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Dodgers, Braves lineups for Game 4

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The Dodgers and Braves get underway at 4:30 this afternoon. When they do, we’ll get a couple of wrinkles in the lineups.

Joc Pederson, rather than Chris Taylor, will get the start in left and leadoff. Max Muncy will likewise replace David Freese at first base and third in the batting order. Muncy actually got more plate appearances than Freese last night, but today he’s presumably in there for at least as long as Mike Foltynewicz is. Yasiel Puig likewise gets the start over Matt Kemp in right field, though he’ll be batting farther down in the order than Kemp did last night. Cody Bellinger and Enrique Hernandez will flip flop as well.

For Atlanta, Ozzie Albies moves up to the two-hole and Ender Inciarte is down in the seven slot. Tyler Flowers gets the start behind the dish over Kurt Suzuki.

The lineups:

Dodgers

1. Joc Pederson (L) LF
2. Justin Turner (R) 3B
3. Max Muncy (L) 1B
4. Manny Machado (R) SS
5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
6. Enrique Hernandez (R) 2B
7. Cody Bellinger (L) CF
8. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
9. Rich Hill (L) P

Braves

1. Ronald Acuna Jr. (R) LF
2. Ozzie Albies (S) 2B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Nick Markakis (L) RF
5. Johan Camargo (S) 3B
6. Tyler Flowers (R) C
7. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
8. Charlie Culberson (R) SS
9. Mike Foltynewicz (R) P

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.