There were Rays footprints all over game seven of the Cubs’ World Series.
- Joe Maddon’s decisions loomed large, with his questionable decision to pitch Chapman in game six with a five run lead, and then to even keep him in there momentarily with a seven run lead. For what it’s worth, I thought Chapman actually looked okay before giving up the tying run. He threw some hard fastballs in some fine locations, and the Indians just did a fantastic job to stay alive against them and then hit what they could hit.
- Brandon Guyer was a big part of that good hitting, lining an RBI double the other way off Chapman. Guyer also took a walk and then scored in the tenth inning to tighten the game.
- Ben Zobrist only got one hit, but it was the game-winning double in the top of the tenth. He was named World Series MVP for the second straight year.
- Javier Baez, who had two errors and who bunted foul with two outs, but who did get one big hit in the game, continues to not be a Ray.
- Mike Montgomery threw two pitches and got the save.
Have a picture:
I happened to think the Rays get to bask in the Cubs’ glow now, but it seems like most of y’all commenters are unsentimental folk.
- Mark Topkin was there and has a story with quotes.
- Tony Blengino writes that the legacy of the 2016 postseason is sabermetrics driving reliever usage.
- Jeff Sullivan focuses on Albert Almora’s pinch-running baserunning.
- Nothing to do with the World Series, but a good article on baseball in Taiwan.
- Cult figure Matt Stairs will be the Phillies hitting coach.
- In an Ask Baseball America article about rising velocity in the majors and high-velocity pitchers in the minors, they’ve put together a list of who’s been reliably reported to have touched 100 mph. There are three Rays on that list: Diego Castillo, Jose Alvarado, and Ryne Stanek.
Let’s try one that maybe you haven’t heard. Before this year, when was the last time the Cubs won the World Series?