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.
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Reds “have emerged as the frontrunner” to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Morosi says the Reds and Castellanos “have made progress over the past several days.”
The Reds were going to have a lot of outfielders already when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps. And, of course, the Reds could trade from their outfield surplus if, indeed, they end up with an outfield surplus.
Without question, however, Castellanos would be the big dog, at least offensively, in that setup. He had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power. If he were to sign to play half his season in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.