Yankees take Game Five
After dropping the first two games of the series, the Yankees went back to New York and took care of business in the next two games, tying up the series as they headed into Wednesday’s pivotal Game Five. Despite the Yankees having some momentum, Houston appeared to be in a good spot needing to win two games and having a turn each from Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander. Well, so much for that. Masahiro Tanaka started opposite of Keuchel on Wednesday and utterly dominated Houston’s offense while the Yankees were able to do more than enough against Keuchel. Just like that, the Yankees have a 3-2 lead and are one win away from a World Series berth. Everything is bad.
Cubs stay alive in Game Four
The Dodgers had a chance to complete a sweep of the Cubs on Wednesday night and get some signficant rest heading into the World Series, but it didn’t quite work out. Chicago, despite losing their manager late in the game when Joe Maddon was ejected arguing a strikeout reversal, got the victory behind a great performance from Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis. The offense, meanwhile, just had three big swings on the day, but the three solo home runs were enough to push them to a 3-2 win and allow them to fight on and play again on Thursday.
Twins to decline Glen Perkins’ option
This didn’t make many waves around the baseball world on Wednesday, and nor should it have. Perkins, while once a very good closer in this league, hasn’t done much in recent years due to injury after injury. He did come back this year, though, but didn’t do enough for Minnesota to commit to keeping him around. They have informed the lefty they will decline his option. The reason I bring this up is because, depending on his market, he could be an intriguing target for Boston this winter. The Red Sox could use some bullpen help, and specifically from the left side. I certainly wouldn’t advocate Perkins being anything close to the top option, but he has shown his potential in the past and could be an intriguing buy-low option if the price is right.