World Series, Game 3: Royals vs. Mets lineups

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Here are the Royals and Mets lineups for Game 3 of the World Series in New York:

SS Alcides Escobar
2B Ben Zobrist
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
3B Mike Moustakas
C Salvador Perez
LF Alex Gordon
RF Alex Rios
SP Yordano Ventura

Royals manager Ned Yost never makes lineup changes in the playoffs, but being without the designated hitter has forced him into benching No. 5 hitter Kendrys Morales and moving everyone up one spot. That’s a huge change to the lineup, as Morales is a switch-hitter who batted .290 with 22 homers, 41, doubles, and an .847 OPS while leading the Royals with 106 RBIs. The good news is that he’s now available as a late-inning bench option, perhaps to pinch-hit for Alex Rios.

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 Noah Syndergaard

Now that the Mets are back to being without the designated hitter manager Terry Collins has opted for offense over defense, starting Michael Conforto in left field and Yoenis Cespedes in center field while leaving center fielder Juan Lagares on the bench. That’s been pretty standard for Collins, but it’s also the same defensive alignment that cost the Mets in Game 1 and caused a Collins lineup change in Game 2.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

Blake Snell
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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.