ALDS Games Five, NLDS Games Four, 2015

NLDS Early game: St. Louis at Chicago, 1:30PM PT, TV: TBS

Down two games to one, the Cardinals ask Game One starter John Lackey to keep them alive on three days rest. He was brilliant in Game One, going 7 1/3 innings, giving up two hits and no runs, walking one and striking out five. He’ll face Jason Hammel, who’ll be making his postseason debut. Hammel went 11 innings against the Cardinals during the regular season and gave up seven runs. He made four starts in September and averaged 4 1/3 innings in each one.

NLDS Late game: Dodgers at Mets, 5:00PM PT, TV: TBS

The Dodgers’ season rests once again on the shoulders of Clayton Kershaw, who will pitch on three days rest after throwing 112 pitches in a Game One loss on October 9. This will be the third postseason in a row in which he’s started a game on short rest. His opponent will be lefty Steven Matz, making his first start of the postseason. The rookie was 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA in 6 regular-season starts.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wait. It’s just the NL games today isn’t it? I think the AL plays their game 5’s tomorrow.

    • Audit

      Correct.

    • WBBsAs

      Yeah, today’s a travel day for the AL.

    • Bob_Hendley

      We should be able to get at least ten comments today from just commenting on this alone until Link comes back.

      • Well, fudge. I misread the MLB.com Gameday listings. It was 9:30pm!

        • WinnipegDave

          Mmmm fudge.

          • Nuts or Plain?

          • WinnipegDave

            Plain man. Plain all the way.

          • package206

            Your an ice cream man anyway, right?

          • WinnipegDave

            Life is better when it’s both and not just either or.
            So fudge and ice cream both rather than one or the other.

  • I won’t be around for a while as I’m being a taxi service.

  • WinnipegDave

    Realized we will have all the “fun” narratives at play today: Kershaw can’t win in the playoffs. Dodgers make rookie pitchers look like Cy Young winning, Hall of Fame players. Dodgers can’t beat winning teams.

  • Bumsrap

    DODGERS LINEUP
    Kiké Hernandez, cf
    Howie Kendrick, 2b
    Adrian Gonzalez, 1b
    Justin Turner, 3b
    Corey Seager, ss
    Yasiel Puig, rf
    A.J. Ellis, c
    Justin Ruggiano, lf
    Clayton Kershaw, p

    • Bumsrap

      I would be entertained more if Joc were in CF and Kike’ were in left.

      • WinnipegDave

        I see they have benched Ethier and put in Puig – in a possible elimination game! Reversal from last year!

        And yes, I would have liked to seen Joc in cf as well. But I like Ruggs in lf.

        • package206

          I like this lineup best. This statement can’t be considered negative. Ha!

        • Matz is a lefty, ergo no Ethier.

      • Audit

        Me too but I’m willing to give it a try. At least Crawford is in Purgatory. Hope that doesn’t get WBB upset…

        • WBBsAs

          I ignore imaginary places.

          • Audit

            Learning to ignore things is the key to getting along with people and having a happy life.

          • WBBsAs

            In certain cases, perhaps, but as a general rule certainly not.

  • WBBsAs

    John Lackey enjoying an early meltdown at Wrigley.

    • Bumsrap

      Could screenwriter Bob Gale have correctly predicted in the movie Back to the Future Part II that the Chicago Cubs would win the 2015 World Series?

      I will be a Cubs fan for the rest of the year if the Dodgers can’t get past the Mets.

      • WBBsAs

        In principle, no second- or third-place team belongs in the World Series.

        • Bumsrap

          Do you want to get rid of the Divisions and just go with the National League and the American League like it used to be?

          • Audit

            Deleted. Why bother?

          • Bumsrap

            I don’t follow.

          • Audit

            Trying to understand WBB’s hates or reason with him about them is an impossible job.

          • WBBsAs

            Two divisions in each works. I don’t mind the NLCS.

      • John_from_Aus

        If it can’t be us, I would love to see a Cubs v Astros world series

  • Corrected my embarrassing ALDS Games Five schedule mixup.

