The Orioles snatched the rubber game away from the Rays, scoring two in the 11th, capped by a Seth Smith walk-off walk. If you havent taken to calling 2017 Oriole, Seth Smith, Dad yet, you should try it on.
Terry Collins has been around long enough to know when his team is nearing a crossroads. With Thursday’s loss, the Mets have dropped six straight games and 10 out of their last 11 overall. When you combine them with the team’s previous injuries and new injury concerns for Noah Synergaard and Yoenis Cespedes, that’s when resignation, panic and even a reliance on excuses might begin.
On Sunday, Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes was ejected for throwing at Orioles third baseman Manny Machado‘s head. It was revenge for a slide of Machado’s which ended up injuring Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Barnes was suspended four games. Hall of Famer and former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez said that if he were in Barnes’ shoes, he would have also thrown at Machado, although not necessarily at his head. Via ESPN’s Scott Lauber: If I was pitching, I was going to drill Machado, as much as I love him. The only thing I would’ve done differently is probably bring the ball a little bit lower. Martinez added that Machado “did not intend to hurt Pedroia. And I know that because I know Machado.”