NLDS, Game 2: Cardinals vs. Dodgers lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the Cardinals-Dodgers series in Los Angeles:

Cardinals:

3B Matt Carpenter
CF Jon Jay
LF Matt Holliday
1B Matt Adams
SS Jhonny Peralta
C Yadier Molina
2B Kolten Wong
RF Randal Grichuk
SP Lance Lynn

The Cardinals have made a few changes now that there’s a right-handed starter on the mound. Randal Grichuk has moved from the two-spot to the eight-hole; Jay has made the reverse transition. Matt Adams has moved from sixth to clean-up; Peralta has dropped from fourth to fifth; and Molina has dropped from fifth to sixth. Wong gets the start over Pete Kozma, batting seventh.

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 Zack Greinke

The Dodgers are going with the same exact lineup that was able to score nine runs against the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday night. Ellis had the best night of anyone in the batting order, going 4-for-5 with a two-run home run and three runs scored.

Ketel Marte shut down with back injury

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With just over a week left in the regular season, the Diamondbacks have elected to shut down infielder/outfielder Ketel Marte. Marte has been dealing with some lower back inflammation and stiffness over the last few days; on Friday, the team revealed that he was diagnosed with a stress reaction as well.

It doesn’t look as though the injury will compromise Marte’s 2020 campaign, but as Craig noted on Wednesday, his absence will likely have some effect on his NL MVP candidacy. The 25-year-old will wrap his first All-Star season with a .329/.389/.592 batting line, 32 home runs, a .981 OPS, and a staggering, career-best 7.1 fWAR through 628 plate appearances.

Marte told reporters Thursday that the back pain had been an issue “for the past two months,” though he didn’t comment on the severity of the injury. Despite his ability to play through the pain since July, the issue has clearly escalated in the last week or so. Although the loss of their most valuable contributor may have a negative impact on the D-backs’ chances of competing in the postseason, it’s undeniably a wise move to let Marte recuperate rather than pushing him to play for another week and running the risk of further injury.

Entering Friday’s series against the Padres — their last road series of the regular season — Arizona still has a sizable gap to close in order to earn one of two NL wild card spots. They’re five games out of postseason contention, with the Nationals, Brewers, Cubs, Mets, and Phillies ahead of them.