Divisional Series AL Games Two, NL Games One, 2016

Beginning at 10:00AM PT, there are four Division Series games on tap this Friday. First is Game Two of the Blue Jays-Rangers series, then at 1:30PM PT it’s Game Two of the Red Sox-Indians series. Next at 2:30PM PT is Game One of the Dodgers-Nationals NLDS, and then to close the day out Game One of the Giants-Cubs NLDS begins at 6:00PM PT.

Toronto at Texas, TV: TBS, SportsNet

The Jays start LHP J.A. Happ (20-4, 3.18 ERA), who ended the season with a rush, putting up a 2.35 ERA over his last five starts. He’ll face RHP Yu Darvish (7-5, 3.41 ERA), who’s 3-2 with a 2.45 ERA in seven starts against Toronto. Darvish finished strongly too, allowing one run and five hits with 21 strikeouts in 13 innings in wins over the A’s and Rays to end his regular season.

Boston at Cleveland, TV: TBS

The Red Sox send LHP David Price (17-9, 3.99 ERA) to the hill to face RHP Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.14 ERA). Price has been an ace everywhere he’s pitched, but in the postseason he’s been unable to replicate his regular season performances. He’s 2-7 with a 5.12 ERA in 14 career postseason appearances, with both of those wins coming in relief. Kluber skipped his last scheduled start with a tight quadriceps and has had ten days of rest.

San Francisco at Chicago, TV: FS1

The Giants ask RHP Johnny Cueto (18-5, 2.79 ERA) to pick up where Bumgarner left off in the Wild Card game, which might not be unthinkable: Cueto’s last start in the postseason was a complete game 1-0 shutout of the Mets in the 2015 World Series. He closed the season with a 4-0 record and 1.78 ERA in five starts in September. His opponent will be LHP Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44 ERA), who’s had plenty of postseason experience himself, going 6-6 with a 2.85 ERA in 16 games, 14 of which were starts. He finished the season with a flourish, going 9-1 with a 1.46 ERA in his last 12 starts.

Los Angeles at Washington, TV: FS1. Announcer Kenny Albert with Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci serving as analysts and Jon Paul Morosi contributing reports. Radio: ESPN. Dave O’Brien does play-by-play and Jim Bowden is the analyst.

The Dodgers send LHP Clayton Kershaw (12-4, 1.69 ERA) to the mound to make his tenth postseason start. He’s had bad luck in previous playoff appearances, going just 2-6 with an ERA of 4.59 in his career. He spent two months on the disabled list this year but came back to go 1-2 with a 1.29 ERA in the five starts he made in September and October. He’ll face RHP Max Scherzer (20-7, 2.96 ERA), who’s gone 4-3 with a 3.73 ERA in twelve postseason appearances, all with Detroit. The Nationals have some serious injury worries which may have an impact on this series: C Wilson Ramos is out for the year, P Stephen Strasbourg won’t pitch until the next round if Washington gets that far, 2B Daniel Murphy has made one game appearance since September 20 and RF Bryce Harper has both a jammed left thumb and a sore neck.

Lineup:

  • WinnipegDave

    So 11 pitchers and 14 position players. I like this team! http://dodgers.mlblogs.com/2016/10/07/dodgers-nlds-roster-made-official/

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rather deary, coolish day here so far.

    • WBBsAs

      Blossom Dearie?

  • Bob_Hendley

    With Strasburg and Ramos I’d say that the Dodgers have the advantage on paper. However, since paper tends to stick to cleats they will be playing this series on grass.

    • WBBsAs

      I’d say these are still two pretty evenly matched teams.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Trea Turner is the fellow I fear most at this point. But we have a deeper, more flexible lineup to my mind. They have some dead wood 6-8, whereas we have some guys who can do some damage and pressure Scherzer and others.

        • WBBsAs

          Murphy and Harper are both in the lineup: https://twitter.com/jphoornstra/status/784434651460808706

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yep, they have a tough 1-5 and the emergence of Turner as a dynamic table setter makes those guys all the more dangerous.

          • WBBsAs

            Was it the Pads who gave up Turner? They must be kicking themselves.

            Are you going to be there today?

          • Bob_Hendley

            In the three way to land Wil Myers. Nats also go their starter Ross. Will be right above Klayton in the front row as he warms up in the pen in a couple hours.

          • WBBsAs

            Myers is a decent player, but I think Turner has a much higher ceiling.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Looks to be the case, but in all fairness to the Pads they were looking to strike quickly before the Dodgers new FO and ownership could reset and put together a dominant franchise in the West Division. You know, with Shields, Upton and Matty. We all know how that worked out.

  • The Jays are scary with their power.

  • Bumsrap

    I like the lineup. Please, play ball!! I’m ready.

    • Bob_Hendley

      See that Reddick is placed so that he can be easily flipped for Puig and a l-r-l lineup when needed late in the game.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        We’re counting on you to bring the intangibles for the Blue, Bob!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Perfect scenario is a typical regular-season Claytonian game and a Dodger W.
    If I had to choose just one, I’ll take the former, looking long-term.

