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David Hale signs with Korean team

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Yonhap News reports that David Hale has signed on with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization. Hale will make $500,000 for the rest of the season.

Hale, 30, allowed seven runs over 13.2 innings with the Yankees and Twins this season. Just a weird year all around for him, because his time with the Twins — one game — came in between two separate stints with New York. Four of those seven runs came in the one bad outing with Minnesota.

Hale could’ve probably latched on someplace else in the United States if he wanted to, but there’s no guarantee of a big league job and, thus, no guarantee of the cool half million he’s getting in Korea. Makes perfect sense that he’d make that choice at this point in the year.

Probably a win-win for him, really. There’s a good chance that, given the level of competition in Korea, he’ll do OK there. If he does, it could get him a better job in the bigs in 2019 than shuttling between Triple-A and the bigs might this year. If no good offers come to pass, he’d stand to make more than the big league minimum in Korea next season.

Dodgers look to join the Red Sox in the World Series

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One team has punched its ticket to the Fall Classic. Two teams are looking to join them, with the Dodgers carrying the distinct advantage. Los Angeles needs only a split in the final two games of the NLCS while Milwaukee needing to win both games at home. Doable? Absolutely. But to do it, the Brewers are going to have to wake up their sleepy bats.

NLCS Game 6

Dodgers vs. Brewers
Ballpark: Miller Park
Time: 8:39 PM Eastern
TV: FS1
Pitchers:  Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Wade Miley
Breakdown:

The Dodgers will give the ball to left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who tossed seven shutout innings in Game 1 of the NLDS but allowed two runs and tossed 72 pitches, failing to get out of the fifth inning, in Game 2 against Milwaukee. Even if he again turns in a short outing Dave Roberts should feel pretty confident, however, as the Dodgers’ bullpen — considered a question mark coming into this series — has allowed only three runs in in 21 and two-thirds innings of work.

For Milwaukee it’s once again Wade Miley, who was the Game 5 “starter,” but who pitched to only one batter. I suppose it’s possible that Craig Counsell will burn him like that again, but it seems more likely that Miley will actually pitch in this game rather than be used as a decoy.

As I noted the other day, though, the Brewers’ pitching gamesmanship has not really been a factor in this series. The real problem for them has been their offense. They’ve scored only 16 runs in five games while batting .219. That’s actually identical to the Dodgers’ run total and average overall, but L.A. has been better at distributing that meager offense. Milwaukee has been cold at the worst times, too, going 5-for-35 with runners in scoring position in the series, including one for their last 11. If that doesn’t change, their season ends tonight.