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


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.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger,’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.