Mets manager Terry Collins set his World Series starting rotation on Saturday afternoon. Royals manager Ned Yost has yet to set his rotation. Why? As Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports, Yost said, “Because I’m being a little bit of a punk.”
The actual strategical benefit of withholding this information is minimal. While the Mets still don’t know which pitcher they’ll face in Game 1, they can reasonably deduce it will be Edinson Volquez or Johnny Cueto, pitchers whose scouting reports they’re studying already anyway. There won’t be any surprises.