  • WBBsAs

    Meanwhile, from Chutley News Channel: https://twitter.com/BillShaikin/status/653976695398092800

  • foul tip

    Mike P of DoDi perspective on tonight:

    “I don’t fault the Dodgers for deciding to go with Clayton Kershaw on three days rest in Game 4. It’s better than relying on Alex Wood, right? And you can complain about how they didn’t go get a better third starter — as though the injuries to Brandon McCarthy or Hyun-jin Ryu never happened, or that David Price hasn’t been a playoff mess of his own, or that Johnny Cueto hasn’t scared the hell out of Royals fans, or that any of it would have been possible without surrendering Corey Seager — but that’s really not relevant right now. All you can do is go with what you’ve got. What the Dodgers have right now is the best pitcher on earth, not fully rested, and with a growing history of playoff failures.”

    Continues with a plan for handling CK and other elements of the game. Which is probably better than what DM will come up with.

    http://dodgersdigest.com/2015/10/13/the-clayton-kershaw-plan-for-game-4/

    • Bumsrap

      I didn’t click on the link but I would be very cautious in letting Kershaw go more than 90 pitches tonight.

      • John_from_Aus

        Hopefully up about 5-0 when that happens

  • Audit

    Hate having a game run over so we miss the start of the next game (Dodgers) as we did last night. No excuse for that. Actually we didn’t miss, they just started the broadcast on a different Channel, TNT, instead of TBS. I assume they have the right to do that, both channels are owned by same entity etc. The over run happens far too often. Why doesn’t baseball insist that they schedule and run the games entirely on two different channels? It would be smoother and easier for everyone. Even less disruptive to non-baseball-fan-viewers.

    • They can’t control the channels, but they can control the game times. Those are on MLB. So they could have moved the Cubs-Cards game to an earlier time yesterday (the Dodgers-Mets already started late, at 8:30PM ET, which I imagine is at least an hour if not 1 1/2 hours later than the usual time Mets games start).

  • WinnipegDave

    Cubs win! Cards out. And then there were 7.

  • WBBsAs

    I can’t feel sorry for the Cards but, on the other, a third-place team does not belong in the post-season.

    • WinnipegDave

      Especially third place teams that only won 97 games. Oh wait…

    • Bob_Hendley

      The Dodgers are a fourth place team.

      • WBBsAs

        Dodgers are a first-place team.

        • Bob_Hendley

          So, you are pure, but not that pure.

          • WBBsAs

            They won their division by eight games.

  • WBBsAs

    Reluctantly I will listen to Steiner as I watch the muted MLBTV feed, but I won’t like it.

  • WinnipegDave

    Feeling nervous.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      My main hope is for a true Kershawian game.

      • WBBsAs

        Kershavian.

    • package206

      I am not usually nervous but tonight I have the shakes.

  • WBBsAs

    Mute yourself, Steiner.

  • WinnipegDave

    Howie!

  • package206

    C’mon Kersh, settle down.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    He’s given up more walks in two games than he probably did in two months.

  • WBBsAs

    He does not look smooth so far.

  • package206

    Good Job, KiKi!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hopefully subsequent innings will be smoother/quicker for Kersh.

  • WinnipegDave

    1 pitch out. Very helpful.
    But Kershaw has already thrown 8 more pitches then Matz.

  • scooplew

    Very nervous. Almost can’t watch.

    • WinnipegDave

      I know. The playoffs are no picnic sometimes.

  • package206

    Tense, to say the least!

    • RBI

      Hey there, Package! Trying to remember to breathe out here.

  • RBI

    Just tuning in. A bundle of nerves. But glad to see the Cubbies beat the Cards.

    • package206

      Hey, I just got back and there you are.

  • WBBsAs

    I need a glass of wine. After this inning.

    • WinnipegDave

      What wine will you be drinking?

      • WBBsAs

        Tonight, a NZ Sauvignon Blanc called Nobilo. There are some pretty good wines out of BC, but hard to find here.

        It might amuse you that writers for the old National Lampoon, many of whom were Canadian, used to refer to it as “British Bolivia.”

        • WinnipegDave

          That does amuse me!

          • WBBsAs

            Not much of it online, but here’s a sample piece:

            Socialist Pulls a Quicky

            David Barrett, socialist dictator of Canada’s most western state, British Bolivia, recently called an election. In return for NatLampCo support, the politician allegedly promised: (I) He would get the magazine back onto the racks on the government ferries from whence it was banned for repeated naughtiness; (2) He would “stop wrecking the economy”; (3) He would hang several local merchants who had overcharged an American tourist We support and continue to support this fine socialist.

  • WinnipegDave

    That was a good inning for Kershaw. Keep your tempo going my friend!

  • scooplew

    Let’s get some runs and quiet the crowd a bit as well.

