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The Brewers last lost a game in September. The Dodgers dispatched the Braves fairly easily. They collide for the National League Championship Series starting tonight.

Baltimore Orioles v Minnesota Twins
They don’t wear these uniforms any more, and starting tonight, their new teams play one another.
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Are you ready for some more thrilling National League baseball? OK, I know, NL baseball cannot be thrilling by its very nature because pitchers batting is not even real baseball. But it’s all we’ve got on this Friday night and as the Brewers and the Dodgers begin their NLCS, the angle for Birdland is that Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop are on opposite sides.

To the rest of the world, this is barely even a relevant storyline to mention. Schoop, unfortunately, has hardly even been playing for Milwaukee lately - not that he’s been playing well enough to deserve it, but he was an Oriole and we like him, so it’s still a strike against the Brewers that Schoop sits.

The best of seven begins in Milwaukee. The Brewers, with a win, would be winners of their 12th straight game. This would apparently trigger a promotion by which everyone gets a free hamburger from some chain in the Milwaukee area, a promotion that I read has existed since the 1960s and last paid off in 1987. What a charming and quaint little story.

The Dodgers, whatever. They’re the big money titans of the west coast and in spite of that they still had to win a tiebreaker game just to win their division. If they make it to the World Series, ho-hum. Who cares. Bring us some interesting baseball for the next week and a half.

The starting lineup for the home team Brewers:

  1. Lorenzo Cain - CF
  2. Christian Yelich - RF
  3. Ryan Braun - LF
  4. Jesus Aguilar - 1B
  5. Hernan Perez - 2B
  6. Mike Moustakas - 3B
  7. Manny Pina - C
  8. Orlando Arcia - SS
  9. Gio Gonzalez - P

The lineup for the visiting Dodgers:

  1. Chris Taylor - LF
  2. Justin Turner - 3B
  3. David Freese - 1B
  4. Manny Machado - SS
  5. Matt Kemp - RF
  6. Enrique Hernandez - 2B
  7. Cody Bellinger - CF
  8. Yasmani Grandal - C
  9. Clayton Kershaw - P

Although I described the Dodgers as boring above, if Kershaw pitches like Kershaw at his best tonight, that would be interesting.