  • scooplew

    Some personal history:
    Vaguely remember the 1954 World Series when I was a 6-year-old in Brooklyn, particularly the heroics of Dusty Rhodes. Remember the 1955 World Series extremely well. We had moved to L.A. that summer. My parents let me play hooky to watch. Went to the fourth game of the 1965 World Series vs. Minnesota. Sat in the left field pavilion (bleachers) with my late father. Covered the 1972-1973-1974 World Series as a sportswriter. It was tough in 1974. Was there as a fan at the Oakland Coliseum to see Hershiser win the fifth and clinching game in 1988. My mother, who will turn 96 next month, remains a fan…..I am nervous. Would love to see us jump out to a three-run lead by the 3rd inning.

    • WinnipegDave

      Scoop – you are the man! 1954 – 1955?! That rocks. Well, 1955 anyway.

      • scooplew

        Went to one game at Ebbets Field in 1955. Still have the program.

    • WBBsAs

      I went to all the ’74 games in Oakland. I watched the Gibson game with an A’s fan friend who leapt off the sofa and turned it off after the game-winner.

  • RBI

    Getting the usual butterflies. Hi all!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Well, Klayton looked great warming up!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bombs away from Seager!

  • RBI

    Corey!!!!!!

  • RBI

    Wow, Seager crushed it.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ouch! Shades of Hanley?

  • RBI

    Oh, no. Turner hit on the hand…

  • RBI

    At least we got one.

    • Bob_Hendley

      How many do we need?

      • RBI

        I would say three.

        • Heck, let’s match what the Jays did yesterday!

      • WinnipegDave

        All the runs!

  • WinnipegDave

    Got him! But lots of pitches to K Harper.

    • Should have hit the sore thumb instead. πŸ˜‰

      • WinnipegDave

        Dude. That’s not Kershaw M.O. Lol.

  • RBI

    Too many pitches for Clay.

    • WinnipegDave

      Well basically half (8/17) to get Harper.

  • Jack Dawkins

    17 pitches, 3 strike outs, no stress to a viewer, I’ll take it.

  • RBI

    We are definitely swinging for the fences. Not making Scherzer work very hard.

    • WinnipegDave

      That’s because we sometimes don’t hit very well with RISP. Solo hrs take care of that.

  • WinnipegDave

    Surprised but not disappointed with the Cleveland/Boston series.

    • RBI

      I agree.

      • The Yankees have won 27 championships. It only took two in the modern era for Boston’s fans to start feeling just as entitled. Go Cleveland.

  • RBI

    Get Murphy!

  • RBI

    Dang.

    • WinnipegDave

      Time for a DP.

      • RBI

        Yes, please.

  • RBI

    Froze him with the curve. One more strike. Then the DP!

  • WinnipegDave

    Close. Dodgers seem to have some trouble of late turning two.

  • RBI

    Okay, Clay. Bear down.

  • RBI

    Maybe Kershaw needs to change his first pitch fast ball.

  • RBI

    Too. Many. Pitches.

  • RBI

    Palms are sweating out here in Hollywood.

  • RBI

    Oh dear, Utley. Very uncharacteristic bobble.

  • WinnipegDave

    Why can’t the Dodgers field any more? (Anicdotal)

    • RBI

      So unlike Utley there.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Seager says hello.

      • WinnipegDave

        Somebody needed to say something. πŸ™‚
        Seager the MVP of the first 2 innings.

  • Jack Dawkins

    whew, that was about to land in the Bermuda triangle.

    • John_from_Aus

      Nice to keep the lead there

  • WinnipegDave

    Frustrating for the Dodgers. Frustrating for the Nationals. No wonder so many people are split on who will win this series.

  • 40 pitches for Kershaw after 2 innings. That ain’t good.

    • John_from_Aus

      No, but he is good enough to have a few low pitch innings to make up for it

    • Bob_Hendley

      That’s what pens are for.

  • RBI

    Ulcer time.

  • WBBsAs

    Nerve-wracking inning. And I’m in a place where I can’t curse out loud.

    • WinnipegDave

      My mom’s house?

    • RBI

      I had to listen to that last out from the doorway.

  • RBI

    I have to start exercising as I watch, so I don’t lose mind. That means my commenting will be limited. But I am here! I am here!

    • WinnipegDave

      New exercise workout. Round the bases with Toles.

    • Bumsrap

      Kershaw was exercising last inning.

  • RBI

    Toles is teasing Scherzer.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Chase made that look easy.

  • RBI

    Yes!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    2-0!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Chase!

  • Bumsrap

    So far I like the Dodgers with 2 runs and Kershaw with 40 pitches and WA with 0 runs

  • RBI

    Love Toles’ speed around the bases there.

    • WinnipegDave

      Exercise #1 – running with 3 left turns.

  • RBI

    I think of Toles as our secret weapon. Like a rabbit’s foot.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Thank you Justin.

  • RBI

    Woo!!!!!! JT!!!!!!!!

