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Saturday NLCS/ALCS open thread

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The Brewers and Dodgers played a thrilling Game 1 yesterday, with another game on tap for today. The Red Sox and Astros begin the ALCS later on Saturday night.

Divisional Round - Cleveland Indians v Houston Astros - Game One Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

After a division series round that was not always packed with excitement, you couldn’t have hoped for much better than the drama from the Brewers and Dodgers on Friday night. In the end the teams were separated by one run and the game ended with the tying run for LA on third base.

Sure, it took four hours, but it was a fun game and the result meant that a whole lot of people in Milwaukee are going to get some free hamburgers. The National League teams are back in action this afternoon starting at about 4:00, because of course any game involving the Red Sox must be the “prime time” game. The ALCS starts at about 8:00.

In fairness, that is a marquee matchup there. The Red Sox and Astros won 108 and 103 games, respectively, in the regular season. Justin Verlander is starting for the defending world champions, while Chris Sale gets the ball for Boston. That’s a couple of top-flight starting pitchers in the game right now. But still, ew, Boston.

As for the Dodgers and Brewers, it’s a bit less exciting of a matchup: Hyun-Jin Ryu for LA with Wade Miley pitching for Milwaukee. Although I know on a rational level that it’s not like Miley chose to pitch poorly in Baltimore, I can’t stop myself from taking it personally that he went elsewhere and found success.

Perhaps, as Dan Duquette says, he was prevented from employing analytics that would have made Miley a good pitcher here. I know this is a real possibility - that when you get down to it, the Brewers put him in a position where he could succeed in a way that the Orioles did not. Yet it will still be annoying if I watch him dominating in the postseason for some NL team after all the times I watched him get lit up here.

Anyway, here’s the starting lineup for the home team Brewers, up 1-0 in the best of seven series:

  1. Lorenzo Cain - CF
  2. Christian Yelich - RF
  3. Ryan Braun - LF
  4. Jesus Aguilar - 1B
  5. Mike Moustakas - 3B
  6. Travis Shaw - 2B
  7. Erik Kratz - C
  8. Orlando Arcia - SS
  9. Wade Miley - P

And for the Dodgers:

  1. Chris Taylor - CF
  2. Justin Turner - 3B
  3. David Freese - 1B
  4. Manny Machado - SS
  5. Matt Kemp - LF
  6. Enrique Hernandez - 2B
  7. Yasiel Puig - RF
  8. Austin Barnes - C
  9. Hyun-Jin Ryu - P