Today the NLCS gets underway between the Dodgers and Braves, but first the Rays and Astros will play the Game 2 of their series, because some brain-genius decided the Dodgers-Braves are better TV, I guess? However, anyone who watched Game 1 of the ALCS would know the NLCS has a pretty high bar to clear. Like Game 5 of the ALDS, the Rays played another low-scoring, pitching-dominated game in which they got one key hit in the late innings to squeak them ahead of their opponent. And the author of that hit, an RBI single, was of course...former Mariner Mike Zunino.
I was kind of hoping if any long-tenured former Mariner finally had a shot at a ring it would be Félix, but Mike Z is pretty good, too.
Today’s Game 2 starts now on TBS. Here’s how the teams line up for this game. Charlie Morton will get the start for the Rays, while Lance McCullers and his dastardly curveball will try to even the series for Houston.
|George Springer - CF||Austin Meadows - DH|
|Jose Altuve - 2B||Brandon Lowe - 2B|
|Michael Brantley - DH||Randy Arozarena - LF|
|Alex Bregman - 3B||Ji-Man Choi - 1B|
|Kyle Tucker - LF||Manuel Margot - RF|
|Carlos Correa - SS||Joey Wendle - 3B|
|Yuli Gurriel - 1B||Willy Adames - SS|
|Josh Reddick - RF||Kevin Kiermaier - CF|
|Martin Maldonado - C||Mike Zunino - C|
|Lance McCullers - RHP||Charlie Morton - RHP|
Meanwhile, over in the NLCS, that game starts at 5:08 PT, but we already have lineups for it. The NLCS games will air on FS1 and after today, will start at 3:05 PT for Games 2 and 3. Just in time for us all to finish school, guys! Capri Sun and pizza bagels at my house.
|Ronald Acuna - CF||Mookie Betts - RF|
|Freddie Freeman - 1B||Corey Seager - SS|
|Marcell Ozuna - DH||Justin Turner - 3B|
|Travis d'Arnaud - C||Max Muncy - 1B|
|Ozzie Albies - 2B||Will Smith - C|
|Dansby Swanson - SS||Cody Bellinger - CF|
|Adam Duvall - LF||A.J. Pollock - DH|
|Nick Markakis - RF||Enrique Hernandez - 2B|
|Austin Riley - 3B||Chris Taylor - LF|
|Max Fried - LHP||Walker Buehler - RHP|