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All hands on deck for World Series Game 7

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It all comes down to this. For the second straight year, the World Series will go the distance. The Dodgers and Astros will fight one last time on Wednesday night. To the victor goes the championship. The Astros are looking for their first ever championship. The Dodgers are looking for their first since 1988 and seventh overall (sixth since moving to Los Angeles).

Yu Darvish will start for the Dodgers and Lance McCullers will take the hill for the Astros, but all hands will be on deck for Game 7. The leashes will be short. Clayton Kershaw (who pitched 4 2/3 innings in Game 5) and Dallas Keuchel (3 2/3 innings in Game 5) will be available out of the bullpen, as will Game 4 starters Alex Wood and Charlie Morton. Game 6 starters Justin Verlander and Rich Hill could conceivably be used if necessary as well.

Darvish and McCullers last matched up in Game 3. Darvish couldn’t finish the second inning, ultimately on the hook for four runs in 1 2/3 innings. McCullers pitched into the sixth and ended up yielding three runs in 5 1/3 innings. The Astros went on to win 5-3.

Last year, in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, the Cubs used starter Jon Lester out of the bullpen in relief of Kyle Hendricks. The Indians used Trevor Bauer to get the last two outs of the top of the 10th inning. That provides a bit of a preview as to how managers A.J. Hinch and Dave Roberts could utilize their pitchers.

Baseball Reference notes that tomorrow’s game will be the 43rd World Series Game 7. The home team has gone 20-22 in those games.

Yu Darvish lands on 10-day disabled list again with triceps tendinitis

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Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.

Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.

The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.