A look at what’s happening around the Major on Monday:
Every year, the day after the regular season can be difficult for managers whose teams didn’t perform so well. It may not be any different this time as some clubs start looking at their future.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler’s team was considered a World Series contender on day one and looked to be in good shape at 67–49 in mid-August. San Diego was still 10 games over .500 at the beginning of September, but lost 18 of its last 22 and finished 79–83.
Mets manager Luis Rojas, like Tingler, was in his second season and looking good for most of the year. New York led the NL East for three months, but fell back in mid-August and injured 77–85.
At times, pitching coaches and hitting coaches also find themselves in search of new spots after Manic Monday.
More than a few people are bound to look up to the Green Monster and be reminded that the Yankees and Red Sox work on Tuesday night in preparation for their AL wild-card matchup.
Fenway Park was where Bucky Dent’s flyball went over the wall for a decisive drive in the famous 1978 one-game AL East playoffs between longtime rivals.
This time, New York ace Gerrit Cole (16-8, 3.23 ERA) will start against former Yankees Nathan Iovaldi (11-9, 3.75).
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The Dodgers will see how first baseman Max Muncie is feeling, a day after he was ruled out of the season finale with an injured left elbow.
Manager Dave Roberts says it is “very unlikely” that the Sluggers will play a NL wild-card game against St. Louis on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. Tests were “fuzzy”, with Roberts saying, “I don’t want to count Max.”
Muncie scored 36 home runs with 94 RBIs for the 106-win Dodgers this year. Milwaukee’s Jess Peterson was injured when he threw and reached first base as soon as the throw came. Peterson ran into Muncie’s arm and was called in to intervene.
Albert Pujols occupied first base after Muncie left.
Boston Red Sox slugger JD Martinez’s condition for the AL wild-card game against the Yankees is uncertain after he sprained his left ankle for his position on Sunday.
Martinez, usually a designated hitter, stumbled on a base while moving into right field between innings and was eliminated in Boston’s 7–5 win over Washington in the finale of the regular season.
“He stepped on the bag and sprained the ankle,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora.
Martinez is an important part of Boston’s lineup. He batted .286 this season with 28 homers and 99 RBIs, with 42 doubles to tie for the major league lead.
“We’ll know more later,” Cora said.
The Yankees will be minus All-Star infielder DJ Lemahieu for the AL wild-card game, putting him on a 10-day injured list with a sports hernia.
New York also moved slugger Luke Voight to a 60-day injury list, ending the 2020 home run champions’ season.
Meanwhile, infielder Gio Ursella had an apparent lameness after taking a sensational catch in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Tampa Bay that put the Yankees in the playoffs. Ursella covered 126 feet after a popup from Austin Meadows from a shifted formation in the sixth inning, caught the ball a stride before reaching the top step of Ray’s dugout, then a blank at full speed off the warning track. But jumped. Desk.
About a minute later, Ursella emerged and ran back to the Yankees bench. He was replaced in the ninth.
Manager Aaron Boone said there had been no structural damage, but they would be reevaluated before determining the future availability of the Ursella.
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