NLDS, Game 1: Cardinals vs. Dodgers

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Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the Cardinals-Dodgers series in Los Angeles:

Cardinals:
3B Matt Carpenter
RF Randal Grichuk
LF Matt Holliday
SS Jhonny Peralta
C Yadier Molina
1B Matt Adams
2B Pete Kozma
CF Jon Jay
SP Adam Wainwright

Mike Matheny goes with right-handed hitters Randal Grichuk and Pete Kozma against left-hander Clayton Kershaw, choosing to bench rookies Oscar Tavereas and Kolten Wong. However, lefty bats Matt Adams and Jon Jay (and Matt Carpenter) are in the lineup. Kozma starting Game 1 of the playoffs is a possibility most Cardinals fans thought ceased to exist a while back, yet here we are again.

Dodgers:
2B Dee Gordon
CF Yasiel Puig
1B Adrian Gonzalez
RF Matt Kemp
SS Hanley Ramirez
LF Carl Crawford
3B Juan Uribe
C A.J. Ellis
SP Clayton Kershaw

Pretty standard lineup for the Dodgers or at least a pretty standard lineup for when everyone is healthy at the same time.

Hinch, Luhnow, will be eligible in 2021 even if there are no games in 2020

A.J. Hinch (left) and Jeff Luhnow (right)
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You no doubt recall that former Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and ex-Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow were given the one-year bans and were subsequently fired in January due to the Astros sign-stealing scandal. It’s possible, however, that each of them could be back in baseball without having missed a single game.

That’s the report from Buster Olney of ESPN, who has learned that Hinch and Luhnow will become eligible in 2021 even if there are no games played in the 2020 season. The reason: Hinch and Luhnow’s suspensions are tied to “the end of the 2020 postseason.” In contrast, players who are suspended for PED offenses for violations of the league’s domestic violence policies are suspended for a set number of games. Their suspensions will not begin until games begin and, if the number of games in the 2020 season ends up being fewer than the number of games in their suspension, it will carry over to 2021.

It would not shock me a bit if another team hired Hinch at some point down the road. And, despite the league’s finding that Luhnow fostered a “toxic” environment in the Astros’ front office, I would not be at all surprised if he were hired as some sort of advisor down the road and, potentially, found himself running a team again. His tenure in Houston was discovered to be objectively awful from an ethical perspective, but (a) he won; and (b) he cut costs, and those are the two biggest priorities for most teams. Not necessarily in that order.