World Baseball Classic will have lower pitch limits this year

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Pitch limits have always been part of the World Baseball Classic, but Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the WBC is decreasing the number of pitches allowed compared to the last tournament.

According to Morosi the new pitch limits are 65 in the first round, 80 in the second round, and 95 in the semi-finals and finals. During the last tournament those limits were 70, 85, and 100, respectively, so basically everyone is now allowed to throw five fewer pitches per outing.

Obviously a drop of five pitches isn’t a big deal and most pitchers participating in the WBC won’t be approaching those limits anyway, but no doubt the minor decrease was at MLB teams’ request.

WBC rosters for all countries will be officially announced Thursday.

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.