Madden: Yankees, Mets star in MLB’s wild season
The Blue Jays’ late stumbling, especially the two out of three home defeats to the Yankees, was just as costly on a case-by-case basis. The MVP debate between Shohei Ohtani and Vladimir Guerrero was pretty much put to rest when Guerrero was mostly invisible when the Jays needed him the most, going 3 for 30 with no homer and two RBI from Sept 23rd to Sept 30th. 30. And Thursday evening if Robbie Ray had a chance to lock the AL Cy Young Award, the Yankees beating him for four homers and five runs in 5 1/3 innings. Ray, who leads the league in ERA and strikeouts, will likely still win it, but his pratfall against the Yankees, the Jays biggest game of the year, will lead Cy Young voters to pick the Houstons Lance McCullers Jr., Lance Lynn of the White Sox and even Seattle Chris Flexenwho quietly accumulated the second most wins in the AL Gerrit Cole and the seventh lowest ERA. We only mention Flexen because he was let off steam by the Mets three years ago without ever getting a big chance. … last week after Ray’s owner received a lot of criticism from fans Stu Sternberg withdrew from a plan to post a sign on the outfield wall of Tropicana Field during the postseason to promote its “sister city” plan to split the home games between Tampa and Montreal. “I made a mistake,” said Sternberg, “and we have to focus on the game on the field.” Despite the support of the Commissioner Rob Manfred, It’s hard to imagine how Sternberg will convince two different cities to only build new stadiums for him for half the season – and also get the Players Association approval for a plan that obliges players to uproot their families right in the middle of it Season to travel to another country and all related tax implications.