The Yankees and Cubs broke the MLB record for combined strikeouts with 48 Sunday night in an 18-inning marathon New York won, 5-4, at Wrigley Field.
The game — the longest this season in terms of innings and time (6 hours, 5 minutes) — saw the Cubs strike out 27 times and the Yankees strike out 21 times. The MLB record was broken in the 17th inning when Yankees catcher Austin Romine became the game’s 44th strikeout, with Cubs reliever Pedro Strop on the mound.
That broke the previous record of 43 strikeouts in a 20-inning game between the Angels and A’s in 1971. The two teams added four more K’s before it was over.
Dumping him and his contract are now going to be a headache. But now it’s the Browns’ headache.
It was going to be a chore. It’s hard enough to imagine who would find it to their benefit to have him and his albatross of a guaranteed salary on their roster and, presumably, in their quarterback competition. To be fair, of course, Nick Foles just got a job Monday morning. The pickings at the most important position in the game remain inconceivably slim.
But Osweiler has to be in less demand today than he was before that report came out. Where the Browns are now — reportedly eager to trade him, but ready to cut him if they have to — is where the Texans might be today if word of that fight (if that’s what it was, and O’Brien Design Cheap Jerseys still says it wasn’t) had gotten out.
As a bonus, O’Brien’s authority as head coach is strengthened. Everybody denies that his job was ever in jeopardy at the end of last season, and whether it was or not, he stayed and the quarterback with whom he clashed is gone. Now, there’s room for a replacement who suits him better, who he’s more on board with (it was speculated almost immediately that Osweiler was not O’Brien’s preference), and who will be the final piece to the Texans’ Super Bowl contention puzzle.