Of the cool things that have happened this season with the AL Central-winning Cleveland Indians, this might rank just slightly behind winning 22 straight games. Pitchers Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco have spent the last few months of the season making the Indians’ “Mini Team” — baseball art that they say are basically caricatures of their teammates. Being the team whose fictional identity introduced us to Jobu, makes these pieces of baseball art even better.
Baltimore Orioles minor league pitcher Miguel Gonzalez died from injuries sustained Saturday in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic. "Our organization is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Miguel Gonzalez," executive vice president Dan Duquette said in a statement. "Miguel was beloved by his teammates and coaches in the Dominican Republic. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this very difficult time." Gonzalez had spent the last three seasons in the Dominican Summer League, appearing in 38 games (13 starts) and posting a 7.65 ERA. This is the second time one of the Orioles' players has died in a vehicle-related accident in the Dominican Republic in the past two
We're deep into the stretch drive of the 2017 season, and that means our focus is squarely on the various and sundry playoff races. Obviously, a glance at the standings page will give you an idea of where things stand when it comes to those coveted 10 postseason berths, but to peer a bit more deeply into these vital matters we'll turn to our compadres over at SportsLine (@SportsLine on Twitter). Over there, they cook up projections and playoff percentages for each team and tell you what each team's chances of winning the pennant and World Series are. It's partly based on results to date, of course, but how each team projects the rest of the way at the roster level also plays a big role. So