Here are the lineups for Game 7

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It’s the final day of the baseball season. It’ll be kicked off by Jim Thome throwing out the first pitch. It will be ended by a pitch from either Andrew Miller, Cody Allen or Aroldis Chapman. In between, anything can happen.

As for the players: the Chicago Cubs will use the same lineup that put up a touchdown and a safety against the Indians in Game 6. They had better hope for some magic or some fatigue from the opposing pitcher, though, as they have only scored one run off of Kluber in his two previous starts.

As for the Indians, Rajai Davis gets the start in center, a night after Tyler Naquin‘s adventures in fielding led to a couple of Cubs runs and a lot of later uncertainty over who had dibs on what ball. Otherwise, it’s the same dudes.

CUBS

1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
2. Kyle Schwarber (L) DH
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Ben Zobrist (S) LF
6. Addison Russell (R) SS
7. Willson Contreras (R) C
8. Jason Heyward (L) RF
9. Javier Baez (R) 2B

INDIANS

1. Carlos Santana (S) DH
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
5. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF
7. Rajai Davis (R) CF
8. Coco Crisp (S) LF
9. Roberto Perez (R) C

Ultimately this one is about the pitching, though. Hendricks vs. Kluber with three relief aces waiting in the wings. Here’s hoping Cubs and Indians fans find some way to breathe in the four hours between now and game time. For the rest of us, here’s hoping for an exciting as all get-out Game 7.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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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.