Yasiel Puig has purchased a house. It costs more than you or I could ever afford, but it’s apparently pretty modest by rich professional athlete standards.
As Variety describes it, it’s a “micro mansion” in Sherman Oaks, California. A lot of beige with relatively middle-brow finishes and flourishes. Upscale, sure, but within the upscale world, pretty cookie cutter in a cookie cutter neighborhood. The sort of place that maybe an executive or an attorney might buy with a jumbo mortgage but which represents a pretty modest and low-profile investment for a star of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Not sure what to think about this. On the one hand I’m glad he didn’t buy something crazy, because you know damn well that would inspire some “what is Puig thinking/this guy is irresponsible” chatter from the people who like to chatter at him. But on the other hand I’m sort of sad that he didn’t get a “Rockford Files”-style trailer on a beach or, say, the Chemosphere House.
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.