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League Championship Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Milwaukee Brewers - Game One
Maybe Jonathan Schoop will actually play tonight.
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A World Series date with the Red Sox awaits the winners of the Brewers-Dodgers series. All people of good taste and strong moral character will be rooting for whichever team is going to play those same Red Sox; that’s just obvious. The winner could be decided tonight: If the Dodgers win, this series is over, too, and there will be no more baseball until Tuesday.

One thing that the Brewers have going for them is that the series is returning to their home turf tonight. Well, that’s only something that’s going for them if they manage to take advantage of this. It is, of course, not guaranteed that the home team wins in the playoffs. Ask the Astros, who just lost three in a row at home. And the Brewers only split the two games they played in Milwaukee before.

The lineup for the visiting Dodgers:

  1. David Freese - 1B
  2. Max Muncy - 2B
  3. Justin Turner - 3B
  4. Manny Machado - SS
  5. Cody Bellinger - CF
  6. Chris Taylor - LF
  7. Yasiel Puig - RF
  8. Austin Barnes - C
  9. Hyun-jin Ryu - P

If only Bellinger and Taylor were switched in the lineup, the 1-7 spots would be batting in the same order that their positions go on a scorecard. It would have meant nothing, but it would have been cool. Note Austin Barnes at catcher again; things haven’t gone so well for the other Dodgers catcher, Yasmani Grandal.

And batting for the home team Brewers, at least to begin:

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

Miley is really starting this game, or so the Brewers say. The one-batter stunt from game 5 was amusing but ultimately not very meaningful, since the Brewers lost the game. If Miley gets obliterated tonight and the Brewers lose the series, it will barely even register as a footnote.