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.
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
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.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”