Royals manager Ned Yost announced to the media Tuesday in Kansas City — a few hours prior to Game 6 of the World Series — that Jeremy Guthrie will get the nod if his club is able to force a Game 7.
Guthrie was solid over five-plus innings in Game 3 last Friday in San Francisco and owns a 2.70 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over 10 total innings this postseason. It’s his turn in the original four-man rotation that the Royals announced before the Fall Classic began and Yost is not going to change things up now.
The Giants are planning to start Tim Hudson in Game 7 if Jake Peavy and the boys aren’t able to close it out Tuesday night. Madison Bumgarner will be lurking as an emergency option out of the bullpen.
Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.
Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”
Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.