Brewers, Rockies lineups for NLDS Game 1 announced

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Craig Counsell and Bud Black have written out their lineup cards for this afternoon’s NLDS Game 1 in Milwaukee. No real surprises here.

Rockies:

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.

Brewers:

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.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.