Yesterday Aaron passed along word that the Cubs were likely to sign reliever Bobby Howry. Today they did just that, reports Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.
To make room for Howry, the Cubs optioned Justin Berg to Iowa and designated David Patton for assignment. All you David Patton owners are probably blindsided by that, but I’m sure you’ll find some way to soldier on.
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.