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Astros jump on Max Scherzer early, take 2-0 lead in World Series Game 1

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Max Scherzer got into immediate trouble and nearly pitched his way out of it, but Yuli Gurriel pounded a two-run double to left-center field with two outs in the bottom of the first inning, giving the Astros an early lead in Game 1 of the World Series.

George Springer worked a leadoff walk and José Altuve followed up with a single to left field on the first pitch he saw from Scherzer. Scherzer rebounded with back-to-back strikeouts of Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman, though Springer and Altuve separately stole a base. With two strikes, Gurriel lashed a Scherzer slider that clanked high off of the wall in left-center, mere feet from becoming a three-run home run.

On his 26th pitch of the inning, Scherzer struck out Correa to end the threat, but the damage was done. Gerrit Cole, who worked around Trea Turner‘s leadoff single and subsequent stolen base in the top of the frame, now has what feels like a substantial cushion.

Update: Well, that didn’t take long. Ryan Zimmerman answered with a solo homer off of Cole with two outs in the top of the second inning. 2-1 ‘stros.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.