  • Bumsrap

    So far I like the Dodgers with 4 runs and Kershaw with 40 pitches and WA with 0 runs

    • WinnipegDave

      Lots of 4’s and 0’s going the right way.

  • WinnipegDave

    Woot! Turner is our non-secret weapon.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Had a great view of Werth not catching that one.

    • Jack Dawkins

      It did tip the top of his glove.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      You’re bringing them luck!
      Shut em down, Kersh!

  • Jack Dawkins

    This is a tough lineup for any pitcher to get through.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Sixth hitter 25 dingers, 7th 27 and then Toles

  • Bumsrap

    Okay, back to you Clayton

  • RBI

    I’m not loving the NRA ad in the middle of this game.

    • Bumsrap

      Dodgers don’t need guns they have big bats

      • RBI

        Good one.

  • RBI

    Pray for a short inning for Kersh.

  • HLKLA

    This is a good start to our quest for the Holy Grail!

  • RBI

    Harper ripped that one as well.

  • I’m going to an HS reunion in Nationals’ territory next week, and some of my classmates may be at this game. This may cause tension when I see them a week from now.

    • RBI

      Many games to go.

      • True. I fly in the night of Game Five (if necessary).

  • WinnipegDave

    Kersh – find your groove big guy.

  • WinnipegDave

    Would Puig have caught that foul ball?

    • Bumsrap

      Probably not but that thought crossed my mind as well

  • Kersh isn’t in his happy place at all.

  • Bumsrap

    Fun with Murphy up

  • WinnipegDave

    A DP would be nice.

    • WinnipegDave

      But will take a fly out.

  • Bumsrap

    There was a one second moment of suspense on Murphy’s contact with that fly ball

    • WinnipegDave

      Sure was.

  • WinnipegDave

    So strange with all these meetings.

  • RBI

    Classic Dusty double steal.

    • Bumsrap

      Dodgers gave them that steal. Utley and Seager playing way off the bag.

  • Jack Dawkins

    ugh

  • RBI

    Dagnabit!

  • Bumsrap

    We have a ball game.

  • WinnipegDave

    It would be great if Kershaw relaxed now.

    • RBI

      And yet…

  • RBI

    Sliders ain’t sliding. Cutters ain’t cutting.

  • I don’t know if it’s his back or what, but he can’t get comfortable out there, seemingly.

    • RBI

      Looks like he’s really struggling.

    • Bumsrap

      Needs AJ?

      • RBI

        Don’t say that!

      • scooplew

        That’s what I’ve been thinking, even if nothing more than to settle him down.

        • Bumsrap

          Harold Reynolds seems to be thinking the same thing

      • Jack Dawkins

        He had a lower ERA in games pitched to Grandal this year compared to AJ though.

      • Bob_Hendley

        He didn’t have AJ before?

  • HLKLA

    His pitch count sure jumped up.

    • RBI

      Higher and higher.

  • WinnipegDave

    This is mini Kershaw vs Wainwright 2 years ago. Wainwright got bombed early (which people forget to mention a lot) and Kershaw struggled late.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Anti climactic ending to the inning, but very welcome.

  • WBBsAs

    At least he’s got Espinosa’s number.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kersh and Price for whatever reason have some struggles in the playoffs. Yes Kershaw has pitched amazing in the playoffs as well but is inconsistent. Price and his team are 0-9 in his starts.

  • Okay, Reddick and Joc and Yas, get something going here.

    • Bumsrap

      Joc is hitting some very high popups. His timing is there, the ball is coming off the barrel, he is just a little under the ball. That bodes well for his next at bat.

  • HLKLA

    We are going to need some more runs.

  • Come on, guys, don’t start with “the bats going silent because we have enough runs” drill you had fairly often during the season.

  • RBI

    Still watching and not exercising because I am too stressed to actually move.

    • WinnipegDave

      Need Toles back on base! πŸ™‚

  • Only 14 pitches for Scherzer in that inning.

    • RBI

      He’s looking very relaxed suddenly.

  • RBI

    We need a one-two-three ourselves right about now.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw burned by his one walk that came around to score.

  • WinnipegDave

    Utley. Not impressed.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Sharply hit ball and he was playing in.

      • WinnipegDave

        Nah. He took his eyes off the ball peaking at the runner.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Both are true.

          • WinnipegDave

            I would still charge that run to Utley.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Why? Because he was actually thinking about getting the lead runner?

          • WinnipegDave

            I like that he was thinking about the lead runner. I don’t like he couldn’t execute and it meant the runner got to third with less than 2 outs.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Sharply hit ball.

          • WinnipegDave

            Anyway – I’m guessing Utley would say he should have not bobbled it.

    • Bumsrap

      Are you watching the game on FS1?

      • WinnipegDave

        Yup.

        • Bumsrap

          You don’t agree with their analysis that Utlety was looking at runner?

          • WinnipegDave

            I do that’s why I’m not impressed.

          • Bumsrap

            I agree with you.

  • RBI

    Better get a bunch back now.

  • WinnipegDave

    Does Kersh make it through 5 – with the lead?

