World Series Reset: Can the Giants even things up?


source: AP

The Game: World Series Game 4. Kansas City Royals lead San Francisco Giants 2-1
The Time: 8:07 PM Eastern
The Place: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
The Channel: Fox
The Starters: Jason Vargas vs. Ryan Vogelsong
The Upshot: After losing Game 1, the Royals have responded with two straight victories to grab a lead in the series. Can the Giants answer? That’s the big question going into Game 4. While there was some speculation about Madison Bumgarner potentially getting the start on short rest, Giants manager Bruce Bochy will stick with Ryan Vogelsong for the assignment. But you can bet that we’ll see Yusmiero Petit at some point. He has thrown nine scoreless innings this postseason, including six in the 18-inning game against the Nationals during the NLDS and three in relief of Vogelsong during the NLCS. You could make the case that he’s a better option to start, so the leash will likely be short if Vogelsong is shaky early. As for the Royals, they’ll go with Vargas, who has gone 10 days since his last start. He has gotten into the sixth inning with a lead in each of his two postseason starts and Ned Yost would be thrilled to see it happen again. Kelvin Herrera has thrown 59 pitches over the past three days, so it will be interesting to see whether he’ll be available again tonight. Even if he is, one wonders how effective he’ll be. If the Royals make it three straight, they could wrap up the series tomorrow night.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.