Below are the starting lineups for Game 6 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and Brewers, set to get underway at 8:05 p.m. ET in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The roof will be closed and the crowd will be rocking at Miller Park:
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS MILWAUKEE BREWERS
1. Rafael Furcal, SS 1. Corey Hart, RF
2. Jon Jay, CF 2. Nyjer Morgan, CF
3. Albert Pujols, 1B 3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Lance Berkman, RF 4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Matt Holliday, LF 5. Rickie Weeks, 2B
6. David Freese, 3B 6. Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B
7. Yadier Molina, C 7. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
8. Nick Punto, 2B 8. Jonathan Lucroy, C
9. Edwin Jackson, RHP 9. Shaun Marcum, RHP
The Cardinals are featuring the same batting order that netted them a 7-1 victory Friday in Game 5. Punto, a better defensive option than Ryan Theriot, remains at second base.
“Tony Plush” is back in the Brewers’ starting lineup for Game 6 after sitting out Game 5 in St. Louis against left-hander Jaime Garcia. He’s just 5-for-26 (.192/.300/.269) since the start of the postseason.
Major League Baseball and Fox won’t openly root for any specific team to make the World Series. But you can bet they’re pretty happy with the Cubs making it thanks to the ratings they’re delivering.
The Indians win over the Chicago in Game 1 last night drew a 12.6 overnight rating. That means, on average, 12.6 percent of the TVs in the largest 56 markets were tuned in to the game. That’s the best World Series first game rating since 2009 when the Phillies-Yankees game drew a 13.8 overnight rating. Last night’s rating was up 20% from last year’s 10.5 between the Royals-Mets and up 58% from the Giants-Royals in 2014.
Now the rooting, however quiet it may be, will continue: for the Cubs to make a series out of this so as to keep the magic numbers coming.
Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine has been hired as the Twins’ next General Manager. It has not been made official, but multiple outlets are reporting the hire. Levine will join Derek Falvey, who was named the Twins’ new president of baseball operations last month.
Levine has been the Rangers assistant GM since the 2005 season, working as GM Jon Daniels’ second in command. He’ll still be second in command in Minnesota, but with an elevated title as is the style of the day. He previously worked with the Rockies. He has, according to various reports, been conversant in statistical analysis as well as traditional scouting and player development. As is also the style of the day.