  • Bumsrap

    Kershaw might only get one more inning.

    • WinnipegDave

      If they don’t pinch hit for him this inning.

  • RBI

    That’s the one-two-three I wanted for us…

  • RBI

    Scherzer getting better and better. Kershaw, not so much.

    • Bumsrap

      Scherzer’s pitch count is up as well and with a slow 5th he might be out after 5 as well.

      • RBI

        Really? He’s only at 70 or so, I thought.

        • Bumsrap

          I thought he was a little higher. He is at 69 but a slow or long 5th could get him up to 95 or so after 5.

  • Bumsrap

    Will Utley find his magic?

  • RBI

    Kershaw is such a warrior, even now.

  • RBI

    DP! DP! DP! (As in I want one…)

    • Bumsrap

      Murphy owes us a DP

  • RBI

    I’m not sure I would keep Kershaw in much longer here. They are tasting blood right now.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers not getting any breaks with balls hit through the infield.

  • WinnipegDave

    Need one more out.

    • Bumsrap

      now

  • RBI

    Can’t watch. Tell me what happens.

  • WinnipegDave

    Love the one guy in the stands wearing an old Padres jersey.

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes!

  • Bumsrap

    Kershaw qualifies for a win and is pumped after that last strikeout. He probably wants to stay in with 100 pitches.

    • WinnipegDave

      One more would be nice. Depends on if the Dodgers can score here or not.

    • HLKLA

      Way to early for the bullpen in my opinion. I hope he can go at least one more.

      • Bumsrap

        He doesn’t have a towel wrapped around his arm in the dugout.

        • WinnipegDave

          So there’s our answer.

          • RBI

            Meaning yes? Or no?

          • WinnipegDave

            I’m thinking no.

  • RBI

    Anyone else have a stomach ache?

    • WinnipegDave

      Not right now. Only when Dodgers are in the field.

    • HLKLA

      I am peaking through my fingers.

  • RBI

    I may have to wear my mouth guard, if this keeps up! Clenching…

    • HLKLA

      Breathing into a paper bag.

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice contact Justin

    • WinnipegDave

      Nice to break Scherzer’s streak.

      • Bumsrap

        And did it with a bullet right at Scherzer.

    • RBI

      He smoked that one.

  • John_from_Aus

    Rest of family just gone out, baby sleeping. Mow lawn vs watch baseball, hmmm

    • WinnipegDave

      Haha. Yeah that’s a tough one. The grass wants you to live and let live.

      • John_from_Aus

        It will still be long in a few hours

        • WinnipegDave

          Perfect.

  • Jack Dawkins

    If Reddick gets to the plate this inning, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Puig brought in batting 9th, and a reliever in to the 5 spot.

  • RBI

    AGon needs to do his thing here.

  • RBI

    AGon is seeing the ball well this at bat.

  • John_from_Aus

    Now he just needs a clean single

  • Jack Dawkins

    Good, there goes the GIDP opportunity.

  • WinnipegDave

    Turner to second. Nice!

  • RBI

    Finally looks like Scherzer is tiring.

    • Bumsrap

      91 pitches after 5 innings. 18 pitches per inning.

      • WinnipegDave

        Except he threw 6 innings.

        • Bumsrap

          Agree, except for that πŸ™‚

  • WinnipegDave

    OK Reddick – need a hit here.

    • RBI

      Or what you said.

  • RBI

    Okay, Reddick. Time to be a hero.

  • Jack Dawkins

    A WP is a possibility too….hes put a few in the dirt this inning.

    • WinnipegDave

      Whatever it takes.

  • John_from_Aus

    Tense

  • RBI

    Missed opportunity, but I do feel like Turner’s hit stopped their momentum, at least slightly.

  • John_from_Aus

    I know match ups and stuff, but I would have loved to see Puig up there. I think just his presence at the plate is more of a threat

  • HLKLA

    We should have scored at least one in that inning.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Bats have disappeared.
      Bullpen’s gotta shut ’em down.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Blanton is in, batting 9th, so in just for one inning, or less.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hmm, but pitching to the bottom of the order.

      • Jack Dawkins

        I suppose if Dodgers go out 1 2 3 he can come back.

        • WinnipegDave

          Well now we don’t have to root for a 1,2,3 inning.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Early for him in any event. Must be playoff baseball!

  • Bumsrap

    Finally

  • Jack Dawkins

    Scherzer done. Not sure if it matters since he was fading.

  • WinnipegDave

    So Kershaw out-pitched Sherzer. That’s a good thing.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Count on you, Mr. President! πŸ™‚
      And that IS the bottom line.

  • John_from_Aus

    Don’t walk him here

  • RBI

    Two of those previous balls were strikes.

    • WinnipegDave

      To Turner?

      • WinnipegDave

        Now I saw it.

      • RBI

        Difo…

  • RBI

    Not good to walk Trea.

  • RBI

    Pick him off. Why not?

