The Dodgers will look to complete a sweep of the Braves in the NLDS in Game 3, slated for an 8:07 PM ET start on Sunday night in Atlanta. FS1 will have the broadcast. Here are your lineups.
LF Chris Taylor
3B Justin Turner
1B David Freese
SS Manny Machado
RF Matt Kemp
CF Cody Bellinger
2B Enrique Hernández
C Yasmani Grandal
P Walker Buehler
The Dodgers are going with a different look now that the Braves have a lefty starter on the mound. David Freese is batting third and playing first base as opposed to Max Muncy. Matt Kemp is in right field instead of Yasiel Puig.
LF Ronald Acuña, Jr.
CF Ender Inciarte
1B Freddie Freeman
RF Nick Markakis
3B Johan Camargo
C Kurt Suzuki
2B Ozzie Albies
SS Charlie Culberson
P Sean Newcomb
The Braves are going with essentially the same lineup they used in the first two games, which have resulted in exactly zero runs scored. Buehler last started on October 1 in the NL West tiebreaker game against the Rockies. He tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
Welp, that didn’t last long. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is going back on the injured list with more knee issues. If it matters the Sox say it’s not a big deal and they expect him back sooner rather than later, but they also said that his post-2017 knee surgery was just a “cleanup” at first and that basically cost him a year. So.
Pedroia has played in six games and is 2-for-20 with a walk.
I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that Pedroia’s career may be nearing an end. Sure, he’s under contract for two more years after this season, but he’s also in a unfortunate spiral that so many players experience in their mid-to-late 30s.
Running a website like this makes it all the clearer, actually. When you search a player’s name in our CMS, you get every post in which he appears in reverse chronological order. Just about every long-tenured player ends with about six posts in which he is alternately placed on and activated from the disabled/injured list. Then an offseason link to a big feature in which he’s written about as being “at a crossroads” followed by something vague about “resuming baseball activities” and then, inevitably, the retirement announcement. I can’t count the number of guys whose careers I can tick off in that way by browsing the guts of this site.
I hope that’s not the case for Pedroia. I hope that there’s a “Pedroia wins Comeback Player of the Year” post in the future. Or at the very least a silly “Miller’s Crossing” reference in an “And that Happened” in which I say “the old man’s still an artist with the Thompson” after he peppers the ball around in some 3-for-4, two-double game. I want that stuff to happen.
It’s just that, if you watch this game long enough, you realize how unlikely that is once a player starts to break down.