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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew36 mins ago
The New York Mets are postseason bound.
With Saturday’s 5-3 win against the Phillies, the Mets have officially locked themselves in as the National League’s top wild card team. Now they’ll wait for a resolution between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals to find out which team they’ll host in Wednesday’s wild-card game.
What a ride it’s been just for the Mets just to get here. Over the last six months and 161 games, they have experienced their share of highs, such as Saturday’s dramatic clincher. Mid-season acquisition James Loney, who many had written off, provided the decisive blow with a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
After clinching their first AL Central championship since 2007, the Cleveland Indians still find themselves in an interesting position this final weekend.
On one hand, the Indians still have an outside chance to clinch home field for their ALDS against the Boston Red Sox. So they still need wins. On the other hand, they just need to get to the playoffs without suffering another potentially damaging injury. Otherwise, home field and everything else they’ve accomplished could be rendered meaningless.LiveCleveland1 - 0Kansas CityFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
The New York Mets can clinch a wild-card spot with a win or a St. Louis Cardinals loss on Saturday afternoon. Before any potential celebrating can commence though, the team put its rookies through the paces with an “A League of their Own” inspired dress up for the bus ride to Citizens Bank Park.
— New York Mets (@Mets) October 1, 2016
That’s right, if you saw what appeared to be a member of the Rockford Peaches or Racine Belles in Philadelphia on Saturday morning, chances are that person was a Mets rookie.
From left-to-right we have: An unidentified member of the Mets staff, Brandon Nimmo, T.J. Rivera, Ty Kelly, Josh Smoker, Matt Reynolds, Robert Gsellman, Gavin Cecchini and Seth Lugo.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
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 weekend in Boston belongs to David Ortiz, and the man affectionately known as “Big Papi” embraced that like only he can with a dramatic go-ahead home run in the Red Sox 5-3 win against the Blue Jays.
Honored before for the game for his off-the-field contributions to the community, Ortiz shined on it by wrapping a Brett Cecil pitch just inside Pesky Pole in right field. The home run broke a tie 3-3, and drove Fenway Park into a frenzy as they celebrated the latest awesome moment in a career filled with too many awesome moments to count.Sat, 1 Oct7:10 PM EDTToronto at BostonPreview Game
- Big League Stew at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
A truly bizarre scene played out during Friday’s Dodgers-Giants game in San Francisco as a pair of fans carrying flowers ran on the field. It appeared the fans wanted to give the flowers to several Giants players, most notably Angel Pagan and Buster Posey. However, neither was having it and instead helped security by bringing the fans down.
The scene played out with Los Angeles batting in the fourth inning. The two fans got by security and hit the field, coming close to several players. One got too close to Pagan, who immediately grabbed him and slammed him to the ground with a WWE style suplex.
— X (@XavierEsWhy) October 1, 2016
After showing his perfect tackling form, Pagan then held the fan down until security could remove him and send him off to jail with his pal.LiveLA Dodgers0 - 0San FranciscoFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
The tragic death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has shaken the entire sports world to its core. That’s especially true in Miami, where Fernandez not only displayed his remarkable talents, but lit up the city with his child-like enthusiasm and infectious smile.
At only 24 years old, Fernandez leaves behind a legacy that touched and inspired so many people. That’s why the Miami community has banded together, led by other sports teams, to honor his memory.
The Miami Dolphins were the first, holding a moment of silence just hours after Fernandez’s tragic boating accident and moments before their home opener last Sunday. Now, the Miiami Hurricanes football has joined, announcing they will be wearing a special helmet sticker that reads “JF 16” for Fernandez during Saturday’s game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.LiveMiami0 - 1WashingtonFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is known for having his finger on the pulse of his players. That hasn’t been completely true this week though. In fact, Maddon has actually drawn criticism from within for resting regulars and using “spring training” like lineups after the team clinched the NL Central division and wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.
In particular, ace Jake Arrieta and catcher Miguel Montero weren’t thrilled with the lineups and some in-game changes that directly impacted them during Wednesday’s 8-4 loss in Pittsburgh. A game in which Arrieta struggled mightily, we should point out.
“It felt like a spring training game from the get-go,” Arrieta said following the game. “I wasn’t crisp. I didn’t have much working.”LiveChi Cubs0 - 3CincinnatiFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
The Washington Nationals season is pretty much sewn up. They’ve had the NL East clinched for a while now and in the season’s final days, they’re mostly trying to lock down the No. 2 spot in the NL postseason. There, they’ve got a two-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who they’ll face in the NLDS.
There’s another big storyline for the Nats this weekend, though, and that’s the health and productivity of star outfielder Bryce Harper, who hasn’t played since Sunday when he left the Nats’ game with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Harper hurt his thumb when Jung-ho Kang faked a tag at third base, making Harper slide awkwardly and hurt himself.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
Sorry, Pittsburgh Pirates, your World Series trophy is in another castle. And she’s trapped in the NL Central too!
The Pirates won’t make their fourth straight playoff trip this season, which has to be looked upon as a disappointment since many pundits thought they were capable of making a step forward this season. Instead, the Pirates saw their biggest star struggle and one of their biggest strengths hit a downturn. There were some positives to take from the Pirates season, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see them back in contention in 2017.
Like we’ll do with every eliminated team in our Game Over series, we’re about to examine what went wrong for the Pirates, what went right, what’s the best 2016 memory, what they need to fix and what the future might hold.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
Stop us if you’ve heard this before: The Red Sox look like serious World Series contenders just a year after finishing in last place in the AL East. Actually, wait, don’t stop us. You have heard that before. It just happened in 2013.
These Red Sox are a little different, though. Sure, David Ortiz is still there bashing homers, but he’s also playing in the final games of his career. Around him is a talented cast new and old — from free-agent signing David Price to second base stalwart Dustin Pedroia, and loads of young talent everywhere. Especially in the outfield where Mookie Betts has staken claim to being the next face of the franchise. And Rick Porcello, if you haven’t been paying attention, transformed into one of the AL’s best pitchers this season.