There really isn't a lot of news today that you haven't already heard. The Cubs trail the Mets two games to none. The Blue Jays trail the Royals two games to none. You all know that already. I don't feel like bringing you a bunch of clichés about playing them one game at a time and how it's good to be going back home for both teams.
- Jason Gay wants us to stop comparing football ratings to baseball ratings because what's the point?
- Craig Calcaterra would like to see fans stop complaining about "media bias" and that it just reflects poorly on those complaining. However, he does admit he's biased.
- Billy Witz examines the unintended consequences that instant replay is having on baseball and in particular the changes to tag plays.
- Which remaining playoff team has the best celebrity fans? I'd like to say the Cubs, but then I remember all the celebrity Cubs fans who embarrass the heck out of me. But then there is Bill Murray, and that makes it all OK.
- Ken Rosenthal writes that the Royals comeback in game two shows that they're both lucky and good. A powerful combination.
- Jose Bautista responds to the flap about his bat flip and says that baseball culture would be better if everyone had a more open mind.
- George Brett and Buck Martinez recall the 1985 ALCS between the Royals and the Blue Jays.
- The Mets put a big (fake) bandage on the (fake) apple that Travis d'Arnaud hit with his home run.
- The Cubs have been tortured by Daniel Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes so far in the NLCS. Jon Heyman writes that most people in baseball expect that neither one will be with the Mets next season. That's too late, Jon.
- Steve Hoffstetter writes that Terry Collins is set to be the Mets manager for quite a while now.
- Zack Greinke will opt out of his contract and become a free agent. There's a good chance he sticks with the Dodgers though.
- Rob Neyer thinks Don Mattingly is a pretty average manager, so the Dodgers need to decide whether or not to fire him for that.
- The Yankees fired hitting coach Jeff Pentland. Pentland is, of course, a former Cubs hitting coach, among other teams.
- Tim Kurkjian recalls Albert Pujols' tremendous home run in the 2005 NLCS off of Brad Lidge and how the Astros were able to laugh it off. (VIDEO)
- The Indians lost a football bet with the Rockies, so they had to put the Rockies mascot on their Twitter account.
- And finally, Alex Rodriguez went to work for Fox Sports and their coverage of the playoffs. The first day, he threw a football and broke a TV. I hope he can afford to replace that.
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. It better be.