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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.

Rumor: MLB execs discussing 100-game season that would begin July 1

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Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score Chicago heard from a source that Major League Baseball executives have been discussing a 100-game season that would begin on July 1 and conclude on October 15. It would essentially pick up the second half schedule, eliminating the All-Star Game while hosting the World Series at a neutral warm-weather stadium — ideally Dodger Stadium.

In the event the Dodgers, who won 106 games last year, made it all the way through the playoffs, the World Series would be hosted in Anaheim or San Diego. The earlier rounds of the playoffs would be played in the cities of the teams involved, which might be tough since the postseason would extend into November.

Spiegel went on to describe this vision as “an absolute best case scenario,” and that’s accurate. In order for the regular season to begin on July 1, the players would need to have several weeks if not a full month prior to get back into playing shape — more or less an abbreviated second spring training. And that would mean the U.S. having made significant progress against the virus by way of herd immunity or a vaccine, which would allow for nonessential businesses to resume operations. The U.S., sadly, is faring not so well compared to other nations around the world for a variety of reasons, but all of which point to a return to normalcy by the summer seeming rather unlikely.

Regardless, the league does have to plan for the potential of being able to start the regular season this summer just in case things really do break right and offer that opportunity. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated multiple times about the league’s need to be creative, referring to ideas like playing deep into the fall, changing up the location of games, playing without fans in attendance, etc. This rumor certainly fits the “creative” mold.