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Needing only one win to head back to the World Series Yolmer Sanchez Jersey , the Dodgers will send Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound in game 6."For the first time since July 30, 2016, David Freese will be the leadoff hitter. For the 35-year-old, this will be the fourth time in his career he’s led off a game, and probably none more important than tonight’s contest. With a win, the Dodgers will head back to the World Series for the second consecutive year. This move comes after Milwaukee’s decision to pull Wade Miley after one batter on Wednesday. Though this isn’t likely to happen again, Dave Roberts wants to at least ensure Freese gets one at-bat against a lefty today. “It’s more of still loving David’s at-bat quality and like him against Miley and just being able to see him a couple of times, depending on how the game goes,” Roberts said. “And I think that we’ve got some balance in there. David’s fine with hitting lead-off and understanding nothing with his approach changes.”A name not in the lineup is Kik茅 Hernandez, who has cemented himself into an everyday starting role against left-handers. It’s an interesting move, as Cody Bellinger (.226 AVG) and Chris Taylor (.232) have had more struggles at the plate this year against left-handers than Hernandez (.260).However, out of the three, there’s no question Kik茅’s bat has been the coldest. He doesn’t have a hit in his last 12 plate appearances, and he’s 2-for-22 (.091) this postseason. “He’s prepared, not getting the results,” Roberts said. “But I still expect him to make an impact on today’s game. And I just like the way that Yasiel’s at-bats have been. I like him out there. So it’s just kind of the optionality of having Kik茅 off the bench and Yasi in this particular matchup.”Bellinger got off to a slow start, but has found success over the last two games, going 3-for-7, as well as delivering the game-winning hit in game 4. Taylor has been one of LA’s best hitters in October, hitting .333 with an OPS of .988.Yet again Adam Engel Jersey , Austin Barnes gets the start instead of Yasmani Grandal. “I think that he’s really catching well,” Roberts said. “He’s having really good at-bats. Still have Yasmani’s bat off the bench is a plus with their bullpen. But I think right now Austin makes sense.”Barnes has hits in back-to-back games, including bringing in the game-tying run in game 5. “It says a lot about his perseverance and not letting this down year offensively get to him at this point in the season. And he’s prepared so well all year long consistently. And the thing for me is that his defense has never wavered or been compromised. That right there speaks to his character and makeup. And at the most critical time in the box he’s the most confident he’s been in quite some time.”Hitting cleanup yet again will be Manny Machado. It will be interesting to see the reception he receives tonight. In LA, Machado was involved in multiple altercations, some that the Brewers didn’t take too lightly. Machado was hit by a pitch last game, but with a runner on-base, it’s unclear if they were trying to “retaliate” or if a pitch actually got away. It will definitely be an interesting storyline to follow nonetheless. Are the Reds seriously seeking a catching upgrade?"Let’s get one thing out of the way before we dig too much deeper here: the Mat Latos trade was nothing sort of a massive success for the Cincinnati Reds. Yonder Alonso wasn’t going to play ahead of Joey Votto, and hasn’t been worth Votto’s high socks since the deal. Similarly, Latos proved to be a clear upgrade over Edinson Volquez in the great rotations of 2012-2013, and even did so at a much cheaper salary. Brad Boxberger had a few great moments, but it’s hard to truly cry foul about losing a reliever who’s been worth a grand total of 1.8 bWAR in 7 years since the deal.The lone real qualm one could have with the deal was the decision to keep Devin Mesoraco over Yasmani Grandal at the time, though even Mesoraco’s case could be chalked up to freak injuries instead of mere underperformance. So, when you see a national writer like Jon Heyman continually refer to that 2011 swap as ‘ill-fated,’ know that’s frankly a big pile of bull honkey.It’s worth noting, though, that Heyman’s most recent ill-fated reference to that trade being ‘ill-fated’ came late last week in his Inside MLB Notes column at Fancred, one that included that the Reds have inquired about Grandal in free agency.In a vacuum, that’s a pretty harmless rumor. Grandal is the best free agent catcher on the market at the moment, and it’d be silly for any team not to check in with his camp to see what it is he’s looking for. Add-in that Grandal was drafted by the Reds under then-GM