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Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we’ll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.
The Chicago Cubs once again proved something that’s been obvious the entire season: They are far and away the best team in baseball. With a 12-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cubs became the first club to reach 100 wins this year.
They did so in grand fashion. With the team leading by one run in the fourth inning, the Cubs offense went to work. Jason Heyward singled to open the frame, Addison Russell was hit by a pitch and Albert Almora Jr. singled to load the bases.
That brought infielder Javier Baez to the plate. With the bases loaded, Baez unloaded on an 0-2 sinker from Chad Kuhl. The shot landed in out in the left field bleachers, giving Baez a grand slam and the Cubs a 5-0 lead.Tue, 27 Sep7:05 PM EDTChi Cubs at PittsburghPreview Game
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Sorry, Milwaukee Brewers, your World Series trophy is in another castle. One they might want to visit in four or five years.
The Brewers are in rebuilding mode, meaning many of their valuable players have been traded away by now — either at the trade deadline or before the season. What followed was a season lingering around the cellar of the NL Central (only the Reds were worse). But at least we know Hank the Dog is really Hank the Dog, right?
Like we’ll do with every eliminated team in our Game Over series, we’re about to examine what went wrong for the Brewers, what went right, what’s the best 2016 memory, what they need to fix and what the future might hold.Tue, 27 Sep8:05 PM EDTMilwaukee at TexasPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
If not for the Chicago Cubs, the Washington Nationals’ resurgence would have been the biggest story in the National League. Just one year after an embarrassing collapse, which featured the best player on the club getting choked by Jonathan Papelbon and the dismissal of manager Matt Williams, the Nationals lived up to expectations by capturing the NL East title.
From the start of the season, this was the Nationals club many expected the last couple seasons. Washington sat in first place for an incredible 172 days. The farthest they ever fell behind the division lead was just a half a game, and that came all the back on May 11. They managed to do so despite multiple injuries to Stephen Strasburg and a massive decline in production from reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper.
Now that the Nationals are back in October, they’ll need to focus on moving past the National League Division Series for the first time since the franchise relocated to D.C. If they can manage that, the Nationals will be one step closer to winning the first World Series in franchise history.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at five reasons the Nationals can make history in 2016.Tue, 27 Sep7:05 PM EDTArizona at WashingtonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
One day after Jose Fernandez’s tragic death, the Miami Marlins took the field against the New York Mets hoping to pay tribute to one of baseball’s brightest talents and biggest personalities.
With Fernandez’s death still fresh on the minds of every single Marlins player, it proved to be an emotional event.
During pregame ceremonies, the entire Marlins team, clad intheir No. 16 jerseys, met at the mound and knelt down around it.
Cannot imagine what these players are feeling.
(all these screenshots are from the Marlins TV broadcast) pic.twitter.com/Vsfoc72wPZ
— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) September 26, 2016
The team then gathered together as outfielder Giancarlo Stanton spoke to his teammates while fighting back tears.
Giancarlo Stanton “we’re going to find a way to do this” pic.twitter.com/cpytP1HTGS
— Stacey Pressman (@slp1313) September 26, 2016Tue, 27 Sep7:10 PM EDTNY Mets at MiamiPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
The Cleveland Indians came into the season with a tough task: Unseat the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals in the American League Central. On Monday, they did just that. With their 7-4 win over the Detroit Tigers, the Cleveland Indians clinched the AL Central for the first time since 2007.
A slow April may have been cause for concern early, but Cleveland eventually soared. The team went just 10-11 during the season’s first month, but then never posted a sub-.500 month the rest of the way. After a 16-13 May, the team ripped off an incredible 22-6 run in June. They claimed the division lead on June 4, and basically never gave it up from there. The Indians sat in first place for 115 days, and won the AL Central by a comfortable eight game margin.
While it may look like the team coasted to a division title, that wasn’t the case. Cleveland started the season without its best offensive player, outfielder Michael Brantley. Brantley was able to return from a shoulder injury in late April, but played in just 11 games before heading back to the disabled list. He was eventually shut down for the entire season.Tue, 27 Sep7:10 PM EDTCleveland at DetroitPreview Game
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TORONTO – The Blue Jays, still in the playoff hunt, and Yankees, all but out of it, engaged in a beanball back-and-forth Monday night that saw three batters get hit and the benches clear twice.
Yankees right-hander Luis Severino was summoned from the bullpen to make a spot start for injured ace Masahiro Tanaka and his first inning on the mound was, to put it lightly, effectively wild. He gave up one run but walked two and hit Josh Donaldson with a pitch. As the Blue Jays have felt Donaldson has been the unfair target of fastballs before what followed shouldn’t be too surprising, even if Severino was struggling with his command and didn’t intend to plunk the reigning AL MVP.
In the top of the second, Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ threw a fastball behind the first batter he faced, Chase Headley, and connected on the second attempt, causing the umpire to warn both teams and both benches and bullpens to clear. An irate Joe Girardi was tossed, his contention being that Happ should have been warned, or even ejected, when he missed with the first pitch instead of waiting to warn the teams once Headley had been hit.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, Dee Gordon’s leadoff homer for the Marlins on Monday night was a moment that transcended sports. All social media eyes were on the Marlins’ game against the Mets, their first game since the death of phenom pitcher Jose Fernandez.
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) September 26, 2016
— Vernon Wells (@VernonWells10) September 26, 2016
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Of all the tributes we’ve seen to Jose Fernandez over the past two days, the best one came from Miami Marlins teammate Dee Gordon, bat in hand, blasting an unlikely home run to lead off Monday’s emotionally charged game in Miami.
It was Gordon who was seen kneeling in grief in front of the No. 16 the Marlins painted on the field Sunday, in an image shared all around the internet. It was Gordon who before Monday’s game was wearing a custom made T-shirt honoring Fernandez and “JDF16 4EVER” scrawled across his baseball cap.
And it was Gordon — without a homer all season — who came up and knocked the third pitch he saw from the New York Mets’ Bartolo Colon over the fence. If you need any more proof that Fernandez was on Gordon’s mind, he started his at-bat from the right side of the plate, like Fernandez, then switched to hitting lefty after the first pitch.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Every Miami Marlins player will wear No. 16 in honor of Jose Fernandez on Monday night. And then no one else will, ever again.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria told reporters Monday before the Marlins’ game with the New York Mets that the club would be retiring Fernandez’s number:
I asked #Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria if he's put thought into retiring No. 16. "Nobody else is wearing that number. I can tell you that."
— James Walker (@JamesWalkerNFL) September 26, 2016
If the Marlins go through with an official number retirement, Fernandez would be the first player from the franchise to have his number retired. Like every MLB team, they’ve retired No. 42 for Jackie Robinson.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
When the Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays meet Monday night in the Windy City, let’s be honest, there aren’t too many postseason implications. Strike that, there are zero postseason implications.
The White Sox prevented the Indians from clinching the AL Central on Sunday, and that might be their final meaningful contribution to the 2016 season. They finish with four games against the Rays, then three against the Minnesota Twins, both whom are also mathematically eliminated from postseason play.
That’s not to say the White Sox don’t have things to pay attention to in these final games. There are question marks headed into 2017 and one of the big ones is on the mound Monday night.Tue, 27 Sep8:10 PM EDTTampa Bay at Chi White SoxPreview Game