Craig Counsell and Bud Black have written out their lineup cards for this afternoon’s NLDS Game 1 in Milwaukee. No real surprises here.
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
4. David Dahl (L) LF
5. Trevor Story (R) SS
6. Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
7. Ian Desmond (R) 1B
8. Chris Iannetta (R) C
9. Antonio Senzatela (R)
David Dahl took an 0-for-6 during the Wild Card game the other night but he’ll be key for the Rockies if they wish to advance. Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story are the straws that stir the drink, but history shows that you need a third (or more) offensive threat in order not to be pitched to easily in the playoffs. If Dahl is hot he may force the Brewers to use a lefty on him at some point, which could serve to benefit Story behind him.
1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
2. Christian Yelich (L) RF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Travis Shaw (L) 2B
5. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
7. Manny Pina (R) C
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
9. Brandon Woodruff (L) P
Again, pretty straightforward. If the Brewers need a righty off the bench, figure Jonathan Schoop to get a chance.
The game starts at 5:07PM Eastern.
The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.
Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:
I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.
In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.
“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”
Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.
For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.