  • WinnipegDave

    Okay Kiké let’s show you belong.

  • WinnipegDave

    AGon with a chance to do some damage.

    • And did!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Seems that he broke his bat.

      • Bumsrap

        I’ll buy him a new one

      • WBBsAs

        I expect he’d trade a broken bat for an RBI every day.

  • WinnipegDave

    AGon’s hit: Not handsome but certainly handy.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Justin!

    • WinnipegDave

      Oh yes!

  • Bumsrap

    Agon scores from first. Flying around the bases.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ha!

  • WBBsAs

    Don’t stop now!

    • Bumsrap

      I was hoping they wouldn’t leave it at 3

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice to have Red Thunder come through again!

    • Bumsrap

      I bet he loves that he did it against his old team that let him go

  • Now get these guys out and get back to the offense and keep it up. I’d like about ten runs, please.

    • Bumsrap

      Prefer 13 +1

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager. So cool.

  • 10-pitch inning. That’s good to see.

  • WinnipegDave

    Curve not there yet for Clayton.

    • Bumsrap

      Something to look forward to

      • WinnipegDave

        Indeed!

    • package206

      Hey Dave, guess what, Momma’s in the house.

      • WinnipegDave

        And hopefully happy!

  • package206

    AJ!!

    • WinnipegDave

      New Dodger postseason hitting streak record.

  • WinnipegDave

    Whenever Cespedes’ name comes up I somehow always think of Seinfeld and Festivus. And think “a Cespedes for the rest of us”.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just back from walking my dog at the park — just like we did last night when the Dodgers score three.
    But the difference was Kersh — he had a shutdown inning . . . and he started and allowed the LA rally.

    Go, Blue!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Feel free to take him for another spin around the park.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        He’ll be happy to hear that prescription!

  • Oh rats.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just as I thought to myself – man Kershaw has not given up any…

    • WBBsAs

      Murphy had one HR off a LHP all year. He has two off Kershaw.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seeing the replay on that HR. It just hit the top of the fence. Otherwise, Murphy would have been left standing on second at the end of the inning after his double. 🙂

    • Bob_Hendley

      Stupid fence.

      • WinnipegDave

        Almost wonder if Puig held up thinking he could try and play it off the wall.

  • Bumsrap

    Kike” should be running. Matz isn’t paying attention to him. He ran on first move last time.

    • Bumsrap

      Steal second, move to third on Kendrick’s fly ball, score on Agon’s grounder.

      • WBBsAs

        DM’s playing conservative again.

      • Bob_Hendley

        AGon probably gets a hit with the infield in.

        • WBBsAs

          Counter-factual history.

    • scooplew

      Agree.

  • RBI

    Okay, AGon. Do what you do!

  • Argh! Two left on! More runs, more runs!

  • Bumsrap

    Note to Seager. Umpire has been calling that outside pitch a strike all night long

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice to get a full and scoreless three more innings from Kershaw.

  • WinnipegDave

    Curve is coming around.

    • Bumsrap

      Pun intended I assume

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha – no it wasn’t. But once I figured out what the pun was it made me laugh that I said that.

  • RBI

    Colon again. They were threatening with DeGrom.

  • WBBsAs

    Puig is very rusty.

  • Bumsrap

    Rusty Puig, sounds like a new mixed drink

  • WinnipegDave

    Feeling nervous again.
    Not scoring more runs is not helping.

    • RBI

      Exactly how I feel. May need to take a little stroll or something.

  • scooplew

    Not a good inning vs. Colon.

  • Granderson, Wright, Murphy. Scary.

    • WBBsAs

      Their lineup is not impressive.

      • WinnipegDave

        Is that the wine talking?

        • RBI

          Wine? No fair!

          • WinnipegDave

            WBB is enjoying a glass tonight I think.

          • RBI

            I shall enjoy it vicariously, then.

      • 13 runs yesterday. I’m impressed. 😉

    • RBI

      Not for our Kersh, apparently.

    • Bumsrap

      Scary for Anderson and Wood maybe. Getting a little cocky aren’t I.

      • Hush, son. We don’t want to rattle the chains, do we?

        • RBI

          Good point. Their whole lineup is scary…

          • Then there are the Cubs, waiting. Those kids are scary.

  • Runs, Dodgers, runs. Please get more runs.

    • WinnipegDave

      Agreed.

  • RBI

    How does Colon have a 6.00 ERA? He’s done nothing but strike us out!

