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Baseball Daily Dose

Dose: Cubs Even World Series

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The Cubs cruised to a 5-1 win over the Indians on Wednesday to even up the World Series at one game apiece.

 

While this one wasn’t quite a rout, the Indians just couldn’t put many threats together after going down 1-0 in the first and 5-0 after five. Jake Arrieta kept the Indians hitless into the sixth. The Tribe’s best chance to make a game of it came in the seventh, when Brandon Guyer and Roberto Perez reached ahead of Carlos Santana with two outs. However, Mike Montgomery was able to strike out Santana to end the threat.

 

Ben Zobrist tripled in a run for the Cubs, and designated hitter Kyle Schwarber drove in two in what it likely to be his final start of the week. Anthony Rizzo reached three times and scored twice.

 

The series heads to Wrigley on Friday, with Josh Tomlin and Kyle Hendricks due to start.

 

Ortiz, Bryant win Hank Aaron Awards

 

The Red Sox’s David Ortiz and the Cubs’ Kris Bryant were selected as 2016 Hank Aaron Award winners by a media and fan vote. The award is given to the top hitter in each league.

 

It’s the second time the retiring Ortiz has won the award and it comes 11 years after he was first honored. He joins Alex Rodriguez (four times), Barry Bonds (three times), Manny Ramirez, Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera and Jose Bautista with multiple awards since it was established in 1999. Ortiz led the AL with 48 doubles, 127 RBI, a .620 slugging percentage and a 1.021 OPS this season.

 

While Ortiz has a good case as his league’s best hitter (Mike Trout does as well), Bryant’s status as the top in the NL is on shakier ground. He led in only one category, that being runs scored. He finished ninth in OBP, fourth in slugging, fourth in OPS and fourth in OPS+.  Joey Votto led the NL in OBP and OPS+, while Daniel Murphy topped the circuit in slugging and OPS. Factoring in defense, Bryant was the NL’s best player. Still, this award isn’t supposed to account for that.

 

Cespedes likely to become free agent

 

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported that Yoenis Cespedes will exercise his opt-out clause following the World Series.

 

The long-expected move will put Cespedes back on the market one year after signing a three-year, $75 million pact with the Mets. Cespedes was hoping for a five- or six-year deal last winter, but didn’t find it in a crowded outfield market that also included Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Alex Gordon. This year’s market is weaker and Cespedes had another fine year, so Cespedes should be able to better his scheduled $23.75 million salaries for 2017 and 2018.

 

Quick hits: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s LaVelle E. Neal and the Dallas Morning News’s Evan Grant both heard that the Twins were moving close to hiring the Rangers’ Thad Levine to become their new general manager. Levine has been a Rangers’ assistant GM for 11 years and has interviewed for several GM positions during that time. … Rather than wait to non-tender him in December, the Rangers sent ex-closer Shawn Tolleson outright to Triple-A Round Rock. He’ll surely opt for free agency. … The A’s claimed lefty reliever Giovanni Soto off waivers from the Cubs. Soto was bumped from the Cubs’ 40-man roster to open up a spot for the returning Schwarber.

Matthew Pouliot
Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.