The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals will kick off the World Series on Tuesday, and though both teams have plenty of generational arms to work with, the order of their appearances still matters.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch was asked about where his rotation stands on Monday, and he made things official by releasing his starters for the first three games of the Fall Classic.
Yeah, this doesn't shock anyone. A rested Gerrit Cole, the best starter in the game this year, will take Game 1. Following Cole will be Justin Verlander in Game 2 and Zack Greinke in Game 3.
Hinch doesn't have anything set in stone for Game 4. He'll make that decision based on how the series is going.
In all likelihood, the Astros will have themselves a bullpen game with either Brad Peacock or Jose Urquidy getting the start. Hinch listed those two as possible options for that game. Some believe Hinch'll lean Peacock.
If Houston is down in the series, do you think Hinch would go with Cole on three days' rest? We'll have to wait and see.