Come Monday morning, folks tend not to scroll back too far into Sunday afternoon posts, but D.J. and Aaron weighed in on three pretty interesting stories that hit the wires before yesterday’s Yankees’ clincher:
The Indians name Manny Acta their next manager. Makes sense: he was the only candidate who can plausibly say that the Cleveland situation is an improvement over his last gig;
Tony La Russa agrees to come back to St. Louis, and he’s bringing in an intriguing name as his new hitting coach. Question: how can you improve guys’ hitting techniques if you never wanna talk about the past?; and
Three nights of bad judgment as a playa does for Steve Phillips what five years of bad judgment as an analyst couldn’t do: get him fired from ESPN.
I’ll probably have a bit more on McGwire later this morning, as that story is all kinds of interesting in my mind.
We know Clayton Kershaw will oppose Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the World Series. We now know the rest of the Dodgers’ rotation order, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. After Kershaw, it’ll be Rich Hill, then Yu Darvish, followed by Alex Wood.
No surprise, that’s the same order the Dodgers used in the NLCS against the Cubs. Dodger starters combined to post a 2.67 ERA with 31 strikeouts and four walks across 27 innings in the NLCS.
The Astros haven’t yet announced their rotation order, but we can safely assume Justin Verlander will follow Keuchel in Game 2.