NLCS, Game 5: Cardinals vs. Giants lineups

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Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the Cardinals-Giants series in San Francisco:

Cardinals:
3B Matt Carpenter
CF Jon Jay
LF Matt Holliday
SS Jhonny Peralta
1B Matt Adams
RF Randal Grichuk
2B Kolten Wong
C Tony Cruz
SP Adam Wainwright

With a left-hander on the mound Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has made some changes. Jhonny Peralta and Matt Adams flip-flop in the 4-5 spots, Randal Grichuk bats sixth while Jon Jay stays second, and Tony Cruz is behind the plate instead of A.J. Pierzynski.

Giants:
CF Gregor Blanco
2B Joe Panik
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
LF Travis Ishikawa
SS Brandon Crawford
SP Madison Bumgarner

Standard lineup for Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who sticks with Travis Ishikawa in left field over Michael Morse and keeps shortstop Brandon Crawford in the eighth spot. Madison Bumgarner, who shut out the Cardinals for 7.2 innings in Game 1, has a 2.58 ERA in 59 career postseason innings.

Phillies, J.T. Realmuto working on a long term deal

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Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Phillies “are quietly trying to hammer out” a contract extension with J.T. Realmuto. He says it may take some time to be done — nothing is imminent — but that the sides are working on it.

Realmuto still has one final year of arbitration, and he’s likely to get $10 million or more for 2020 if nothing is done. It sounds as though he and the Phillies are both eager to cement a long term pact, however, that’ll keep him from hitting the free agent market next winter. Salisbury says the deal, once reached, could be for 4-5 years and $20+ million per season. He says an extension would likely not kick in until 2021. He and the club would agree to a separate one-year deal to cover 2020.

Realmuto, who is considered by most to be the top all-around catcher in the game at the moment, will turn 29 before the beginning of the 2020 season. He hit .275/.328/.493 with 25 homers and 83 driven in this past season, winning the Silver Slugger Award and a Gold Glove.