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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

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.