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.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.