The Rundown: Not Buying Girardi Rumors, World Series Notes, Cubs-Brewers Rivalry Will Continue into Offseason

I don’t think Joe Girardi will be the next manager of the Cubs, despite industry speculation that says the former Cubs catcher is waiting on a potential opening. I do, however, think that he will be the next manager of the Cardinals. Let me explain.

The Cubs-Brewers rivalry is going to continue into the off season. The Brewers need to find a starting pitcher or two and the Cubs need to strengthen their bullpen. They’d make perfect trading partners if they weren’t such heated adversaries. Jose Quintana for Cory Knebel. That’s probably a trade that would work for both teams but it will never happen. Expect both front offices to look to free agency and trades with other teams to fortify any perceived weaknesses. They’ll fight for the division title and both will likely make the playoffs again next year. If you’re a baseball fan, you have to love what should be a 3-4 year clash of Central Division titans.

That brings me to the Cardinals. Mike Shildt replaced Mike Matheny as the Redbirds manager on July 14 with St. Louis limping into mediocrity with a 47-46 record. Under Shildt, the Cardinals played well above their heads, losing just five games in August before finishing the season as the middling team that got their original manager fired, missing the playoffs for the third straight season.

Stubby Clapp might have been a better choice to manage St. Louis, but the team felt he needed more seasoning. He may now end up leaving the organization to take one of the managerial positions that remains open. Meanwhile, Cardinals president John Mozeliak and his front office will navigate this winter as they normally do: They’ll inquire about the big names, they’ll make a shrewd trade or two that protects their minor league assets. Then they’ll finish the 2019 season struggling to play .500 baseball, missing the playoffs again and firing Shildt. Cardinals fans will lose their minds. Enter Joe Girardi.

What happens with Joe Maddon? Well, Brad Ausmus took the gig with the Angels so that’s not an option. The Cubs will either extend him some time next season or they’ll let him go and replace the laid-back leader with someone younger — maybe Brandon Hyde if he sticks with Chicago this season. It’s entirely possible Maddon could walk away from the Cubs after next season, too.

World Series News & Notes

Cubs News & Notes

Moshe Wilensky proposes a trade involving Addison Russel that would work for both teams involved. Good stuff.

The Cubs and the Yankees are apparently to blame for the less-than-stellar TV ratings so far during the MLB playoffs,

Minor league right-handed starter Michael Rucker could be a bullpen option for the Cubs in 2019.

Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel has taken a lot of crap for his “We’re not the Cubs” quote last March.

MLB News & Notes

Former Cubs and Cardinals assistant David Bell has been hired to manage the Reds and the Angels tabbed Ausmus to take the reigns in Los Angeles.

The Yankees and Giants match up well for a potential Madison Bumgarner blockbuster.

Despite losing Game 7 of the NLCS to the Dodgers, Brewers fans witnessed a special season of baseball in Milwaukee.

What’s next for the Brewers and the Astros after their elimination from the postseason?

In the world of baseball, money still has the loudest voice.

Extra Innings

If you’re a spoiled Yankees fan who is struggling with the fact that both the Dodgers and Red Sox are playing in the World Series, the New York Post offers some coping suggestions.

They Said It

  • “This is a team that doesn’t have ‘easy’ in the playbook. We like to do things the hard way. But it’s an extremely talented group, and one who’s really, extremely focused on winning four more games and winning a World Series championship.” – Andrew Friedman
  • “[Bumgarner] would become the most coveted trade target in baseball—maybe one of the most sought-after summer market pieces in baseball history—if the Giants ever auctioned him off, and he would probably glean at least two high-end prospects for an organization thin on minor-league talent.” – Buster Olney

Monday Walk Up Song

All Day All Night by Moon Taxi. The Dodgers and Red Sox will close the books on the 2018 season as they play for sport’s greatest championship series. Here’s hoping it goes seven games.

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