Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Here are the lineups for Tuesday’s NL Wild Card game

11 Comments

The Rockies and Cubs, losers of Monday’s division tiebreaker games, do battle tonight in the NL Wild Card game. The winner moves on to face the Brewers in the NLDS. The loser goes home. ESPN has the broadcast starting at 8 PM ET tonight at Wrigley Field.

Rockies

CF Charlie Blackmon (.291/.358/.502, 29 HR, 70 RBI, 119 R, 12 SB)
2B DJ LeMahieu (.276/.321/.428, 15 HR, 62 RBI, 90 R, 6 SB)
3B Nolan Arenado (.297/.374/.561, 38 HR, 110 RBI, 104 R, 2 SB)
SS Trevor Story (.291/.348/.567, 37 HR, 108 RBI, 88 R, 27 SB)
LF Matt Holliday (.283/.415/.434, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 0 SB)
1B Ian Desmond (.236/.307/.422, 22 HR, 88 RBI, 82 R, 20 SB)
RF David Dahl (.273/.325/.534, 16 HR, 48 RBI, 31 R, 5 SB)
C Chris Iannetta (.224/.345/.385, 11 HR, 36 RBI, 36 R, 0 SB)
P Kyle Freeland (17-7, 2.85 ERA, 173 K, 70 BB, 202 1/3 IP)

Cubs

RF Ben Zobrist (.305/.378/.440, 9 HR, 58 RBI, 67 R, 3 SB)
LF Kris Bryant (.272/.374/.460, 13 HR, 52 RBI, 59 R, 2 SB)
1B Anthony Rizzo (.283/.376/.470, 25 HR, 101 RBI, 74 R, 6 SB)
SS Javier Báez (.290/.326/.554, 34 HR, 111 RBI, 101 R, 21 SB)
CF Albert Almora, Jr. (.286/.323/.378, 5 HR, 41 RBI, 62 R, 1 SB)
2B Daniel Murphy (.299/.336/.454, 12 HR, 42 RBI, 40 R, 3 SB)
C Willson Contreras (.249/.339/.390, 10 H R, 54 RBI, 50 R, 4 SB)
3B David Bote (.239/.319/.408, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 23 R, 3 SB)
P Jon Lester (18-6, 3.32 ERA, 149 K, 64 BB, 181 2/3 IP)

The Rockies are looking to advance to the NLDS for the first time since 2009. The Cubs are looking to reach at least the NLDS for the fourth consecutive season.

Scott Boras to pay salaries of released minor league clients

Scott Boras
Michael Reaves/Getty Images
2 Comments

Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.

Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”

Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.