    • WinnipegDave

      Bring in Urias for that. πŸ™‚

      • Bumsrap

        DPG = Designated pickoff guy

  • HLKLA

    Not liking the pitching change here.

    • RBI

      Seems precipitous.

      • HLKLA

        Blanton is usually our eighth inning guy, so not sure why he came in early.

  • Jack Dawkins

    So now they are putting Puig into the 9 spot and a pitcher into the 5 hole.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I was watching in two sports books (the first had the AL game on several screens, Dodgers on just two, then they went to a computer menu as they were “fixing it — I went to a second hotel/casino, much nicer).

    A Dodger fan sat next to me and saw my Jackie Robinson t-shirt. He and a buddy had a $100 bet on LA, but the Dodgers have to win by 2 to collect. After feeling really good and better, I left them with the 4-3 score (headache — not stomachache, RBI — no WiFi, and wanted to connect with you guys). He said he would be happy to lose the bet if the Dodgers win by 1.

    Go, Blue — and help him win his bet!

    • WinnipegDave

      Oh Vegas.

    • RBI

      Good to hear from you.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Thanks — tough to write on my smartphone . . . besides losing battery, guess I’m not smart enough.

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Gameday shows Puig didn’t come in, like it showed on tv.

    • Jack Dawkins

      Now they fixed it. Seems odd. Puig into Reddick’s spot, and not the 9 spot. I think they got it wrong.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Use that enthusiasm at the plate, Puig!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Almost an epic collision in right, but the out recorded.

  • HLKLA

    Puig being the old Puig there.

    • Bumsrap

      Yep

    • WinnipegDave

      Hopefully the old Puig can still hit.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        He scares us, may he scare the Nats!

        • HLKLA

          He sure scared Pederson!

  • John_from_Aus

    Heart in my mouth there, but I think it was his ball

    • Bumsrap

      Its the Center Fielder’s ball if he wants it and Joc clearly was there and calling for it. Puig had to make a running catch.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That’s the basics . . . guess Yasiel still needs to learn ’em.
        But Mo was saying the crowd may’ve drowned out Joc.

      • John_from_Aus

        Maybe I mean he was always going to take it

  • Jack Dawkins

    I guess Roberts put Puig in the 5 hole to keep it R L R L in the middle of the order.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Radio said rain is expected manana. If there’s a rainout, do they lose the travel day?

  • RBI

    Bullpen game. Go Joc!

    • HLKLA

      Joc looked helpless there.

      • WinnipegDave

        He was so close to really hitting Scherzer.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Shessh, now Gameday catches up again, it was a like I thought to begin with. Puig battign ninth, pitcher in the 5 spot.

    • Jack Dawkins

      Never mind. Reddick is till in, playing Left, Pitcher is in Toles spot.

      • HLKLA

        Toles was still in. Now pinch hitting for him.

        • Jack Dawkins

          It is a mystery, and they aren’t talking about it on TV. Puig is definitely in the 9th spot. Not sure if Reddick is still in game or not now.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Let’s go Dodgers, let’s go!

  • John_from_Aus

    Go Howie

  • John_from_Aus

    IBB for Puig

  • WinnipegDave

    Walking Puig.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Putting pressure on Chase. He came through once at the plate — may he do so again!

  • RBI

    Utley, time to get one back.

  • John_from_Aus

    Just a single will do

  • RBI

    Be the Utley who killed us in Post-season.

  • RBI

    Pooh.

  • HLKLA

    Another missed opportunity

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Lack of bats puts more pressure on ‘pen. But they’ve shown they can do it!

  • John_from_Aus

    Time to hang out washing during the 7th inning stretch

    • John_from_Aus

      Very well sung

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Almost like a line from “Blazing Saddles.”

  • Jack Dawkins

    Feels like Roberts wasn’t Frugal with his substitutions that inning. 2 Position players used.

  • Noives, noives, noives!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Got ’em here!
      Headache is gone — maybe because it’s a totally smoke-free environment at home, mabye because I was looking up at the screen, maybe because I soo wanted Kersh to do well.

      • RBI

        Glad to hear your headache is gone. Still in knots, here.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Spread throughout DodgerLand.

  • HLKLA

    K!

  • WinnipegDave

    Who pitches after Dayton?

    • HLKLA

      Baez in the pen.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yup

  • RBI

    Hate these walks. (Unless we get them.)

  • RBI

    Baez time. Settle in, everyone.

    • WinnipegDave

      Perhaps we get our long awaited DP.

  • HLKLA

    Roberts knows he only has 25 players right?

    • WinnipegDave

      And only 11 pitchers…

    • John_from_Aus

      Hope it doesn’t go to extras and he finds himself short

      • RBI

        Hmm. Maybe showing his rookie status for the first time?

        • HLKLA

          I think he is over thinking this.

      • WinnipegDave

        Now pitching, Number 66…

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Talk about being scared . . .

  • Jack Dawkins

    Only Ethier Ruiz and Barnes left on the bench.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yas sir!!!!!

  • John_from_Aus

    Great tag

    • HLKLA

      Not a bad throw either.

  • WinnipegDave

    That was a big out.

