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Lineups for NLCS Game 2

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The Brewers have won 12 straight games, dating all the way back through September 23. Extending that winning streak through the National League Championship Series might be improbable, but there’s been nothing to suggest that the Dodgers will bring their NL rivals to a grinding halt when the two go head-to-head during Game 2 of the NLCS on Saturday.

Here are the lineups:

Dodgers

1. Chris Taylor (R) LF CF
2. Justin Turner (R) 3B
3. David Freese (R) 1B
4. Manny Machado (R) SS
5. Matt Kemp (R) RF LF
6. Enrique Hernández (R) 2B
7. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
8. Austin Barnes (R) C
9. Hyun-Jin Ryu (L) P

The Dodgers will shift things around in the outfield to accommodate Puig (and give the still-hitless Cody Bellinger a breather), who will return to his post in right field after sitting during Game 1 of the series. After a rough night for Grandal, who was charged with an error, passed ball, and catcher’s interference during Friday’s 6-5 loss, Barnes will get the nod behind the plate.

Brewers

1. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
2. Christian Yelich (L) RF
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B
5. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
6. Travis Shaw (L) 2B
7. Erik Kratz (R) C
8. Orlando Arcia (R) SS
9. Wade Miley (R) P

The Brewers will stick with the same lineup they did in Game 1, with just two exceptions. The left-handed hitting Shaw will swap in for righty Hernan Perez at the keystone, while Kratz will make his first start behind the dish since Game 3 of the NLDS.

Game time is set for 4:09 PM EDT. Whether or not the Brewers pull off another win, they’ll get the opportunity to clinch the series in Los Angeles when it shifts to Dodger Stadium for Games 3-5 on Monday.

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.