Milwaukee Brewers NLCS Game 5 Starting Lineup, Now With Less Mark Kotsay

Have you had your fill of veteran outfielder Mark Kotsay? Then, courtesy of Ron Roenicke, I may deliver good news! Kotsay ain't starting Friday night. He ain't starting at all. The players who are starting:

Corey Hart, RF
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B
Ryan Braun, LF
Prince Fielder*, 1B
Rickie Weeks, 2B
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
Carlos Gomez, CF
Jonathan Lucroy, C
Zack Greinke, SP

This is a very standard and unsurprising Brewers lineup; in fact, it's the exact same lineup the Brewers used in Game 1. And there's a reason for that - in both Game 1 and Game 5, the Brewers oppose Jaime Garcia. Cardinals southpaw Jaime Garcia, which is why Roenicke is starting the right-handed Gomez over the left-handed Nyjer Morgan (or the left-handed Kotsay). Platoon splits, and all that.

In Game 1, the Brewers lit up Garcia for six runs in four innings. The Brewers are not that good, and Garcia is not that bad, so one shouldn't expect a repeat performance. But the Brewers do have a solid lineup, if an unbalanced lineup, so Garcia will have his work cut out for him, as any pitcher facing the Brewers does.

Yuniesky Betancourt hitting sixth. On a playoff team. It sounds so absurd, but Betancourt does have a career .729 OPS against lefties. Which isn't particularly good, but it's enough.

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