Adam Dunn hits a homer off a lefty

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Not normally a big deal to note lefty-on-lefty violence, but it is notable in Adam Dunn’s case. His first inning homer off Drew Smyly was his first homer off a lefty since August 2010.  For his career he has 96 homers off lefties and an OPS of .782 compared to 281 homers and a .922 OPS against righties.  That’s a decent platoon split but not SO obnoxious that it predicted a year and a half drought off of lefties.

But then again, Dunn is coming off an insanely bad year. Look no further than the fact that the homer off Smyly was his 12th of the year.  He had 11 in all of 2011.

He’s at .250/.390/.613, which are better numbers than the career averages between 2001 and 2010 (.250/.381/.521) which earned him that giant contract with the Sox.

Dodgers announce World Series rotation order

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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.