Walt Jocketty - who is still a part of the front office - and that he thrived under current Reds hitting coach Turner Ward when Ward was with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and it becomes a tad bit juicier.Of course http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , it’s not even the first catching rumor the Reds have surfaced in so far this winter, either, as they’ve also been continually linked with Miami Marlins All Star J.T. Realmuto, along with many other teams. And while you may well be able to chalk up the inquiry about Grandal as former acquaintances checking in on one another, the Realmuto news paired with the Grandal inquiry certainly makes it appear that the Reds might have interest in revamping their catching situation.Considering Tucker Barnhart was only signed to his four-year contract extension a little over one year ago - and has banked a Gold Glove since signing it - that’s a bit of an odd revelation, especially given how reasonable the dollar amount on Barnhart’s deal is. Obviously, that begs the chicken/egg question - are the Reds actively looking to upgrade from Barnhart, or are other teams so interested in acquiring Barnhart in a bigger deal that the Reds are trying to figure out what it would cost to replace him?The Cleveland Indians, for instance, have long been trying to trim payroll while maintaining a club capable of competing for another World Series appearance, and that has led to them letting Michael Brantley walk in free agency, shipping Yan Gomes to Washington, and doing everything they could to shed a few million bucks in their swap of Carlos Santana for Edwin Encarnacion. On top of that, they’re still consistently atop the rumor mill with Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer on the block, a trade of each likely significantly reducing their 2019 payroll while bringing back big-league pieces. Kluber, in particular, has been of interest to the Reds for obvious reasons, and considering the Cleveland catching depth chart now consists of the incredibly lackluster Roberto Perez and Eric Haase in the wake of the Gomes deal - and that of Francisco Mejia to San Diego last trade deadline - perhaps Tucker is a prime piece Cleveland would desire as part of any Kluber package.To me, it seems the latter scenario is one that’s much more likely to be behind the Reds exploring the top end of the catching market. Though Barnhart’s pitch framing numbers have ranked among the worst in the game (Grandal’s have been the best, coincidentally) Lucas Giolito Jersey , he’s otherwise an incredible defender, his pitch blocking skills and ability to control the run game among the best around. He hits just enough to make for a pretty solid option back there, and at a total cost of just about $11.5 million total for the next three years (with an option for a fourth), he’s precisely the kind of bargain for every cost-conscious team out there. In other words, obviously most every team out there should have interest in him, and if he’s the kind of piece the Reds can use to land elite pitching - especially in a year where their payroll can absorb a high-priced catching replacement if needed - that’s an avenue they should realistically explore.Grandal would certainly be a pricey back-fill at catcher, to be sure. He’s average 22 dingers a year over the last four seasons, owns a career 115 OPS+, and has those previously mentioned pitch-framing numbers supporting his case. He has seemingly moved past the torn ACL and PED suspension from his earlier days - his 2018 OPS+ of 121 actually being a career best mark - and despite his struggles in the 2018 postseason he still stands to land a four-year contract that would likely be the priciest free agent deal in Reds history. It is worth noting that he’s spent a decent bit of time playing 1B in his career - 50 games in the big leagues - so he could, in theory, also help take a bit of playing time pressure off Joey Votto as Votto inches into his late 30’s, and do so with significantly better offensive production there than what the Reds could expect from Barnhart and Curt Casali.Given the acquisition of Tanner Roark and Friday’s blockbuster deal for Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, and Matt Kemp from the Dodgers, it’s clear the Reds have every intention of reshaping this roster to the best of their ability. Catcher doesn’t exactly jump off the page as an obvious need - Tucker Barnhart ranks 15th in total fWAR over the last two years among the 29 MLB catchers with at least 600 PA in that time - but there is still room for some improvement there, especially if there’s another team out there that truly covets Barnhart and his team-friendly contract.
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