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Here are the lineups for the Dodgers and Nationals

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The Dodgers do poorly against lefties. Gio Gonzalez is a lefty. The Dodgers are giving Josh Reddick and Chase Utley a seat today, but there are still three lefties in the lineup. But really, what are you gonna do? Sit the unanimous rookie of the year, your best power bat over the past five seasons and your starting center fielder?

Actually, some have argued that maybe at least one of them should sit down. Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated, for example, says that Adrian Gonzalez should be saved until the Dodgers get into the Nats’ bullpen and, instead, Yasmani Grandal should play first and Carlos Ruiz — who has had some success against Gonzalez — should catch. Eh, it’s a thought, but it would take a LOT of guts to do that, as Jaffe himself notes. I feel like I’d use the same lineup that Roberts is using here.

Anyway, here are the Nationals:

1. Trea Turner (R) CF
2. Jayson Werth (R) LF
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
4. Bryce Harper (L) RF
5. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
6. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
7. Danny Espinosa (S) SS
8. Jose Lobaton (S) C
9. Gio Gonzalez (R) P

And here are the Dodgers:

1. Howie Kendrick (R) LF
2. Justin Turner (R) 3B
3. Corey Seager (L) SS
4. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
5. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
6. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
7. Charlie Culberson (R) 2B
8. Joc Pederson (L) CF
9. Kenta Maeda (R) P

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.