Right-handers Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin are slated to start for the Cleveland Indians in Games 1 through 3 of the World Series with manager Terry Francona’s rotation remaining up in the air for the rest of the series.
The 30-year-old Kluber is in the midst of the first postseason action of his career and has been excellent. Over 18.1 innings pitched across three starts, he is 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA. Opposing batters have hit .197 against him in the playoffs while he has managed 20 strikeouts against seven walks.
A 2016 All-Star and the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner, Kluber went 18-9 with a 3.14 ERA and 227 strikeouts against 57 walks in 215 innings pitched for the Indians this season. He put up the third-best ERA and was fourth in wins and fifth in strikeouts in the American League.
Bauer, a 25-year-old, is also experiencing his first stint in the playoffs. His postseason performance has been slightly less impressive than Kluber’s, however. In 5.1 innings of work across two games, he has posted a 5.06 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. He gave up six hits for an opposing average of .286 with seven strikeouts and two free passes.
He went 12-8 with a 4.26 ERA in the regular season, the second-lowest of his five-year career. He had 168 strikeouts and 70 walks over 190 innings of work.
Tomlin is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA with 10 batters retired. The 32-year-old has spent his entire major league career with Cleveland since 2010, just one year more than Kluber. Tomlin had 13 wins and nine losses with a 4.40 ERA in the regular season. He pitched 174 innings for Cleveland and posted a near 6:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
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Chris Getz is headed to the “Windy City” to take over as the Chicago White Sox’s director of player development, per a report from Jeffery Flanagan of MLB.com.
The 33-year-old Getz joined the Kansas City Royals’ front office in November 2014 after retiring from professional baseball. He assisted in player personnel and development as an assistant in the Royals’ baseball operations department. Now, he will be spearheading Chicago’s player development program while replacing Nick Carpa, who held the role for the last two seasons.
Getz attended both Michigan and Wake Forest before being selected by the White Sox in the fourth-round of the 2005 MLB Draft. He made his big league debut three years later, and over a seven-year career, he hit .250/.309/.307 with 11 RBI and 89 stolen bases.
His career strength was moving runners. In 2009, he led the American League in stolen base percentage at 92.59. His career percentage of 83.18 ranks 19th all-time. He also ranked fourth, fifth and seventh in the American League in sacrifices between 2011 and 2013.
Getz played 3,436.2 innings at second base in his time with the White Sox, Royals and Toronto Blue Jays. He recorded 713 putouts, 1,116 assists, 24 errors and 286 double plays for a .987 fielding percentage. In 2011, his .986 fielding percentage ranked fourth in the American League among second baseman. He also appeared at third base, shortstop and designated hitter in his major league career.
In 2016, the White Sox and Royals both encountered disappointing campaigns as each American League Central club was initially expected to potentially play well into October.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks have officially announced that Mike Hazen has been named as the club’s new executive vice president and general manager.
Hazen, 40, served as the executive vice president and general manager of the Boston Red Sox in the 2016 season after spending four years as the club’s assistant general manager. He spent five years with the Cleveland Indians in scouting and player development before joining the Red Sox in 2006.
“We feel very strongly that we have found the ideal candidate to lead our baseball operations,” Diamondbacks’ managing general partner Ken Kendrick said. “Mike’s reputation throughout the game is impeccable, and his championship experience gives us great confidence in naming him to this position.”
The Red Sox made the playoffs five times and won two World Series titles during Hazen’s tenure, where he worked in every facet of baseball operations from scouting to contract negotiations.
Hazen graduated from Princeton University where he played four years of varsity baseball and was a two-time All-Ivy League outfielder. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1998, but joined the Indians’ front office after two years in the minor leagues.
“I’m extremely grateful for this incredible opportunity to help the D-backs reach the next level,” said Hazen. “This is a franchise that has experienced a lot of success both on and off the field in less than two decades of existence, and I’m looking forward to working with Ken and Derrick to help bring back a tradition of winning to Arizona.”
Hazen and Diamondbacks’ president and CEO Derrick Hall will hold a press conference on October 17.
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Utility man Enrique Hernandez has reportedly been placed on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ roster for the club’s upcoming NLCS slate against the Chicago Cubs, per Buster Olney of ESPN. Hernandez was previously assigned to the minor leagues on October 7 while the Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals in the NLDS in order to reach the NLCS.
A sixth-round pick out of Puerto Rico, Hernandez made his big league debut in 2014. His sophomore season was by far his best offensive campaign when he hit .307/.346/.490 with seven home runs and 22 RBI.
Then, in the 2015 postseason, the Dodgers lost to the New York Mets in a five-game series in the NLDS. He went 4-for-13 with three runs scored, one stolen base and a .708 OPS.
His offensive stats fell off in 2016, however. In 14 more at bats, he hit .190/.283/.324 with 18 RBI. He also struck outs 64 times and walked 28, both far and away career-highs. Hernandez also spent time on the Dodgers’ disabled list in early July due to inflammation in his ribs.
The versatile veteran played all over the field defensively for the Dodgers in 2016. He saw time at every outfield spot as well as third base, second base and shortstop. In 350.2 innings in the outfield, he had 78 putouts, four assists and no errors with one double play.
Infielder Charlie Culberson stayed on the roster for the NLDS, leaving Hernandez on the sideline in order to clear another roster spot for the series. Now, the Dodgers need Hernandez to face Cubs’ Game 1 starter in Jon Lester as he has had success hitting left-handers.
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