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George Springer named MVP of the 2017 World Series

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No surprise here: Astros outfielder George Springer was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 World Series.

Game 1 was rough for Springer as he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. He went on to homer in five of the next six games, knocking in seven runs in the process. Springer doubled to kickstart the Astros’ two-run first inning in Game 7, then added a two-run homer in the second en route to a 5-1 victory. Overall, he hit .379/.471/1.000 in 29 at-bats in the World Series. Chase Utley and Reggie Jackson are the only other players to hit five home runs in the World Series.

Springer had an excellent regular season as well, finishing with a .283/.367/.522 batting line with 34 home runs, 85 RBI, and 112 runs scored in 629 plate appearances. He went 7-for-17 in the ALDS against the Red Sox. The Yankees figured him out, holding him to three hits in 26 at-bats in the ALCS. Springer, of course, rebounded in a big way from that.

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.