Andrew McCutchen exited today’s game against the Cubs after being plunked on the left hand by a Ryan Dempster pitch.
The good news is that doctors examined the injury and found no fractures, so he’s been diagnosed with a bone bruise.
The bad news is that he’s all but ruled out for tomorrow’s game and may end up sitting Sunday as well.
McCutchen has started 132 of the Pirates’ 138 games in center field and Alex Presley shifted from left field to center field to replace him today.
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.