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Lineups for NLCS Game 1

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Craig Counsell and Dave Roberts have announced their lineups for tonight’s NLCS opener. With lefties on the mound in the form of Clayton Kershaw and Gio Gonzalez, each manager has gone with his “hey, we’re facing a lefty” lineup.

For the Brewers that means that Hernan Perez starts at second base and Travis Shaw rides pine and the only lefties — Christian Yelich and Mike Moustakas — are a couple of guys who would be in against anyones. For the Dodgers that means all righties except Cody Bellinger and Kershaw himself, with ChrisT aylor, Matt Kemp and David Freese starting and Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson and Max Muncy on the bench. Not that we won’t see all of those guys at some point tonight, I reckon.

Dodgers

1. Chris Taylor (R) LF
2. Justin Turner (R) 3B
3. David Freese (R) 1B
4. Manny Machado (R) SS
5. Matt Kemp (R) RF
6. Enrique Hernandez (R) 2B
7. Cody Bellinger (L) CF
8. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
9. Clayton Kershaw (L) P

Brewers

1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
2. Christian Yelich (L) RF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
5. Hernan Perez (R) 2B
6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
7. Manny Pina (R) C
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
9. Gio Gonzalez (R) P

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.