Entering the final day of the season, there were still three races with one-game playoff potential.
- Unfortunately, none of those scenarios came to pass, as Detroit clinched the AL Central, Pittsburgh lost (clinching the NL Central for St. Louis), and Oakland beat Texas, finally eliminating Seattle.
In that Pittsburgh-Cincinnati game, it was 1-1 when Jason Bourgeois led off the 8th with a triple. After a lineout, Johnny Cueto’s spot came up. With Cueto sitting on 19 wins and the Reds already out of it, he was allowed to hit for himself.
- He singled in the go-ahead run.
– Cueto becomes the first Reds pitcher to win 20 games since Danny Jackson in 1988.
Congratulations to Jordan Zimmermann on his no-hitter.
- This is the second year in a row with a no-hitter on the final game of the season. Henderson Alvarez did it last year against Detroit.
– The pitcher opposing Zimmermann today? Henderson Alvarez.
The Royals finished the season with 95 home runs – as a team.
- That’s the third-lowest team total since 1996, and the lowest from any AL team.
– They are the first AL team not to hit at least 100 home runs in a full season since 1992. Even in shortened 1994, there was only one AL team that didn’t hit 100 home runs (and that team, the Brewers, hit 99 home runs in 115 games).
— Again, this team is going to the playoffs.
Joe Nathan managed to record 35 saves despite a 4.81 ERA.
- That’s the 5th highest ERA for anyone to reach that milestone.
– It’s not even close to the record though–in 2004, Shawn Chacon saved 35 games with a 7.11 ERA.
Derek Jeter was removed from today’s Yankees/Red Sox game in the third inning after an infield single. Again, congratulations to Derek on a remarkable career.
- However, this information is mostly notable here on YCPB for his replacement: Brian McCann. Which means Brian McCann was pinch-running for someone.
Bobby Abreu ended his chronically underrated major league career today, too. He got his last hit as well, a hit as a Met against the Astros. His first MLB hit in 1996 was for the Astros, against the Mets.
- His manager was Terry Collins back then, too.
We wanted to take this space to thank all of you for following along with us this in this season of unpredictability. Stick around for the postseason and offseason, featuring a review of our bold predictions, plus thoughts on the World Series and Hall of Fame nominees. And remember – sometimes, the Royals make the playoffs.