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Hanley Ramirez will start Game 6 of the NLCS after all

Oct 18, 2013, 8:09 PM EDT

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In the words of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, shortstop Hanley Ramirez is “worse today”, tweets Jayson Stark. Ramirez has been playing with a cracked rib caused by a 95 MPH Joe Kelly fastball in the first inning of the first game of the NLCS. Ramirez has just two hits (both singles) in 16 trips to the plate in NLCS play after hitting Braves pitching at a .500 clip during the NLDS.

Mattingly was resigned to hoping Ramirez could pinch-hit at some point during Game 6, as Ramirez — at the time — didn’t  “feel like he can swing the bat right now”. Nick Punto was initially in the lineup to start in Ramirez’s place at shortstop, batting eighth, but Ramirez was added back into the lineup late.

The updated Dodger lineup for Game 6:

Carl Crawford, LF

Mark Ellis, 2B

Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

Hanley Ramirez, SS

Andre Ethier, CF

Yasiel Puig, RF

Juan Uribe, 3B

A.J. Ellis, C

Clayton Kershaw, P

The Cardinal lineup remains unchanged.

  1. Jeff M. - Oct 18, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    I don’t know if I like this or not. I’ll know for sure in about four hours.

  2. Anoesis - Oct 18, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    This could get ugly fast. First pitches by Wacha to first two Dodger batters were outside strike zone, but called strikes.

    First two pitches by Kershaw to Beltran were in strike zone, called balls.

  3. Anoesis - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    1-2 pitch to Uribe in the 3rd was a strike, called a ball. Maybe it’ll even out without anyone scoring runs they don’t deserve.

  4. jhaegs - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    LOLZ

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