Braves outfielder B.J. Upton is 3-for-21 with 11 strikeouts this season, but he went 2-for-5 with a double on Saturday night against the Nationals and also unleashed this perfect throw from center field to cut down Jose Lobaton at home plate in the bottom of the fifth inning …
The Braves wound up winning the game 6-2. By the way, MLB really needs to conduct an open discussion about that new blocking-the-plate rule. It’s clear by now that no one fully understands it.
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.