    • Bumsrap

      And Joc’s not even in the lineup, though I wish he were.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Well, that didn’t work out.

    • RBI

      Waste of a single, for sure.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Counter factual – grounds into a normal DP.

  • RBI

    Howie!!!! No!!!!

  • Bumsrap

    What would Utley have done if he were running instead of Kike’?

  • WBBsAs

    It’s the middle of the seventh, and time to mute the sound for Dog Bless America.

    • Bumsrap

      Really?

      • WBBsAs

        Worst song ever.

  • WinnipegDave

    7th inning. Let’s get 3 outs quickly. Please.

  • Bumsrap

    Okay, it’s the 7th

  • Bumsrap

    Oh geez

  • No worries, mate!

    • John_from_Aus

      Sounds a bit Aussie to me 🙂

  • Jack Dawkins

    Reaches for the Jameson…

  • RBI

    I literally can’t watch. Keep me posted, guys…

    • Bob_Hendley

      No peeking!

      • RBI

        No peeking. Promise.

    • scooplew

      I have stepped away as well. Doing some work on my computer and peeking at this site. It’s too much to bear.

    • Bob_Hendley

      foul out and flyout so far.

      • RBI

        So two down and one on?

        • Bob_Hendley

          yes

          • RBI

            Okay….

          • Bob_Hendley

            3 down!

          • RBI

            Thank you! And thank you, Clayton!

    • Bumsrap

      Okay, you can watch again, for another half inning

      • RBI

        You know me well.

  • Bumsrap

    Double play please

  • Bumsrap

    Thank you Mr. Turner

  • Phew!

  • RBI

    Three out? Yes!!!!

  • RBI

    If I were a biter of nails, I’d have none left.

  • RBI

    Glad to be done with Colon.

  • 94 pitches for Clayton.

    • WBBsAs

      Moderate pitch count.

  • John_from_Aus

    just tuned it at work, this looks better, but lots of nerves I see 🙂

  • Bob_Hendley

    Start another or go with Hatch?

    • WBBsAs

      I’d start him, but have someone ready.

    • Bumsrap

      Before the game started I would not have of hesitated to say go with Hatcher but Kershaw looks good…

      • Bob_Hendley

        thinking the same.

    • John_from_Aus

      maybe see if he can get 2 more outs and then go Jansen for a 4 out save. It’s a fine line to tread with 94 pitches on 3 days rest.

      • Bob_Hendley

        two outs brings up Granderson. Maybe Avilan?

        • Bob_Hendley

          or since a lefty just keep Clayton in, no?

          • Avilan would be a fresh lefty. Clayton has to be a little tired after 90+ pitches on 3 days rest, whether he’d admit it or not.

          • Bob_Hendley

            So with Hatch, we probably see Avilan and then Jansen for Wright, right?

  • RBI

    It would be nice if we could SCORE here!

  • WinnipegDave

    Just had a short Skype work call and missed all the fun!
    It’s the 8th inning!

  • RBI

    Over to you, Bob.

    • Bob_Hendley

      ready.

  • Jack Dawkins

    The ball to Turner was hit hard, and the fly to center was deep. I would say it is at best batter to batter for Kershaw.

  • Hatcher in, Seager to third, Rollins to short.

    • RBI

      Oh lordie.

      • Bob_Hendley

        One down

        • RBI

          Takes a deep breath in and out.

          • Bob_Hendley

            two down

          • RBI

            Breathe, RBI! Breathe!

          • Bob_Hendley

            Granderson walks, Wright up

          • RBI

            Dang.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Kenley in.

          • RBI

            Whoa.

          • John_from_Aus

            good move I think

          • RBI

            I hope so. I truly do hope so.

          • RBI

            It’s Granderson, right? Our nemesis…

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hatch it is.

  • John_from_Aus

    Hatcher it is

  • WBBsAs

    I would have stayed with Kershaw, but I can’t say Mattingly is wrong to pull him.

    • RBI

      He did his job.

      • John_from_Aus

        now lets get him a playoff win

  • RBI

    Hope Hatch is on tonight.

  • John_from_Aus

    one down, five to go

    • WinnipegDave

      2 and 4.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Asking Kenley to get 4.

  • I don’t remember how Kenley does with inherited runners. Does anyone?

    • Bob_Hendley

      He ignores them.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Whatever it is, it is a small sample size.

