three consecutive games against the Astros to stave off elimination.