You might be surprised to learn that Tony La Russa had a bizarre complaint about something last night. OK, probably not.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that La Russa filed a complaint with umpire chief Gary Darling about some lighting issues around home plate at Miller Park. Apparently the Cardinals believed that the home plate area was darker when they were batting than it was for the Brewers.
And wouldn’t you know it, the Cardinals lost the game 6-2.
Anyway, the Brewers heard from the commissioner’s office and were given no edict to change anything with the lighting.
“It’s all been handled,” said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. “I really don’t have any comment on it.
“We didn’t change anything. There was no reason to change anything. What was brought up, nothing had to be changed.”
While this sounds like a baseless claim on the part of La Russa, Haudricourt writes that whispers of the Brewers “cheating” at Miller Park are nothing new. It’s only natural, since they are a major-league best 40-14 at home this season as opposed to 21-35 on the road.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers plan to tab ace Clayton Kershaw for Game 1 of the World Series. Nothing is set in stone yet ahead of Tuesday’s Game 1 of the World Series. In the event Kershaw can’t start Game 1, Rich Hill would start. Otherwise, Hill would start Game 4.
Kershaw, started Game 1 and Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers, then closed out Game 7 with a flawless inning. He was hit around to the tune of five runs (four earned) over three-plus innings in Game 1, but rebounded for seven innings of one-run ball in Game 5. He struck out two en route to sending the Dodgers to the World Series in the ninth inning of Game 7.
Kershaw also tossed eight shutout innings against the Braves in Game 2 of the NLDS. Overall, he has a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings this postseason. There was no doubt who would be the Dodgers’ first choice to start Game 1, but it’s a relatively recent situation where the ace of a team also closed out the final game of the previous series.
Hill has put up a 2.61 ERA in 10 1/3 innings this postseason. While he doesn’t have Kershaw’s pedigree, the Dodgers would be confident having him lead off the series. Hill was excellent down the stretch last year, helping the Dodgers reach Game 7 of the World Series against the Astros.
The Red Sox plan to start Chris Sale in Game 1 now that he’s recovered from a brief stint in the hospital due to a stomach ailment. The lefty has a 3.48 in 10 1/3 innings in the playoffs this year. He’s among a handful of candidates for the AL Cy Young award after posting a 2.11 ERA in the regular season, but his lack of innings (158) may hurt him.