NLCS Game 1 lineups: Cardinals vs. Brewers

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Here are the starting lineups for Game 1 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and Brewers, set to get underway just after 4:00 p.m. ET on TBS:

  ST. LOUIS CARDINALS          MILWAUKEE BREWERS
1. Rafael Furcal, SS         1. Corey Hart, RF
2. Jon Jay, CF               2. Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B
3. Albert Pujols, 1B         3. Ryan Braun, RF
4. Lance Berkman, RF         4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Matt Holliday, LF         5. Rickie Weeks, 2B
6. Yadier Molina, C          6. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
7. David Freese, 3B          7. Carlos Gomez, CF
8. Ryan Theriot, 2B          8. Jonathan Lucroy, C
9. Jaime Garcia, LHP         9. Zack Greinke, RHP

With Skip Schumaker ruled out for the NLCS due to a strained oblique muscle, the Cardinals are likely to rotate Theriot and Nick Punto at second base. Theriot, the better offensive option, gets the start in Game 1.

The Brewers will be looking for more production out of Weeks, who went 1-for-18 in Milwaukee’s NLDS defeat of the Diamondbacks. He remains in the heart of the lineup. Nyjer Morgan, for all his yapping, will open Game 1 on the bench because he struggles against left-handed pitchers. Gomez gets the start in center field.

Cody Bellinger named NLCS MVP

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Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.

Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.

Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.