Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals! They will make their second trip in a row to the World Series. How will the Royals' small-ball scoring team with a massively badass bullpen match up the Mets' hot young pitching and Daniel Murphy, who is taking a brief break from career mediocrity to be really good at the right time? We'll find out.
Toronto fans, don't despair. You guys had a great season and have a lot to be proud of. Getting to the final four in baseball is a huge accomplishment. And loads of amazing postseason memories, as the Jays series were easily the wildest and most unpredictable. Signed, a sad-but-dealing-with-it Cub fan
Some MLB news tidbits on the recently eliminated:
-Don Mattlingly and the Los Angeles Dodgers have parted ways. Most people saw this coming. When the owners spring for the biggest payroll by a lot, they expect results. Results that go beyond 3 division titles. Multiple clubs are said to have an interest in Mattingly, most loudly the Miami Marlins, but the Washington Nationals have expressed interest as well.
-Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein said in a press conference that the priority for the Cubs re: offseason acquisitions is quality starting pitching, and he implied they'd do so in the free agent market. Names floated around the sports blogosphere for potential Cub starters include David Price, Jordan Zimmerman, Zack Greinke (plz come be a Cub), and Jeff Samardzija (NO) floated as possible names. Also a priority will be locking down a center fielder, since Dexter Fowler is going to be a free agent and I don't think the Cubs are THAT interested in a long term contract for him. Rumored names the Cubs are interested in for CF include free agent Jason Heyward.