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Cardinals, Braves lineups for NLDS Game 2

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Last night was pretty ugly for both teams in Atlanta. Far uglier for the Braves, obviously, as they lost the dang game. Both sides are hoping for some crisper play this afternoon and evening, and here are the lineups they’re trotting out to do it:

The Cardinals provide no surprises. It’s identical to last night, save for a Wong/DeJong flip-flop:

1. Dexter Fowler (S) RF
2. Tommy Edman (S) 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
4. Marcell Ozuna (R) LF
5. Yadier Molina (R) C
6. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
7. Paul DeJong (R) SS
8. Harrison Bader (R) CF
9. Jack Flaherty (R) P

Contrary to what angry “play the game the right way” fans on Braves message boards were yelling for them to do last night, the Braves have made the savvy decision not to bench their best player, Ronald Acuña Jr.:

1. Ronald Acuna Jr. (R) CF
2. Ozzie Albies (S) 2B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
5. Nick Markakis (L) LF
6. Matt Joyce (L) RF
7. Brian McCann (L) C
8. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
9. Mike Foltynewicz (R) P

The more apt question is whether they can bench their bullpen because those guys, and not Acuña, had way more to do with Atlanta losing that game last night.

Things get underway in the Atlanta suburbs at 4:37 PM Eastern.

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.