  • WBBsAs

    I would stick with Hatcher. Hanley not great with inherited runners.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hope this works out.

  • Bumsrap

    Is everybody having to watch a Viagra ad?

  • WinnipegDave

    It’s Kenley in the ninth that I worry about.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Why?

      • WinnipegDave

        The break between innings.

        • WinnipegDave

          And the pitch count.

        • Bob_Hendley

          He won’t know where to sit?

  • RBI

    I’m dying a slow death out here…

    • WinnipegDave

      Keep on breathing.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ump is real squeezy.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Foul tip!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Replay from the first base side shows a foul tip.

    • RBI

      So, out three?

      • Jack Dawkins

        Ump said no, Wright walked.

        • RBI

          What!?!?!

      • WinnipegDave

        Absolutely.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Can’t review balls and strikes.

  • Bumsrap

    Ellis looked like he took charge at that meeting on the mound

  • RBI

    I’ve officially stopped breathing.

  • John_from_Aus

    kids back in to class in 8 minutes, this will kill me (I’ll just have to peek at the score on my I pad at my desk)

    • RBI

      Who needs school? We need you!

      • John_from_Aus

        27 grade 4 students will wonder what I am doing 🙂

        • WinnipegDave

          A little mystery is good for their young hearts and minds.

        • Bob_Hendley

          They won’t even miss you!

        • Bumsrap

          This isn’t the World Series but when I was in the fourth grade we listened to the world series. Let them watch.

        • scooplew

          Send them out for recess?

          • John_from_Aus

            they are just coming back after lunch, but they would probably like the idea

    • Quick, someone figure out how to text John!

  • Bumsrap

    Getting our money’s worth

  • Jack Dawkins

    Lazy fly to Puig

    • John_from_Aus

      Nice!

  • RBI

    Arghhh!!!!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Kenley at 14 pitches. How many batters will he handle in 9th?

    • John_from_Aus

      all of them

  • A lot scarier than I like.

  • scooplew

    I could barely handle that inning. How am I supposed to handle the 9th?

    • John_from_Aus

      you could teach my class

      • RBI

        Scary idea, but less scary than this.

    • WinnipegDave

      9th should get easier as it moves towards the bottom of the lineup.

      • See above.

      • WBBsAs

        4-5-6 hitters

        • WinnipegDave

          Better than 2-3-4

    • RBI

      Immediately, it seems.

  • Cespedes, D’Arnaud and Duda in the 9th for the Mets.

    • John_from_Aus

      strikeout, strikeout, groundout

    • Bumsrap

      Puig, Ellis, and Ethier for the Dodgers

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig could bring us all a little relief.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Wow, Citi field is dead silent now.

    • Bumsrap

      Keep it that way

  • John_from_Aus

    the bell!!

    • WinnipegDave

      It tolls for thee!

  • RBI

    Wayyyy too quick an inning. I guess at least Kenley is still warmed up.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Dodgers wasted no time at bat to close it out. Put in Joc now I should think.

    • Bumsrap

      He has been sitting all game. I wouldn’t put him in now.

      • WBBsAs

        I would. Best defensive outfielder.

      • Jack Dawkins

        Kiki dint look good on long routes in center last night.

      • Bob_Hendley

        He’ll take to center like a duck to water. It’s what he does.

    • Bumsrap

      You were right

  • Fingers crossed.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Puig still not running well, Id move Kiki to Left, Either to right, put in Joc.

    • RBI

      Joc is in.

  • scooplew

    Top of the 9th way too fast. Worrisome.

    • RBI

      As if the last several innings weren’t?

  • WinnipegDave

    We got this.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Cespedes gone on 3 pitches, he was the big worry I should think.

    • RBI

      Thank heaven he’s gone. Two to go.

      • WBBsAs

        One.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Geronimo mowing them down!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Another K, but this one took 4 pitches.

  • WinnipegDave

    Got him. Who predicted k, k, GO?

    • John_from_Aus

      It was me!! ( I better go)

  • RBI

    Is it possible?????

  • Bumsrap

    I’m thinking Greinke at Dodger Stadium.

  • Bob_Hendley

    and Joc cradles it!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Love the silence of CiTi!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Weak fly to Joc to close it out in Citi morgue.

    • WBBsAs

      They hold my morgue-age.

  • RBI

    We won? We WIN? WOO-HOO!!!!!!

  • WBBsAs

    I’m going for a long, strenuous bike ride tomorrow to work off the anxiety.