    • John_from_Aus

      Huge

  • RBI

    Yes! CS.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Whew!
    6 more outs . . .

  • WinnipegDave

    Grandal was in the batters box for that one!

    • WinnipegDave

      I mean set up in the batters box for Baez’s pitch. Lol.

  • John_from_Aus

    Now let’s add some here with 234 up

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I don’t have a program . . . who’s that?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        jk

      • John_from_Aus

        Seager, Turner and Gonzalez (sorry, being lazy)

  • Jack Dawkins

    The way Roberts substituted, it is like he is obsessed with keeping it R L R L R L

    • WinnipegDave

      He just might make it work today.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Jinx!

        • WinnipegDave

          Thanks!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hopefully it’ll work!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Like to hear it’s well-hit, but don’t like this crowd cheering . . . = bad for LA.

  • HLKLA

    Almost!

  • WinnipegDave

    So close Turner. For a double.

  • HLKLA

    Disappointing.

  • WinnipegDave

    Sportsmanship for sure with the cap tipping.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I was glad to hear it.
      Sure beats “Don’t look at me!”

      • WinnipegDave

        Great point.

  • Jack Dawkins

    6 outs left, rubber pants time, as a sportscaster of yore used to say.

    • WinnipegDave

      So you bounce back up if you fall down?

      • Jack Dawkins

        I seem to recall that the implication had to do with not wetting oneself.

        • WinnipegDave

          That sounds right. I was just playing with you.

  • WinnipegDave

    Fly balls are scary.

  • RBI

    Whoa. This is…gutsy.

    • RBI

      Hopefully not crazy.

  • HLKLA

    Oh! Oh! It’s too early.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Totally agree.
      I was wondering what Kenley’s record is in more than one inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Here comes Kenley. Too soon or just right?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Why take out Baez? Do the #s show something?

      • WinnipegDave

        Go with your best.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          But for 5 outs?
          I was going to write that I hope they didn’t bring him in until the 9th.
          May Dave prove me wrong! . . . the manager Dave, not President Dave.

          • RBI

            I know. Just not sure.

          • WinnipegDave

            πŸ˜‰

  • Jack Dawkins

    I don’t mind Kenley in now, but it will affect tomorrow’s use of him.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hope the expected rain comes.

  • HLKLA

    We better out score Ohio State tomorrow, so we do not need him!

    • WinnipegDave

      Whoa! That would be a lot! πŸ™‚

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT!
    Uno mas . . .

  • RBI

    Two outs.

  • RBI

    Announcers like it, though one thinks DR should have waited for one more batter. Still, one pitch, one out.

  • WinnipegDave

    1 pitch 1 out is a great start.

  • RBI

    Rats.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Freak hit.

  • WinnipegDave

    Flooky.

  • RBI

    KJ always makes us sweat, just a little.

    • WinnipegDave

      This time we aren’t even in the ninth.

  • RBI

    Leaving the room again. Sorry.

  • John_from_Aus

    I guess we are doing what the Oriols did not do

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Double downing it, to use the Vegas vernacular.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Kenley — get the K!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!!!

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice

  • Jack Dawkins

    KKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hiesy only good with the bases loaded. πŸ™‚

  • HLKLA

    K!

  • John_from_Aus

    Not too many pitches either

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Actually, I was thinking that’s a lot, going into another inning.
      I am hoping I sit corrected!

  • WinnipegDave

    But KJ is at 12 pitches to start the bottom of the ninth inning.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    When I left the casino, it was the end of the 5th — I thought ’12 more outs.’
    Now 3 more.
    Sure would be nice if the bats can add a cushion!

  • RBI

    Thank goodness!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I would have Urias stretching and tossing.

  • Can I look and breathe now?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes — and hopefully for quite a while as the Dodgers bat around.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Top of the order in bottom of ninth, nothing will be easy.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Never is.
      It’s the Dodgers.

      • WinnipegDave

        Said Vin Scully one million times.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Vinny . . .
          Most everything i learned about baseball, I learned from him.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Peterson with the battign helmet with no face guard. Hope the change works.

    • WinnipegDave

      Even a walk would be great.

    • Yeah, I wonder what the criteria is for him deciding to use it.

  • John_from_Aus

    Nats out of position players before us

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Don’t like hearing that crowd cheer.
    Nothing against Nats fans, just don’t want them to be happy.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Suffered much of the game from that. Very few Dodgers in the stands.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yas sir!
    C’mon, Howie!

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice, I fear that this is just prolonging the tension

    • WinnipegDave

      It will come soon enough.

  • RBI

    That sounded better then it looked. I thought it might be fair.

    • WinnipegDave

      So close.

  • HLKLA

    Howie hit that foul ball exactly where I was sitting last year when the lights went out!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      My brother and sister-in-law were at the game.
      He and I used the make-good tickets, so i got to count another stadium I visited.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Sheesh, Grandal should have been out. Lucky

  • RBI

    How the heck did they not get Grandal at third there?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Steiner got tongue-tied but it ended up well for LA.
    C’mon, Puig!

