Author: Bill Baer

Workers water the infield at Citi Field before Game 1 of the National League baseball championship series between the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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NLCS, Game 2: Cubs vs. Mets lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the NLCS between the Cubs and Mets. First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET this evening at Citi Field in New York.


CF Dexter Fowler
LF Kyle Schwarber
3B Kris Bryant
1B Anthony Rizzo
2B Starlin Castro
RF Chris Coghlan
C Miguel Montero
SS Javier Baez
SP Jake Arrieta

Coghlan draws the start in right field over Jorge Soler, as the left-handed hitting Coghlan will be facing a right-handed starter for the Mets. Montero will be behind the plate for Game 2 and Game 1 backstop David Ross will ride the pine. Other than that, the Cubs’ lineup remains the same as in Game 1.


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

Duda and Conforto return to the lineup at first base and left field, respectively, with the Cubs starting right-hander Arrieta. The Mets’ batting order is otherwise similar to Game 1.

Video: Daniel Murphy makes an outstanding diving stop to end NLCS Game 1

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Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy did a little bit of everything on Saturday night in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers. He got the Mets on the board first with a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, tying a Mets post-season record with his fourth home run.

Murphy then ended the game and prevented the tying run from reaching base when he dove to stop a Tommy La Stella laser, firing to first to seal the Mets’ Game 1 victory and the save for closer Jeurys Familia. There have already been a handful of outstanding plays during the playoffs this year, but this ranks at least in the top five.

Alex Rodriguez broke a monitor at the FOX studio

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Things aren’t going so well for Alex Rodriguez on Sunday. Shortly after we learned he would be joining the FOX NFL Sunday show, he broke one of FOX’s monitors making a playful toss to Jay Glazer.

E-5? Incomplete?

A-Rod has promised not to break anything else while he’s there:

Matt Harvey’s triceps was “dented” on a line drive

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Mets starter Matt Harvey was drilled in the triceps by a Dexter Fowler line drive in the sixth inning of NLCS Game 1 on Saturday. He was still able to recover to find the ball and throw out Fowler at first base.

It was a scare for the Mets and the entire population of Queens, New York but the right-hander was fine. Per ESPN’s Adam Rubin, Harvey said his triceps was “dented” and it’s a little swollen now, but he is still expected to start Game 5 of the NLCS (if necessary).

Chase Utley’s hearing postponed to later in 2015, possibly spring

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley‘s hearing has been postponed to later in 2015 and possibly the spring. Utley had been suspended two playoff games for a takeout slide that resulted in a broken fibula for Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. Utley appealed, but the Dodgers were knocked out of the playoffs.

Rosenthal notes that hearings must take place 14 days after a player files an appeal, but it can be postponed if both parties reach a mutual agreement. John McHale, CIO and vice president of administration for Major League Baseball, will oversee the hearing.

Utley, 37 in December, is eligible for free agency shortly after the post-season. He had a career-worst season in 2015, finishing with a composite .629 OPS in 423 plate appearances between the Phillies and Dodgers.