Red Sox manager Alex Cora said last night that Rick Porcello will start Game 3 of the World Series tomorrow night at Dodger Stadium.
This is no surprise given that Nathan Eovaldi was used in relief appearances in Games 1 and 2, but Cora held off because, well, he didn’t know a couple of days ago that he’d use Eovaldi in Games 1 and 2. The flexibility to do that, of course, is one of the reasons the Sox are up 2-0 in the Series.
Porcello struggled in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Astros, allowing four earned runs in four innings. Given the day off today, he’ll likely have a short leash tomorrow. If things are super bad, Eovaldi could be used out of the bullpen again to relieve him, but he’s more likely to get the Game 4 start.
2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.
One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.
The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.