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice, but lucky

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh boy!

  • John_from_Aus

    Second ibb

  • Jack Dawkins

    So no Jansen in 9th now.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Score enough so there’s no save, anyway.

  • RBI

    Go Yasiel!

  • RBI

    Again with the intentional walk. DrΓ©!

  • John_from_Aus

    Kenly looks ready to bat

  • Jack Dawkins

    Nope, Jansen will “bat”

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I disagree with this.
      Prove me wrong again!

  • RBI

    Kenley! Kenley! Make a difference here!

    • WinnipegDave

      .333 hitter!

  • WinnipegDave

    Have to go with KJ.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Why not Julio in the 9th?

      • WinnipegDave

        Because he really is a starter.

  • John_from_Aus

    Good eye

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Up to what Kenley gets paid for.

  • RBI

    Three more outs. Wow. So tense.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      May the tension continue for two additional series!

  • WinnipegDave

    So. It comes to this.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Duh duh daaaaaa

    • RBI

      Crazy good game so far. Let’s win it now, shall we?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Okay, Kenley — boost your free agency bid!

  • WinnipegDave

    A tale well calculated to keep you in… Suspense!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      I love that old radio show.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Sounded like a slogan, but not familiar with it. Was the show called “Suspense”? Did they feature many Dodger games?

        • WinnipegDave

          It was called Suspense. Not much on Dodgers as far as I know.

  • John_from_Aus

    Let’s do it quick

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      From your keyboard . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!

  • John_from_Aus

    3 pitches

  • HLKLA

    Turner doing his best Joc impersonation.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Vegas started carrying Nats games on the radio because Harper is a native son.
    So is Kris Bryant.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, KJ!

  • WinnipegDave

    KJ locked in thus far.

    • John_from_Aus

      Even that ball was in exactly the right spot

      • WinnipegDave

        Yup.

  • WinnipegDave

    Breathe RBI. Breathe.

    • RBI

      I’m hiding in the kitchen.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Is your son watching with you, Dave?

    • WinnipegDave

      I just called him in.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Dodger games: Parental discretion required

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    uno mas!!!!

  • John_from_Aus

    C’mon

  • RBI

    What’s happening?!?!?! Can’t look, can’t listen.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      2 strikes, 2 outs

      • RBI

        Arggghhh!!!!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Pirates aren’t playing, but nice reading.

          • RBI

            I want to be able to woo-hoo so badly.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            As do we want you to woo-hoo.

    • WinnipegDave

      2 outs.

  • HLKLA

    Is this a record for comments?

    • WinnipegDave

      I wonder. It was non-stop through 9 tough innings.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I like to get work done while listening . . , but I couldn’t tear myself away!

        • RBI

          Me, too.except I also couldn’t watch.

          • WinnipegDave

            It’s Thanksgiving weekend here for me! πŸ™‚

          • HLKLA

            So did you go to the mall at 5 this morning, or is that just us crazy Americans?

          • WinnipegDave

            Canadians go to the mall at 5am for American Thanksgiving!

          • WinnipegDave

            Sometimes here, sometimes there. Not me – but I’m not a big shopper anyways.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I do most of my Christmas shopping online, but I still like the excitement of the mall and there’s usually one or two stores with great deals.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, KJ!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Keep that focus, Kenley!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!!!!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Do it, RBI!

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice finish

  • Jack Dawkins

    Whew!

  • HLKLA

    Okay Rbi

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw gets the win!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He didn’t have a good game, but he had a “good enough” game.
      And they got the W!
      I’m hoping whatever problems there were between he and Grandal will be ironed out for the next time.
      And I hope there are no physical issues.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wow! Mortal Kershaw but gutsy performance and lights out bullpen!
    Kudos to Manager Dave!

    • WinnipegDave

      Keep reading this as Mortal Kombat!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Go Cubs!

    • John_from_Aus

      Absolutely, why is it so dark at Wrigly, hard to see the ball

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I just saw the time — I didn’t realize they started already.

        • John_from_Aus

          TV here went straight from one to the other

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      There it is . . .
      The win ain’t real ’til RBI Woo-Hoos!

      • RBI

        I think I lost five pounds during this game.

        • Bumsrap

          Did without exercising as well

          • RBI

            Oh no. I was lifting weights, here and there… Still am, but much more consistently.

        • WBBsAs

          On the other hand, you need dental work to repair ground-down teeth.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bob H. brought ’em luck!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ha! Actually had to leave in the 7th!

  • scooplew

    Yes! What a grueling, nerve-wracking, intense, hard-to-watch, aggravating VICTORY!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      You said it all, Scoop!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hush little baby don’t you cry. Jansen gonna sing the Nats a lullaby.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    As Vin might say, this is just a game . . . look at all the people affected by Hurricane Matthew.
    Speaking of which, if manana is rained out, do they lose the travel day?

  • John_from_Aus

    Baby calls, so… Until tomorrow

  • Jack Dawkins

    Nats will start Roark tomorrow, a right handed pitcher.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Right on!

