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NLCS, Game 1: Cubs vs. Mets lineups


Here are the lineups for Game 1 of the NLCS between the Cubs and Mets. First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET this evening at Citi Field in New York:

CF Dexter Fowler
LF Kyle Schwarber
3B Kris Bryant
1B Anthony Rizzo
2B Starlin Castro
RF Jorge Soler
SS Javier Baez
C David Ross
SP Jon Lester

No huge surprises for the Cubs. Ross is catching Lester as usual while Schwarber is in the No. 2 spot. Soler remains in the lineup, but he’ll be batting sixth. Baez will serve as the regular shortstop for Chicago with Addison Russell sidelined due to a hamstring injury.

RF Curtis Granderson
3B David Wright
2B Daniel Murphy
LF Yoenis Cespedes
C Travis d'Arnaud
1B Michael Cuddyer
SS Wilmer Flores
CF Juan Lagares
SP Matt Harvey

As expected, Michael Conforto is sitting against the left-hander, with Cespedes in left field and Lagares in center field. The big change is Cuddyer at first base in place of the struggling Lucas Duda. Duda went just 2-for-18 with 11 strikeouts during the NLDS against the Dodgers.

Clayton Kershaw to make Opening Day start for Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Opening Day
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.

The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.

Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.