  • Bumsrap

    I didn’t see a monkey on Kershaw’s back as he joined the team on the infield or in his interview.

    • Audit

      The monkey posted here several times tonight.

      • RBI

        Ha! This monkey hid in her banana tree.

  • Bumsrap

    I thought we all handled that well.

  • I will be a lot less surly while cooking and serving dinner this evening and sleep a lot better tonight after this win than had we lost.

    • RBI

      Me too, Winnipeg Dave. Me, too.

      • WinnipegDave

        Me three RBI. Me three.

  • So we’ll be the only game on Thursday. Good. I can’t mess up the post with extraneous and incorrect info, then.

    • Audit

      What, you’re not already worried about Clayton starting the next series on 3 days rest again?

  • RBI

    Jansen is on the radio. He is pumped!

  • Bumsrap

    I wonder if the debates got viewers from LA and NY

    • RBI

      Debates? What debates!

      • Bumsrap

        Exactly

  • RBI

    KJ says he was prepared to get six outs if necessary.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Soo happy for Kersh.
    If he doesn’t get that hit in the 3rd, they don’t score.
    If he’s not pitching, Mets probably DO score (more).
    Redemption for Kid K . . . hope for the Blue!

  • RBI

    Thank you, all of you, for getting me through this game. Seriously.

    • WinnipegDave

      You rock RBI. We need you as much as you need us…

  • WinnipegDave

    And now at least the top five comment filled Elysian Fields’ posts have at least 1 win in their bunch. My guess is that before this thread is all said and done it will end up being very close to the 2nd most commented post this year.

    • John_from_Aus

      shall I keep writing random comments to extend the record 🙂

      • WinnipegDave

        We are far off from the top record – set last night – so any comments we add shouldn’t really appear to be just number pushing!

        • RBI

          Okay. I’ll be good. I am watching the game now, by the way. Much less stressful this way. (What a play by Turner in the seventh to get the third out!)

          • WinnipegDave

            None of the stress, still most of the excitement, and all of the enjoyment. Sounds fun to me!

          • RBI

            Exactly. And no Viagra ads.

  • RBI

    My son preordered tickets for Thursday! I’ll have to watch! No hiding allowed in the stadium!

    • WinnipegDave

      Well timed trips to the concession kiosk?

  • RBI

    What I feel best about, is a win for Kershaw. What I feel second best about, is making this a series. What I feel third best about, is bringing the team back home!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Totally agree with the priorities!

  • WinnipegDave

    So St. Louis is the only team to play on the road this postseason and not win at least one game. And that is why they are the first team to be eliminated in the DS round.

  • RBI

    Just saw the foul tip. Ellis was fuming, and rightfully so.

    • WinnipegDave

      Oh yes I think I remember that. As I recall, that was a particularly stressful time to be a Dodger fan. History is so fascinating once you know how things turn out!

  • RBI

    …and how about AJ this series?

  • In addition to Gonzalez’s “speed,” “Tuesday’s RBI single gave Gonzalez four straight postseason games with an RBI, tied for second-longest streak by a Dodger. The longest streak was a five-game run by Manny Ramirez in 2008, all in the National League Championship Series against Philadelphia.”

  • Bob_Hendley

    Great to see the 2-3-4 nucleus up and running, Kendrick, Gonzalez and Justin (better known as Howie, Wowie and Kerplowie) at OPS .941, .915 and 1.233.

  • Bob_Hendley

    A bit of a grimace on JT’s face in fielding the grounder going down on his knee. Seager replaces him. At the end of the game he jogs sort of gingerly out of the dugout to join the on-field celebration.

    • WinnipegDave

      Noticed that as well.

  • Audit

    If we win tomorrow, a big “if”, I don’t like the thought of starting Clayton again Saturday on three days rest, but I like the idea of using Anderson or Wood even less; Are there any other alternatives? What about Frias? Remember we could, and should, make roster changes before Saturday.

    • WBBsAs

      Kershaw will not be going on three days’ rest again. In the NLCS, Kershaw and Greinke would be throwing games two and three, and six and seven, with normal rest. I would go with either Anderson or Wood, both of whom are better at Dodger Stadium, but have the pen ready. With built-in days off, overworking the pen is not the issue it is in the regular season.

      • Bob_Hendley

        It’s actually Wood who has the better (mucho mejor) splits at home. On the other hand, he seems more apt for possible relief role in that game, if things go south for Anderson.

