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NLDS, Game 2: Mets vs. Dodgers lineups

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Here are the lineups for the Mets and Cardinals for Game 2 of the NLDS. First pitch is scheduled for 9:07 p.m. ET tonight at Dodger Stadium.

METS:

RF Curtis Granderson
3B David Wright
2B Daniel Murphy
CF Yoenis Cespedes
1B Lucas Duda
C Travis d'Arnaud
LF Michael Conforto
SS Ruben Tejada
SP Noah Syndergaard

There’s only one major change in Terry Collins’ lineup, with Michael Conforto starting in left field against right-hander Zack Greinke. The 22-year-old was on the bench in Game 1 while Michael Cuddyer made the start in left field. That didn’t go so well. Daniel Murphy, who homered in Game 1, has flipped spots with Yoenis Cespedes in the order. The same goes for Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud with a right-hander on the hill.

DODGERS:

2B Howie Kendrick
SS Corey Seager
1B Adrian Gonzalez
3B Justin Turner
RF Andre Ethier
LF Carl Crawford
C Yasmani Grandal
CF Enrique Hernandez
SP Zack Greinke

While the Mets are mostly standing pat for Game 2, the same can’t be said for the Dodgers. They have decided to shake things up quite a bit, starting with Howie Kendrick out of the leadoff spot. Kendrick didn’t bat leadoff once during the regular season. It’s an interesting time to switch things up. Carl Crawford batted leadoff in Game 1, but he’s in the sixth spot tonight. Joc Pederson and A.J. Ellis are on the bench for Game 2 while Yasmani Grandal and Enrique Hernandez are in.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.