NLCS, Game 4: Mets vs. Cubs lineups

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Here are the Mets and Cubs lineups for Game 4 of the NLCS in Chicago:

RF Curtis Granderson
3B David Wright
2B Daniel Murphy
CF Yoenis Cespedes
1B Lucas Duda
C Travis d'Arnaud
LF Michael Conforto
SS Wilmer Flores
SP Steven Matz

Mets manager Terry Collins is sticking with the same lineup as Game 3, which means Juan Lagares on the bench and rookie Michael Conforto in the lineup. Left-hander Steven Matz will make his second postseason start after allowing three runs in five innings against the Dodgers in the NLDS.

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

With a left-hander on the mound Cubs manager Joe Maddon has swapped Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber in the batting order. Javier Baez moves up to the seventh spot and David Ross, not Miguel Montero, gets the start at catcher while batting behind the pitcher.

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.