Description: Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed after the game Friday that Ryan Vogelsong will start Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.
Insight: Bochy left the door open to start Madison Bumgarner on short rest in Game 4, but he decided after the loss Friday to stick with Vogelsong. Bumgarner will start Game 5. Both are pretty much must-wins for San Francisco in order to avoid falling behind 3-2 with Games 6 and 7 in Kansas City.
Description: Giants starter Tim Hudson pitched 5 2/3 innings against the Royals in his long awaited World Series debut.
Insight: Hudson allowed three runs on four hits. After he permitted a double and single in the first two innings, he did not allow another hit to the sixth. Unfortunately, it was not enough, and San Francisco trails Kansas City in the World Series, 2-1.
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched five-plus innings and allowed two runs on four hits in the Game 3 victory over the Giants in the World Series Friday night.
Insight: Guthrie only threw 77 pitches, but Ned Yost went to his bullpen when his starter allowed the first two hitters to reach base in the sixth. Two runs scored in the inning, but Kelvin Herrera did not permit the tying run to score, and Kansas City won, 3-2.
Description: Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright had his ligament "trimmed" in his right elbow according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. UPDATE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Wainwright had his cartilage "trimmed", not the ligament in his right elbow.
Insight: General manager John Mozeliak said Wainwright should be able to throw in six weeks, so the procedure would not affect his availability for next season. He likely wasn't going to throw much this offseason anyway, and the Cardinals were already planning to limit Wainwright's work next preseason.
Description: Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday the team is discussing the possibility to start Madison Bumgarner in Game 4 of the World Series on short rest according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Insight: If the Giants win Game 3 then it seems unlikely Bochy will use his ace for Game 4 on short rest, but if the Giants lose, it is on the table. Bumgarner would also be available to start Game 7 on short rest if he starts Game 4. Right now, Ryan Vogelsong is slated to start Game 4.
Description: Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series with an undisclosed injury.
Insight: Lincecum looked uncomfortable on a 2-2 pitch to Salvador Perez in the bottom of the eighth. The trainer came out to the mound immediately, and Lincecum exited the game. Lincecum looked good as he retired the five batters he faced in his first appearance this postseason.
Description: Royals starter Yordano Ventura heads into Game 2 pitching somewhat inconsistently during the postseason.
Insight: He has pitched in three games during the 2014 Playoffs, and Kansas City has won each game Venura has thrown in. However, during his two starts, Ventura has had one good outing, and one subpar outing. During the ALDS he went seven strong innings, allowing only one run on five hits and one walk, while striking out five. Ventura's start in Game 2 of the ALCS was not as good, as he went 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. Overall he is 0-0 with a 4.85 ERA, over 13.0 innings of work.
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy will take the mound for Game 2 of the World Series, as he looks to continue his solid play.
Insight: He has started two games thus far, in the postseason, and is 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, over 9 2/3 innings of work. Peavy's victory over the Nationals in the NLDS was his first ever postseason win.
Description: Royals starter James Shields lasted only three innings of Game 1 of the World Series.
Insight: He gave up three runs right away in the first inning, and just could not get ahead of hitters. Shields allowed five runs, on seven hits and one walk, and had only one strikeout. He will start a potential Game 5.
Description: Phillies re-sign pitcher Jerome Williams to a one-year deal.
Insight: The contract is worth $2.5 million, but can get up to $4 million based on performance incentives. Williams posted a surprising 2.83 ERA in 57 1/3 innings of work, but should npt be expected to have repeated success, thus making him an irrelevant fantasy player.
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy will be on the hill in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday against the Royals.
Insight: Peavy followed his Game 2 NLDS gem with a disappointing Game 2 start in the NLCS. Peavy will start in Kansas City on Wednesday. He has never made it out of the sixth inning in his seven postseason starts.
Description: Royals starter James Shields will start Game 1 of the World Series.
Insight: Manager Ned Yost made the announcement on Saturday, and it should come as no surprise. Yordano Ventura will get the nod in Game 2, and will likely be followed by Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie.
Description: Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez pitched well but took the loss in Game 4 of the ALCS.
Insight: He gave up only two runs (one earned) in the first inning, but it was enough for the Royals to advance to the World Series. Gonzalez went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and four walks, while striking out four. He will be a pitcher to target late in drafts in 2015.
Description: Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched five strong innings, allowing one run on three hits in the Game 3 victory over the Orioles.
Insight: Two of the three hits Guthrie allowed came in the second, and Baltimore scored on J.J. Hardy's double. Nick Markakis led off the third with a single and that was the final Orioles hit of the game. Kansas City is one win away from its first World Series appearance in three decades.
Description: Orioles starter Wei-Yen Chen pitched well in Game 3 of the ALCS but with a lack of run support, it was not enough as the Orioles fell, 2-1, against the Royals.
Insight: Chen went 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked one. Baltimore was able to get its first lead of the series, but with only three hits, the Orioles could not tack on. Kansas City leads the series, 3-0, with Game 4 on Wednesday.
Description: Cardinals starter John Lackey had a rocky start to Game 3 of the NLCS, giving up four runs in the first, but settled down to keep St. Louis in the game.
Insight: Lackey allowed the Giants to rally with two outs in the bottom of the first. Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval singled, Hunter Pence doubled to score Posey, and Brandon Belt walked to load the bases. Travis Ishikawa then hit a double to right field to clear the bases. Lackey allowed just one hit over the next five innings. The Cardinals rally, however, fell short in extra innings.
Description: Giants starter Tim Hudson pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, struck out five and walked none in Game 3 of the NLCS.
Insight: Manager Bruce Bochy made his first big playoff mistake in a long time when he left Hudson in for a seventh inning. The Giants jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first, and the Cardinals slowed chipped away at the lead. In the seventh with a one-run lead, Bochy left Hudson in the game to face the bottom of the Cardinals order. Eight hitter Randal Grichuk hit a solo home run to tie the game. Despite the blown lead, San Francisco won, 5-4, in the 10th.
Description: Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez will start for Baltimore in Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday.
Insight: The Orioles hope it will not be an elimination game. He has not started yet in October, but he posted a 3.23 ERA in 159 innings this season. Gonzalez will face off against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Description: Giants starter Jake Peavy is 3-0 in six game started, since the beginning of September, including postseason play.
Insight: He has pitched 36 1/3 innings during that span, and has giving up only six earned runs. Peavy has been a solid pickup for the Giants, and will have a tremendous opportunity to send San Francisco home with a 2-0 series lead.
Description: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn did not fare well in his only start against San Francisco in 2014.
Insight: He lasted only 3 1/3 innings on June 1, allowing seven runs (four earned), on eight hits and four walks, while striking out two. Lynn will need to pitch much better if St. Louis wants a chance at evening up the NLCS.
Description: Royals starter James "Big Game" Shields is not really living up to his name this postseason.
Insight: This is Shields' third outing for the Royals this playoffs and for the second time he failed to go past the fifth inning. He gave up four runs on 10 hits and walked a batter against Baltimore on Friday. Shields, however, is 1-0 in those three starts and Kansas City has won all three games.
Description: Orioles starter Chris Tillman had a rough outing in Game 1 of the ALCS.
Insight: Tillman pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits. He also walked two, struck out three and tossed up a home run to Alcides Escobar. Tillman will likely get the ball in Game 5 if necessary.