NLCS Game 6 lineups: Cardinals vs. Giants

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Here are the lineups for Game 6 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and Giants in San Francisco:

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS           SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
1. Jon Jay, CF                1. Angel Pagan, CF
2. Carlos Beltran, RF         2. Marco Scutaro, 2B
3. Matt Holliday, LF          3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
4. Allen Craig, 1B            4. Buster Posey, C
5. Yadier Molina, C           5. Hunter Pence, RF
6. David Freese, 3B           6. Brandon Belt, 1B
7. Daniel Descalso, 2B        7. Gregor Blanco, LF
8. Pete Kozma, SS             8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Chris Carpenter, RHP       9. Ryan Vogelsong, RHP

The Cardinals will feature their standard batting order with Beltran’s knee holding strong.

For the Giants, it’s the exact same lineup from Friday night’s Game 5 victory in St. Louis. They moved Pence out of the No. 5 spot in Game 4 but wound up losing and have decided against reverting back to that look.

This NLCS Game 6 will be broadcast on FOX. First pitch is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. ET.

The Hall of Fame rejected the BBWAA vote to make ballots public

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Last year, at the Winter Meetings, the BBWAA voted overwhelmingly to make Hall of Fame ballots public beginning with this year’s election. Their as a long-demanded one, and it served to make a process that has often frustrated fans — and many voters — more transparent.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com tweeted a few minutes ago, however, that at some point since last December, the Hall of Fame rejected the BBWAA’s vote. Writer may continue to release their own ballots, but their votes will not automatically be made public.

I don’t know what the rationale could possibly be for the Hall of Fame. If I had to guess, I’d say that the less-active BBWAA voters who either voted against that change or who weren’t present for it because they don’t go to the Winter Meetings complained about it. It’s likewise possible that the Hall simply doesn’t want anyone talking about the votes and voters so as not to take attention away from the honorees and the institution, but that train left the station years ago. If the Hall doesn’t want people talking about votes and voters, they’d have to change the whole thing to some star chamber kind of process in which the voters themselves aren’t even known and no one discusses it publicly until after the results are released.

Oh well. There’s a lot the Hall of Fame does that doesn’t make a ton of sense. Add this to the list.