Nothing yet decided in the NL Cy Young race

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On Wednesday afternoon I talked about how the NL Cy Young race was a three-headed monster between Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Clayton Kershaw.  Since then, all three of them have pitched. Here were their lines:

Halladay: 9 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 7 K, 1 BB
Kershaw: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 5 K, 0 BB
Lee: 9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 12 K, 0 BB

Hmm. All frustratingly brilliant. I’m assuming that even if Kershaw hadn’t been tossed from his game that he still wouldn’t have given up any runs. Anyway.

Here’s how they now stand on the season:

Halladay: 18-5, 219.2 IP, 211 K, 30 BB, 8 CG, 2.34 ERA, 1.04 WHIP
Kershaw: 19-5, 218.2 IP, 236 K, 51 BB, 5 CG, 2.30 ERA, 0.98 WHIP
Lee: 16-7, 29.2 IP, 223 K, 42 BB, 6 CG, 2.38 ERA, 1.02 WHIP

In other words, each pitched brilliantly and they remain virtually deadlocked. Which is kind of beautiful when you think about it.

The Dodgers lineup looks funny

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Lineups come out every day and I look at them every day and I give very little thought to them as long as they include the sorts of players who are appropriate to the game.

On Opening Day everyone important should be playing. Between then and the last day of the season it can be almost anyone depending on health and how much rest they need. In the playoffs it should be the best possible players once again, adjusted for platoon stuff. Usually it all washes by. Managers, our criticisms of them notwithstanding, tend to be pretty good at their jobs.

The Dodgers lineup for Game 6 of the NLCS caught my eye, though, because I can’t remember ever seeing a lineup in which the players were listed, basically, in defensive order. Really, with the exception of the catcher not batting first, have you ever seen a lineup with the defensive positions arranged like this? I haven’t. It’s fun, though!

1. David Freese (R) 1B
2. Max Muncy (L) 2B
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Manny Machado (R) SS
5. Cody Bellinger (L) CF
6. Chris Taylor (R) LF
7. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
8. Austin Barnes (R) C
9. Hyun-Jin Ryu (R) P

For the Brewers, things are a bit more conventional. Kudos to Craig Counsell for not putting an askterisk or a question mark next to Wade Miley, though, which I presume means he’ll last for more than one batter:

1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
2. Christian Yelich (L) RF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Travis Shaw (L) 2B
5. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
7. Erik Kratz (R) C
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
9. Wade Miley (L) P

Is it the last Brewers lineup of the season? Tune in tonight to find out.