Earlier today the Rangers announced that Colby Lewis, not Derek Holland, will start Game 2 of the World Series and now the Cardinals have revealed that he’ll be matched up against Jaime Garcia.
Garcia started Game 3 of the NLDS and Game 1 of the NLCS, and the Cardinals prefer to pitch the 25-year-old left-hander at home whenever possible.
He’s allowed 10 runs in 15.2 innings this postseason, making it out of the fifth inning in just one of his three starts, but manager Tony La Russa gave Garcia a pretty quick hook in his last outing.
No word yet on who St. Louis will turn to after Chris Carpenter and Garcia in the rotation, but it figures to be Kyle Lohse and Edwin Jackson in some order.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: