Getty Images

Here are the lineups for the Dodgers and Nationals

Leave a comment

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

Grudge continues to fester between Braves, Marlins

Carmen Mandato/Getty Images
2 Comments

The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.

In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.

Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.

Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.