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NLDS, Game 2: Mets vs. Dodgers lineups

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Here are the lineups for the Mets and Cardinals for Game 2 of the NLDS. First pitch is scheduled for 9:07 p.m. ET tonight at Dodger Stadium.

METS:

RF Curtis Granderson
3B David Wright
2B Daniel Murphy
CF Yoenis Cespedes
1B Lucas Duda
C Travis d'Arnaud
LF Michael Conforto
SS Ruben Tejada
SP Noah Syndergaard

There’s only one major change in Terry Collins’ lineup, with Michael Conforto starting in left field against right-hander Zack Greinke. The 22-year-old was on the bench in Game 1 while Michael Cuddyer made the start in left field. That didn’t go so well. Daniel Murphy, who homered in Game 1, has flipped spots with Yoenis Cespedes in the order. The same goes for Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud with a right-hander on the hill.

DODGERS:

2B Howie Kendrick
SS Corey Seager
1B Adrian Gonzalez
3B Justin Turner
RF Andre Ethier
LF Carl Crawford
C Yasmani Grandal
CF Enrique Hernandez
SP Zack Greinke

While the Mets are mostly standing pat for Game 2, the same can’t be said for the Dodgers. They have decided to shake things up quite a bit, starting with Howie Kendrick out of the leadoff spot. Kendrick didn’t bat leadoff once during the regular season. It’s an interesting time to switch things up. Carl Crawford batted leadoff in Game 1, but he’s in the sixth spot tonight. Joc Pederson and A.J. Ellis are on the bench for Game 2 while Yasmani Grandal and Enrique Hernandez are in.

The Giants might be ready to part ways with Hunter Pence

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area hints that the Giants may be done with outfielder Hunter Pence. It’s not clear just how seriously the club is contemplating such a decision, but there are six days remaining on Pence’s rehab assignment, at which point they’ll be able to recall him, reassign him to the minors or release him.

The 35-year-old outfielder has struggled to make a full recovery after spraining his right thumb during the first week of the season. Pence bounced back for a 17-game run with the Giants in April, during which he slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 with one double and one stolen base in 61 plate appearances, but was eventually placed on the disabled list with recurring soreness in his finger. He currently sports a promising .318/.359/.388 batting line with four extra-base hits (including a grand slam) over 92 PA in Triple-A Sacramento.

Despite his recent resurgence in Triple-A, the Giants may not need the additional outfield depth just yet. Mac Williamson, who was recalled in the wake of Pence’s DL assignment, has already cemented the starting role in left field and is off to a strong start at the plate as well. Of course, if the Giants decide to say a premature goodbye to their veteran outfielder (who, it should be said, helped them to two World Series championships over the last seven seasons), it’ll cost them the remaining balance on his $18.5 million salary for 2018.