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Astros chase Yu Darvish in the second inning… again

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Dodgers starter Yu Darvish once again could not finish the second inning of a World Series start. In Game 3, the Astros jumped on him for four runs and ultimately chased him with two outs in the frame. In Game 7, the Astros pounded him for five runs and chased him with two outs.

George Springer started the game off with a double and promptly scored during the next at-bat on a throwing error by first baseman Cody Bellinger, which allowed Alex Bregman to move to second base. Bregman stole third base, then scored on a Jose Altuve ground out.

In the second, Darvish walked Brian McCann to begin the frame. Marwin Gonzalez followed up with a double to put runners on second and third with now outs. Josh Reddick grounded out, which gave Darvish a way to escape the inning with no damage. However, opposing starter Lance McCullers knocked in a run with a soft ground out. Springer came up and ripped a no-doubt, two-run home run to left field, putting the nail in Darvish’s coffin. Brandon Morrow entered and struck out Bregman to escape the inning.

FanGraphs currently puts the Dodgers’ chances of winning at 10.5 percent. It’s not looking good for the boys in blue. The Astros are in a good position to win their first championship.

Report: Red Sox to sign Zack Godley

Red Sox sign Zack Godley
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Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.

Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.

The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.

The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.