    • WBBsAs

      A pretty good one, but beatable.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Kershaw claiming that all the mound visits were about changing signs since they had so many men on base tonight.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This game was a microcosm of the LA season:
    a starter who couldn’t go 6
    explosive offense
    non-productive offense
    shutdown bullpen

    Whatever it takes, may it continue for 10 more wins! (But can we get some Dodger laughers in there?)

    • WBBsAs

      Kershaw is the new Maeda.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    After 5 innings in ChiTown, 0-0

    • WBBsAs

      In the end, a satisfactory result.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bottom 8, still zip-nada.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Deja vu all over again from the Wild Card game.
      Hopefully this time the home team wins.

  • WinnipegDave

    1-0 Baez home run.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      A message from the future — MLB Audio only just this moment reached it

      • WinnipegDave

        Sorry Bob. Hope I didn’t ruin it for you.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Quite the opposite!

          • RBI

            Cueto is the only Gnat I like, and I actually feel a little sorry for him, even though I’m glad the Cubbies are now ahead.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            When it comes to a conversation about the Cubs, it’s tough to feel sorry for anyone other than them! (Tho I hope the Dodgers win the Series!)

        • John_from_Aus

          Just turned back on the TV to see it, it was a monster and Wrigley went nuts

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            This time I wanted the crowd to be cheering!

          • WinnipegDave

            Me too!

  • WinnipegDave

    I wish Cueto wasn’t with SF. He’s so fun to watch!

    • RBI

      See my comment below.

      • WinnipegDave

        So busy typing my own stuff, I missed yours!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          “I’m busy, busy, busy, and it’s no surprise to see
          That I only have time for me, me, me”

  • WinnipegDave

    Ball still in the basket!

  • WinnipegDave

    I wonder if Grant Dayton is fun to read in the playoffs?

    • RBI

      I assume you mean Grant Brisbee?

      • WinnipegDave

        Hahahaha. Yes. A bit of a slip by me there!

        • RBI

          Made me smile.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shut ’em down, Chapman!

  • WinnipegDave

    Both these teams scare me but in different way, different reasons.

  • RBI

    Not sure he actually went around there.

    • WinnipegDave

      Agree.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Neat how when there was good news, we all gathered around Link’s fence to share it.

    • John_from_Aus

      And I love how the fence stretches around the world to over here

  • John_from_Aus

    102 mph

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Nice when it’s happening to someone else!

      • RBI

        I’m so relaxed.

    • WinnipegDave

      And a bit wild.

  • RBI

    Not exactly hitting his marks.

  • RBI

    Posey being Posey.

  • John_from_Aus

    Phew, I thought that was over the fence

  • RBI

    They’re lucky that one stayed in.

  • WinnipegDave

    Posey didn’t miss by much. Sheesh.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Guess it’s over, since I heard 2nd out already?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Nope — double.

    • WinnipegDave

      Posey hits a double.

    • RBI

      Hunter Pence, 1-2.

  • WinnipegDave

    Pence is a wild swinger.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Vin said he swung at everything except a strike.

      • RBI

        I loved that.

  • RBI

    Yes! Cubbies take Game 1!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thanks Messenger from the Future

      • RBI

        Oh, sorry!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          No need to apologize — I like to hear good news as soon as I can!

  • WinnipegDave

    Good.

  • RBI

    Joy in Cubville.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      and non-GiantLand

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        — which means everyone in postseason

      • WBBsAs

        …gnot in Gnatland.

  • WinnipegDave

    What song is playing at Wrigley?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Definitely doesn’t have a beat like “I Love LA”

      • WinnipegDave

        But kinda catchy. I just can’t place it.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good day for Baezes

  • RBI

    I have to say, so far the National League games are a lot better games to watch than the American League’s.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      “Better” as in “painful”? πŸ™‚

      • WinnipegDave

        Oh man yeah.

      • RBI

        That, too.

    • John_from_Aus

      Yes, as usual

    • WBBsAs

      NL baseball is real baseball.

  • scooplew

    More than 500 posts tonight. Is that a Link record?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice to see the guys supporting Kershaw

  • NPUT at 1130AM PT.

    FYI, the 550 comments on this post are the most ever on this blog. #2 was the NLDS Game 3 post on October 12, 2015 with 476 comments. #3 was the NLDS Game 5 post on October 15, 2015 with 441.

    • WinnipegDave

      We’re #1! We’re #1! πŸ™‚

      • Bob_Hendley

        You’re #552! You’re #552!

        • WinnipegDave

          Hahahaha. Bob’s always got the appropriate stats at the appropriate time!

  • HLKLA

    558!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Constant drizzle all day. Doc says start may be delayed until 5pm (local time), when it is supposed to abate.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Rain just stopped Not sure if it’s just a window and will resume, but radar shows showers keeping to the south.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Off to the park!

        • Bob_Hendley

          Called!

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs

    Cubbies swat Gnats!

    Now I wanna see them light up BadGums on Monday. Bring out the brooms!