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Lineups for NLDS Game 1 between Braves, Dodgers

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The Braves visit the Dodgers to open Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday night. The game is slated for an 8:37 start and will be broadcast on MLB Network. For the Braves, it will be their first playoff game since 2013. The Dodgers have been in the playoffs every year since 2013. The Dodgers are the favorites in the National League to win the World Series, according to FiveThirtyEight, but this could be a changing of the guard if the Braves emerge victorious.

The lineups:

Braves

LF Ronald Acuña, Jr. (.293/.366/.553, 26 HR, 64 RBI, 78 R, 16 SB)
3B Johan Camargo (.272/.349/.457, 19 HR, 76 RBI, 63 R, 1 SB)
1B Freddie Freeman (.309/.388/.505, 23 HR, 98 RBI, 94 R, 10 SB)
RF Nick Markakis (.297/.366/.440, 14 HR, 93 RBI, 78 R, 1 SB)
C Tyler Flowers (.227/.341/.359, 8 HR, 30 RBI, 34 R, 0 SB)
2B Ozzie Albies (.261/.305/.452, 24 HR, 72 RBI, 105 R, 14 SB)
CF Ender Inciarte (.265/.325/.380, 10 HR, 61 RBI, 83 R, 28 SB)
SS Charlie Culberson (.270/.326/.466, 12 HR, 45 RBI, 47 R, 4 SB)
P Mike Foltynewicz (13-10, 2.85 ERA, 202 K, 68 BB, 183 IP)

Dodgers

LF Joc Pederson (.248/.321/.522, 25 HR, 56 RBI, 65 R, 1 SB)
3B Justin Turner (.312/.406/.518, 14 HR, 52 RBI, 62 R, 2 SB)
1B Max Muncy (.263/.391/.582, 35 HR, 79 RBI, 75 R, 3 SB)
SS Manny Machado (.297/.367/.538, 37 HR, 107 RBI, 84 R, 14 SB)
C Yasmani Grandal (.241/.349/.466, 24 HR, 68 RBI, 65 R, 2 SB)
CF Cody Bellinger (.260/.343/.470, 25 HR, 76 RBI, 84 R, 14 SB)
RF Yasiel Puig (.267/.327/.494, 23 HR, 63 RBI, 60 R, 15 SB)
2B Enrique Hernández (.256/.336/.470, 21 HR, 52 RBI, 67 R, 3 SB)
P Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3, 1.97 ERA, 89 K, 15 BB, 82 1/3 IP)

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.