Jacob deGrom to start Game 1 of the World Series


Buster Olney reports that Jacob deGrom will get the start in Game 1 of the World Series for the New York Mets. It’s not deGrom’s turn, but five days off allows Terry Collins to arrange his rotation however he likes. Following deGrom will be Noah Syndergaard in Game 2, Matt Harvey in Game 3 and Steven Matz in Game 4.

Collins will no doubt address his reasons for this sometime soon. One possible reason, I suppose, is that deGrom and Syndergaard have higher strikeout rates and would be better suited to face the Blue Jays in Rogers Centre. Not that we’re dealing with dramatic or particularly significant differences or anything. But I guess you have to pick somehow.

Orioles option LHP Bruce Zimmermann to minors

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The Baltimore Orioles have optioned left-handers Bruce Zimmermann and Nick Vespi and reassigned infielder Lewin Díaz, left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and catcher Mark Kolozsvary to minor league camp.

The Orioles announced the moves Monday.

Baltimore’s spring training roster now has 46 players.

Zimmermann made 13 starts last season. He went 2-5 with a 5.99 ERA.

The competition for rotation spots with the Orioles has been a significant story during spring training, but after the team acquired Cole Irvin and Kyle Gibson in the offseason – and with top prospect Grayson Rodriguez in the mix as well – there were a lot of pitchers Zimmermann needed to beat out.