Robinson Cano, Shin-Soo Choo each hit their first homers of the season

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The Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers big offseason acquisitions — Robinson Cano and Shin-Soo Choo, respectively — came into play today with zero homers and slugging percentages of .315 and .358, respectively. Each has remedied that to some degree this afternoon as both Choo and Cano have hit their first homers of the year in the Rangers-Mariners game. In the second and third innings, respectively. That raises Cano’s slugging percentage to .358 as of the top of the sixth inning this afternoon and Choo’s to a hefty .411.

Cano is being paid for ten years, of course so less than three weeks’ production is not something to worry about. Choo is being paid to get on base and he’s been doing that quite well even if he hasn’t been hitting the ball with any authority before today.

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.