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Astros, Rays lineups for ALDS Game 4

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We took a brief look at the pitching matchup in this game earlierJustin Verlander on short rest versus, oh, maybe seven Rays relievers if necessary — so now let’s see who they’re facing.

No surprise with the Astros apart from a flip-flop of Michael Brantley and José Altuve:

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Michael Brantley (L) LF
3. José Altuve (R) 2B
4. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
5. Yordan Álvarez (L) DH
6. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
7. Carlos Correa (R) SS
8. Josh Reddick (L) RF
9. Robinson Chirinos (R) C

For the Rays, Yandy Díaz, who left yesterday’s game with a sore foot, is not surprisingly absent:

1. Austin Meadows (L) LF
2. Tommy Pham (R) DH
3. Ji-Man Choi (L) 1B
4. Avisaíl García (R) RF
5. Brandon Lowe (L) 2B
6. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
7. Joey Wendle (L) 3B
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
9. Willy Adames (R) SS

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.