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.
Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.
Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.
Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.