NLCS Game 2 lineups: Giants vs. Phillies

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The lineups are in for Game 2 of the NLCS, set for Sunday evening at 8:00pm ET.

Giants

  • CF Andres Torres
  • 2B Freddy Sanchez
  • 1B Aubrey Huff
  • C Buster Posey
  • LF Pat Burrell
  • SS Juan Uribe
  • 3B Mike Fontenot
  • RF Cody Ross
  • SP Jonathan Sanchez

Phillies

  • CF Shane Victorino
  • 2B Chase Utley
  • 3B Placido Polanco
  • 1B Ryan Howard
  • RF Jayson Werth
  • SS Jimmy Rollins
  • LF Raul Ibanez
  • C Carlos Ruiz
  • SP Roy Oswalt

The Giants are trotting out the same batting order, and again Pablo Sandoval is sitting.  He’s just 1-for-6 this postseason and posted miserable numbers over the last couple months of the regular season.  Oh, and his defense has been a problem.

The Phillies did make a few changes.  Polanco and Utley were flipped because left-hander Jonathan Sanchez will be on the mound for San Francisco.  Jimmy Rollins, who led off during Game 1 of the Phils’ sweep of the Reds in the NLDS, will again bat sixth.  He’s been in that spot now for four straight games because of his ongoing struggles at the plate.

Yu Darvish lands on 10-day disabled list again with triceps tendinitis

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Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.

Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.

The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.