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Jon Gray’s first inning in the Wild Card game nearly goes as poorly as Luis Severino’s

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Rockies starter Jon Gray, like Yankees starter Luis Severino, gave up three runs in his Wild Card start. Gray, however, was able to navigate out of the inning.

Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke set the Rockies down in order in the top of the first. Then the D-Backs’ offense came out swinging against Gray. David Peralta and Ketel Marte both singled and Paul Goldschmidt followed up by ripping Gray’s first-pitch curve over the fence in left field at Chase Field for a three-run home run.

The similarities to Severino’s didn’t stop there. Just like Severino, Gray allowed a single and then a double after the first three runs scored. Rockies manager Bud Black stuck with Gray, though, who struck out Daniel Descalso and Jeff Mathis to get out of the inning.

Makes you wonder if the Rockies might’ve put themselves in a better position by trying “bullpenning.”

Update: After getting Greinke to ground out to lead off the bottom of the second, Peralta singled and Marte knocked him in with a triple to make it 4-0. Black took Gray out and brought in Scott Oberg. Yikes.

Mookie Betts, Javier Baez leading off the All-Star lineups

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I can’t imagine what it’s like to fill out the lineup card for an All-Star team. Most of the guys are 1-4 hitters on their own teams, but you gotta slot most of them someplace lower. Egos are probably a consideration. Strategic stuff. “Which top of the order or middle of the lineup hitter is batting eighth?” is both a difficult and thankless question.

Dave Roberts and A.J. Hinch have to do it anyway, and today they released the All-Star lineups. Seeing Bryce Harper batting sixth and Manny Machado batting seventh is just not part of the usual baseball experience:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Jose Ramirez, 3B
6. Aaron Judge, LF
7. Manny Machado, SS
8. Jose Abreu, 1B
9. Salvador Perez, C

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Javier Baez, 2B
2. Nolan Arenado, 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Matt Kemp, LF
6. Bryce Harper, CF
7. Nick Markakis, RF
8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Willson Contreras, C

Not that this is gonna hold for long what with all of the substitutions.