According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe the Mets will interview hitting coach Kevin Long, who was fired by the Yankees earlier this month after eight seasons on the job.
Long was the Yankees’ hitting coach from 2007-2014 and during that time they scored the second-most runs in baseball, but aging and injuries turned the lineup into one of the league’s worst for the past two seasons and he took the fall.
Dave Hudgens was fired as the Mets’ hitting coach in the middle of the season and his replacement, Lamar Johnson, was let go after the season. Hudgens has since found a new home as the Astros’ hitting coach.
After pitching terribly for the Astros and Rangers to begin the season journeyman right-hander Jerome Williams was claimed off waivers by the Phillies and started nine games with a 2.83 ERA for Philadelphia.
That was apparently enough to convince general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. that he was worth keeping around for 2015, as the Phillies have signed Williams to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with another $1.5 million in potential incentives.
Williams has pitched for seven different MLB teams in nine seasons, posting a combined 4.40 ERA in 891 career innings. That includes ERAs of 4.58, 4.57, and 4.77 during the past three years and just once since 2004 has he posted an ERA below 4.00. At age 33 he’s strictly a back-of-the-rotation starter.
Making official what was expected, manager Ned Yost announced the Royals’ rotation for the World Series.
Game 1: James Shields
Game 2: Yordano Ventura
Game 3: Jeremy Guthrie
Game 4: Jason Vargas
That’s the same alignment the Royals used in the ALCS, when they swept the Orioles in four games.
Royals starters have a 3.80 ERA this postseason, but Shields has allowed 10 runs in three starts compared to the other three pitchers allowing a combined nine runs in five starts.
Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the World Series, in Kansas City:
CF Gregor Blanco
2B Joe Panik
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
DH Michael Morse
LF Travis Ishikawa
SS Brandon Crawford
SP Madison Bumgarner
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Giants manager Bruce Bochy is sticking with career first baseman Travis Ishikawa in left field while using longtime outfielder Michael Morse at designated hitter. Morse was one of the Giants’ best hitters during the regular season before being limited by an oblique injury, so his addition could prove big.
SS Alcides Escobar
RF Norichika Aoki
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Billy Butler
LF Alex Gordon
C Salvador Perez
2B Omar Infante
3B Mike Moustakas
SP James Shields
Standard lineup for manager Ned Yost and the Royals, who’ve yet to make a change during the playoffs. They’ve also yet to lose, of course. James Shields starts after passing a kidney stone during the ALCS.
Shoulder problems limited Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer to just five innings in the minors this season and now the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 draft has re-injured his shoulder trying to make up for those lost innings in the Arizona Fall League.
Jackson Alexander of MLB.com reports that Zimmer exited his Saturday start after just one inning, with assistant general manager J.J. Picollo explaining that “he had some soreness in his shoulder and rather than let him pitch through it we just took him out of the game.”
Picollo added that “more than likely” Zimmer will be shut down for the remainder of the Arizona Fall League, which is a tough break because he’d just racked up 11 strikeouts in five innings during a previous start.
Zimmer came into this season as a top-25 prospect according to Baseball America and MLB.com.