Big League Stew
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew16 mins ago
Major League Baseball envisioned an exciting final day of the regular season when it scheduled all the Game 162s to start at the same time. That exciting final day is here. And we've got a live blog so you can follow all the meaningful action from baseball's final day.
If you missed our rundown of what still needs to be decided, eight teams have something to play for (more on that below). You ready for a fun few hours, baseball fans? Strap in and keep this live blog going as your MLB second-screen experience. Opinions from our experts will be featured here, plus beat reporters for all eight teams with something on the line Sunday.Sun, 4 Oct3:10 PM EDTHouston at ArizonaPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
On Thursday, Chicago Cubs rookie sensation Kris Bryant donned the attire of Princess Elsa, a character from the Disney hit "Frozen." That was part of Chicago's rookie hazing, which saw players dressing as several different movie princesses.
Now we've learned why Bryant looked so comfortable and confident portraying his character. He appears to know the movie quite well, and at one point even recorded a duet from the movie with his longtime girlfriend Jessica Delp.
We simply don't have enough roses to toss Bryant's way.
We're impressed by how much he appears to embrace his performance. The lip-synching is spot on, as are the facial expressions. He's telling us if he's going to do this, he's going to do it to the best of his ability.
Two thumbs way up for the passion and the performance. And then one big cap tip for allowing his girlfriend to post this on the internet. It's one thing to appease the significant other. It's quite another to allow that to be consumed and critiqued by the masses.Sun, 4 Oct3:10 PM EDTChi Cubs at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
The final day of the baseball regular season has arrived, but there's no time to be sad. There's still plenty left to be settled, and it's all coming your way in one action-packed afternoon.
Remember, every game — except for the Cardinals-Braves doubleheader — is scheduled to begin at 3:10 ET. That means no team involved in a playoff scenario can scoreboard watch from the clubhouse or slack off once their spot is clinched. They all have to play like this one game matters, because in all likelihood it will.
With that said, here's a quick look at whose postseason fate hangs in the balance on Sunday.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.
The wild, wild AL West added yet another layer of wildness on Saturday.
With the Angels miraculous come-from-behind win in Texas, and the Astros 6-2 win in Arizona, the AL West and second wild card spot remain up for grabs on Sunday and could potentially spill into Monday.
Focusing on the Astros, they moved to within one game of Texas in the AL West while also holding a one-game edge over the Angels for the wild card. That basically means they're guaranteed to play again after Sunday, whether it be in a division tiebreaker game, a wild card tiebreaker or the wild card play-in itself.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Lost in the craziness that played out during the Angels wild come-from-behind 11-10 win in Texas is the even crazier story of Jo-Jo Reyes.
The 30-year-old left-hander, who started this season in the Mexican League, thought his season was over when the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees' season ended on Sept. 7. He could not have been more wrong. On Saturday, he was on a major league hill pitching for the Angels with their season potentially on the line, and miraculously walked away the winner despite throwing only one pitch.
We told you this was wild.
Reyes was only added to the Angels roster on Wednesday after the team lost closer Huston Street and starter Matt Shoemaker to injury. He had not pitched in MLB since the 2011 season after struggling to live up to his potential. Obviously, he had not pitched in any type of game in 27 days. It wasn't anticipated he'd pitch for the Angels, either, unless an emergency situation popped up.
Then Saturday happened. After starter Hector Santiago lasted just four innings and Mike Scioscia ran through six different relievers, Reyes was about the only option he had left in the eighth inning.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
The incredible Max Scherzer has done it again.
For the second time this season, the Washington Nationals' right-hander flirted with perfection and ultimately tossed a no-hitter, this time thoroughly dominating the New York Mets in a 2-0 win at Citi Field.
In his previous no-hitter against the Pirates on June 20, Scherzer was one pitch from perfection, but ended up hitting Pittsburgh's Jose Tabata with a pitch. This time around, he was perfect into the sixth, losing his bid when third baseman Yunel Escobar short-armed a throw to first base for an error.
Two minor blips are all that separate Scherzer from becoming just the 24th pitcher in MLB history to complete a perfect nine-inning game. He also easily could have been the first pitcher ever with multiple perfectos. Instead, he'll settle on becoming the sixth pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the same season, which is elite territory in its own right.
The others on that list are Johnny Vander Meer (1938), Allie Reynolds (1951), Virgil Trucks (1952) and Nolan Ryan (1973). Roy Halladay gets special mention because his second no-hitter in 2010 came during the postseason.Sun, 4 Oct3:10 PM EDTWashington at NY MetsPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Baseball legend Rusty Staub is recovering in an Ireland hospital after suffering a heart attack on a flight back to New York this week.
According to multiple reports, Staub was traveling back on Monday when the incident occurred. Two doctors on board were able to revive Staub and keep him stable until the plane could return to Ireland. Staub was taken into emergency surgery and is now recovering, but many of his friends and fans have been working to get Staub back home so his recovery can continue at home.
According to the New York Daily News, a man named Stephen Marro, who says he’s a friend of the Staub family started a GoFundMe page with the goal to raise the $60,000 for a medical plane to bring Staub home. As of this writing, the campaign was closing in on $4,000.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
It was a tale of two baseball teams with two completely different mindsets entering the ninth inning at Globe Life Park.
On one side, the Los Angeles Angels' season was hanging by a thread after they'd blown a four-run lead and entered the final frame now trailing by four runs themselves. On the other side, the Texas Rangers readied for a celebration, needing just three outs to clinch the AL West title.
Amazingly, by the time that decisive ninth inning ended, the scripts had completely flipped. It was the Angels celebrating their new found hope after rallying to win 11-10. And it was the Rangers who were now dejected, realizing their grip on the division title wasn't as strong as it appeared.
There are two sides to the story, but this is a case where both sides tell the complete truth. The Angels took this game away from the Rangers, but the Rangers also did everything in their power to give it away.Sun, 4 Oct3:05 PM EDTLA Angels at TexasPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Well, this probably isn't what the person manning the Texas Rangers Twitter account meant to have happen.
As the Rangers were attempting to clinch the AL West title against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday afternoon, a tweet was sent out seemingly calling for the firing of Texas football coach Charlie Strong.
Or at least that's how many fans took the tweet.
Not surprisingly, the original tweet was almost immediately deleted, but not before several people were able to screencap it and repost it.
Nothing — and we do mean nothing — gets by the internet.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
We know it's coming every year. When the final week of the season arrives, MLB teams engage in their rookie hazing rituals.
Often times, these rituals include having rookies and sometimes even second-year players dress up in themed costumes. The Los Angeles Dodgers, for example, had their young players dressed up as legendary professional wrestlers.
It's an often unusual rite of passion into the major leagues. It's seemingly done with no ill-intent other than to perhaps embarrass the players. However, TMZ Sports is reporting that powerful LGBT advocacy group Athlete Ally believes the ritual goes too far when it forces rookies to cross-dress, citing that it sends a dangerous message to kids.
Here's what Athlete Ally head Hudson Taylor told TMZ.Sun, 4 Oct3:10 PM EDTSan Diego at LA DodgersPreview Game