NLDS, Game 4: Dodgers vs. Cardinals lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 4 of the Dodgers-Cardinals series in St. Louis:

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

In addition to making the call to start Clayton Kershaw on short rest manager Don Mattingly also made a big change by benching Yasiel Puig in favor of Andre Ethier. Puig is better than Ethier defensively and had a significantly higher OPS versus right-handers this season (.901 to .710), so this is Mattingly playing the small sample size/gut feeling game.

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

Lefty-hitting rookie Kolten Wong was on the bench against Kershaw in Game 1, but after homering last night he’s in the lineup this time around instead of Pete Kozma. In fact, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is sticking with an identical lineup to Game 3.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

Alex Gordon
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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.