October 8, 1979: World Series Set to Open Tomorrow, Weather Permitting

The Pirates and Orioles are set to open the World Series tomorrow night in Baltimore.  The scheduled starters are righty Bruce Kison for the Pirates and lefty Mike Flanagan for Baltimore.

Kison went 13-7 with an ERA of 3.19 this year.  He finished strongly, going 5-0 with an ERA of 1.74 in his last seven starts.  He didn’t pitch in the NLCS against the Reds, but his post-season history is impressive.  He threw shutout ball in his first 20 post-season innings, covering six games.  He gave up one run in his last post-season game, back in 1975, and owns an ERA of 0.41.

Flanagan led the majors in wins, going 23-9 with a 3.08 ERA.  He was third in the majors with 190 strikeouts and threw 16 complete games.  His post-season experience is limited to one game this year against the Angels.  He went seven innings, allowing six runs, four of them earned, to get a win.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is ominous.  Temperatures are expected to be in the 50s and rain is in the forecast.