Jose Urena gave up four runs in the first inning as the Marlins fell to the Rockies, desperately clinging to the last Wild Card spot. Urena would give up six total over five innings while Miami’s bats couldn’t get anything going against Tyler Anderson.
If you’re reading this, you know Monday was the anniversary of Jose Fernandez’s tragic passing. On a day of tributes, it seems fitting to remember the ultimate tribute Dee Gordon paid to his friend and teammate a year ago – the only home run the lanky leadoff hitter would hit in all of 2016.
There are only five games left this year, so it’s pretty logical that several Marlins won’t return to the field before it’s over. One of them, Wei-Yin Chen, is in question for next year as well.
Two final notes: the new ownership group could be approved within the week, and second place is of little importance to the team if it doesn’t mean a playoff berth.
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Pennant Fever! The Twins beat the Indians (which given how hot the Tribe has been is news in itself,) and reduced their magic number to one. The Cardinals staved off elimination from the NL Central race with a win over the Cubs. The Dodgers locked up home-field advantage through the NLCS.
In the personal arena, Andrew McCutchen hit his first career grand slam. Chris Sale probably lost himself the Cy Young and along with Aaron Hicks and this sick catch kept the Yankees in the race for the AL East. Bryce Harper returned from a six-week absence just in time to tune up for the playoffs.