      • Audit

        For me, the choice between Wood and Anderson is easy. I don’t want to ever see Anderson again.

        • Bob_Hendley

          It won’t help in your distaste for Anderson and doesn’t mean much going into the next game, but there is empirical evidence that if you are going to be an average pitcher (such as Anderson) over the long run you give your team a better chance of winning if the variation around the average is large. With these sorts of pitchers (Anderson might be one, if you run his numbers) you need to learn to hold your nose and wait for the next start.

          • Audit

            The advantage in being a mere fan and not otherwise involved in the business, I can indulge my prejudices. Winning isn’t everything.

          • Audit

            I think this type of pitcher might require a more intelligent manager, one who can tell quickly which pitcher he is that day and give him the hook quickly if necessary, before too much damage is done. That is not a description of DM.
            Edit: Let me modify that. He is too slow to decide his starters don’t have it that day, and too quick to change relief pitchers after giving up one hit or a walk. One hit or a walk on the first batter proves nothing, a pitcher might have a little trouble acclimating to the game, and luck is also a factor. If he went with the starter 10, 15, 20 batters, the reliever should have 2 or 3 batters before deciding if he has it today or not.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Honey should know by now. During the season, it’s probably more of a case of what the heck are the alternatives.

          • foul tip

            Don’t know how a manager could tell. In his first playoff start, Anderson looked like a world-beater in his first inning, then either lost it or the Mets figured him out almost instantly (don’t think he’d ever faced them). Or both.

            Hard to know how anyone could tell “much damage” was imminent. But it sure was.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Or Joc wasn’t in cf to track down the ball…

        • Bumsrap

          I would like to see Wood. He has pitched his best at Dodger Stadium and is more likely to be a Dodger next year. I like his age as well.

          I like pulling for a young player more than I like cheering for a veteran unless that veteran came out of the Dodger organization and thrived as a Dodger or had an entertaining personality. Examples would be Loney, Kemp, and Martin.

          I am okay with rented players. Sometimes they are needed to bridge the time before a prospect is ready. But if the rental is at the end of their career and has played mostly with one other team, I don’t feel like they are really a Dodger.

          Anderson doesn’t fit into one of those categories so here is a new one. I like fast, athletic players and Anderson isn’t.

  • WBBsAs

    Brisbee respects Kershaw, but still wants to annoy Dodger fans: http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2015/10/14/9530683/clayton-kershaw-postseason-playoffs

  • Audit

    http://dodgersdigest.com/2015/10/14/how-do-the-dodgers-assemble-an-outfield-for-nlds-game-5-mets/ Mike worries about the Dodger outfield tomorrow night. And well he might. Mr. Schebler would be handy to have but, alas… I’d go with Ethier, Pederson, and Kiki but DM will probably go with Crawford, the walking disaster, instead of Pederson.

    • Bumsrap

      This would be my lineup:

      LF Hernandez
      RF Ethier
      3B Turner
      1B Gonzales
      2B Kendirck
      SS Seager
      C Ellis
      CF Pederson

      Although it would be fun for me to see Seager and Pederson hitting back to back.

      • Audit

        That can be arranged.
        Hernandez
        Pederson
        Seager
        Turner
        Gonzales
        Kendrick
        Ethier
        Ellis
        Greinke
        But it’ll never happen. DM loves those little righty-lefty turn-around-things too much. Plus he don’t want all those young fellows, the nucleus of our future team, hanging out together.

        • Bumsrap

          I would enjoy watching that lineup regardless of how well they did, which can’t be much worse than the 8 innings the Dodgers didn’t score in last night’s game.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            But luckily Zack will be in the lineup, an even better hitting pitcher than Kersh (who started the only run-scoring inning) So perhaps the #9 spot is the most important?

  • NPUT ALDS Games Five

  • I didn’t know this: there are three musical numbers between the top and bottom of the 7th inning at Citi Field. Not just GBA and TMOTTB but a third I’ve never heard of.

  • package206

    My lineup preference for Gm 5

    Pederson CF
    Hernandez LF
    AGon 1B
    Kendrick 2B
    Seager SS
    Turner 3B
    Ethier RF
    Ellis C
    Grenike P

    I know, I know, what the heck is this coming from Package? I feel that leading off Pederson would give him huge confidence, especially from Donnie. Plus, him leading off would bring memories of the early season, his great defense and whether he hits or not, he can walk. Get me WBB.