Giants rolling with Madison Bumgarner, Jake Peavy in first two games of World Series

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The Royals announced that they’re going with James Shields and Yordano Ventura in Games 1 and 2 of the World Series, respectively. Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News reports that the Giants are countering with Madison Bumgarner and Jake Peavy.

It’s certainly no surprise. Both pitchers have been excellent in Giants uniforms this season, including in the playoffs. In four post-season starts spanning 31 2/3 innings, Bumgarner has a 1.42 ERA with a 28/5 K/BB ratio. The lefty started Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cardinals in which his club punched their ticket to the World Series, but did not factor into the decision. Peavy, in two October starts, has allowed two runs with a 5/6 K/BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings.

The World Series begins on Tuesday night and will be broadcast on FOX. The first two games will be held at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Pavlovic added that manager Bruce Bochy announced starters Tim Hudson and Ryan Vogelsong for Games 3 and 4 of the World Series, respectively. Tim Lincecum is on the roster and can contribute out of the bullpen, as will Yusmeiro Petit.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.