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Weekend LCS Open Thread

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ALCS Game 2 and NLCS Game 1 are both being played on Saturday. The NL will have Sunday all to itself for its Game 2.

Division Series - Houston Astros v Chicago White Sox - Game Three Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

You might be rooting for Team Meteor for the remainder of the postseason, or at least for the ALCS. The series will be continuing with an eye on finding a winner whether or not we like either team. That’s the way it goes.

When it comes to mild preference, I have to say I am most interested in the Red Sox losing. That’s an easy choice in any situation except for when the Red Sox are playing the Yankees. The Astros were undoubtedly cheaters, getting caught in an egregious scheme just based on what is known of it, which was probably not the whole scheme to begin with. The Red Sox were also cheaters. Perhaps they are cheating now in a different way. Whatever.

The schedule for the rest of the weekend is as follows:

  • ALCS Game 2, Red Sox at Astros, Saturday at 4:20 ET, Fox (under way as this post is being written, sorry)
  • NLCS Game 1, Dodgers at Braves, Saturday at 8:08 ET, TBS
  • NLCS Game 2, Dodgers at Braves, Sunday at 7:38 ET, TBS

Here are the lineups for the Saturday games:

Boston Red Sox

  1. Kyle Schwarber - 1B
  2. Enrique Hernandez - CF
  3. Rafael Devers - 3B
  4. Xander Bogaerts - SS
  5. Alex Verdugo - LF
  6. J. D. Martinez - DH
  7. Hunter Renfroe - RF
  8. Kevin Plawecki - C
  9. Christian Arroyo - 2B

The Red Sox turn to Nathan Eovaldi for the Game 2 start as they try to get even in the series.

Houston Astros

  1. Jose Altuve - 2B
  2. Michael Brantley - LF
  3. Alex Bregman - 3B
  4. Yordan Alvarez - DH
  5. Carlos Correa - SS
  6. Kyle Tucker - RF
  7. Yuli Gurriel - 1B
  8. Chas McCormick - CF
  9. Martin Maldonado - C

Starting for Houston is 24-year-old rookie Luis Garcia, who posted a 3.30 ERA in 30 games this season. Must be nice to find a good young pitcher.

Over in the National League...

Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. Mookie Betts - RF
  2. Trea Turner - 2B
  3. Corey Seager - SS
  4. Justin Turner - 3B
  5. Will Smith - C
  6. Albert Pujols - 1B
  7. AJ Pollock - LF
  8. Chris Taylor - CF
  9. Corey Knebel - P

It seems almost as if, given the way the baseball media world responded to Knebel as the opener in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Giants, they are trolling by having him open again to start the NLCS.

Atlanta Braves

  1. Eddie Rosario - LF
  2. Freddie Freeman - 1B
  3. Ozzie Albies - 2B
  4. Austin Riley - 3B
  5. Joc Pederson - RF
  6. Adam Duvall - CF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud - C
  8. Dansby Swanson - SS
  9. Max Fried - P

The Braves have not made it past the NLCS round since 1999.