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.

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.