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Nationals, Dodgers lineups for NLDS Game 1

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With the Cardinals and Braves kicking off the Division Series a few minutes ago, the Nationals and Dodgers are set to get the other half of the NL side of the bracket under way in a few hours. 8:37 PM ET, to be exact.

The Dodgers are making their seventh consecutive postseason appearance, a streak that is beaten only by the 1991-2005 Braves and 1995-2007 Yankees. They won 106 games during the regular season, setting a franchise record.

Meanwhile, the Nationals squeaked into the NLDS by the hair on their chinny chin chin. They defeated the Brewers 4-3 in the NL Wild Card game thanks to bases-clearing single by Juan Soto and subsequent fielding error by Trent Grisham in the bottom of the eighth inning of the do-or-die contest. The Nationals are hoping to advance out of the NLDS for the first time in five tries since becoming the Washington Nationals and for the first time as a franchise since the Expos in 1981.

The Nationals and Dodgers last met in the playoffs in the 2016 NLDS. The Dodgers took that series in the maximum five games.

Here are the lineups!

Nationals

SS Trea Turner
RF Adam Eaton
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Juan Soto
1B Howie Kendrick
2B Asdrúbal Cabrera
C Kurt Suzuki
CF Victor Robles
P Patrick Corbin

Dodgers

1B David Freese
3B Justin Turner
LF A.J. Pollock
CF Cody Bellinger
2B Max Muncy
SS Corey Seager
RF Chris Taylor
C Will Smith
P Walker Buehler

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).