Last night, while the headlines were made by Toronto’s Dominican Bash Brothers, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, the game remained tied after nine because of Ezequiel Carrera’s fifth-inning RBI. Now Toronto will move on to Texas, with whom they had a memorable dust-up in May. There’s some animus there dating to last October’s Bautista bat-flipping, so it should be interesting.
Tonight in the Big Apple, while all eyes are on the pitching matchup between Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard, VZbaseball will be watching Mets’ Comeback Player of the Year candidate Asdrubal Cabrera (23 HR, .280). The Mets shut down injured Wilmer Flores last week, so his impact is unknown. The Giants have three part-time Venezuelan players, and in a one-game playoff who knows who we might see: will it be Miranda’s own Ehire Adrianza, a utility infielder wearing #1 who got into 40 games this season; could it be #66, road-seasoned Gorkys Hernandez of Guiria, who made a MLB comeback last year after playing in places like the Mexican League’s Tigres of Quintana RooTigres of Quintana Roo (the closest team to Cozumel and Cancun!); or could we see Gregor Blanco, The White Shark, patrol the outfield in Flushing? Hey, Gregor has his own blog-you gotta love that.