NLCS Game Four, 2016

Cubs at Dodgers, 5:00PM PT, TV: FS1

The Cubs send wily veteran RHP John Lackey (11-8, 3.35 ERA) out to face the Dodgers’ rookie LHP Julio Urias (5-2, 3.35 ERA) in hope of tying the series up. Lackey has made 11 career starts in 12 appearances against the Dodgers and has a career 1.75 ERA against them. Urias started twice against the Cubs during the regular season, working six innings to beat them on Aug. 27 at Dodger Stadium after getting beaten up at Wrigley Field in his second Major League start.

Lineup:

  • WBBsAs

    So, it looks as if the Dodgers can book their charter to Cleveland.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Cleveland, city of light, city of magic
      Cleveland, city of light, you’re calling me
      Cleveland, even now I can remember
      ‘Cause the Cuyahoga River
      Goes smokin’ through my dreams

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I hope so, but don’t take a census of poultry until they’re born . . . we know the Dodgers can easily look as hapless as the Cubs did last night.

      • John_from_Aus

        funny you say that, at the moment in our year 4 class we are looking at life cycles and we have several chickens hatching at the moment as we have set up in the classroom a hatching chicks program, where the students get to watch chickens hatching from an incubator

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Our 4th Graders do that — an exciting time for them, but we wait until the “real” Spring 🙂

  • Jack Dawkins

    Any word on who throws out the first pitch tonight?

  • WinnipegDave

    So it will either be a repeat of the 1920 World Series or a brand new matchup. I’m down for the roaring 20’s, ninth six years after the fact.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    From a tweet by Don Banks, whoever that is —

    3 teams alive in MLB: Cubs last won in 1908, add 40 years, Indians in ’48, add 40 years, Dodgers in ’88. Nice symmetry to these streaks.

  • WinnipegDave

    In a perfect world the ALCS would have gone 7 games to max out the winnng team’s starting pitching.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      So hopefully the wait will rust?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Has there been talk about keeping Urias on a pitch count?

    • WBBsAs

      TV people said no, but that’s not very credible.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I agree.
        At first I was thinking of going for broke, perhaps his final game. But they have to be thinking/hoping/planning for another series.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, J!

    • WinnipegDave

      I see what you did there 🙂

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Better what he did there!

  • Bumsrap

    12 pitches is great for Urias in 1st inning.

  • WBBsAs

    Easy first!

  • Bumsrap

    Lackey is upset with his defense.

    • WinnipegDave

      Good slide by Seager.

  • WinnipegDave

    Unfortunate but it did look like he was out.

    • WBBsAs

      Careless baserunning.

      • WinnipegDave

        Careless whispers.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Definitely guilty feet!

          • WinnipegDave

            Got no rhythm.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Got no base, either.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha! 🙂

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Let’s see if the kid can keep his composure.

  • Bumsrap

    Utley knows better

    • WBBsAs

      Gotta settle for one…

      • Bumsrap

        Its the pitch count that bugs me

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K or double play, J!

    • Bumsrap

      Or both, strike em out, throw em out

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Box score at this moment: both teams have a license to kill — 001

    • WBBsAs

      I’d like the Cubbies’ line as 007.

      • Bumsrap

        There could be a movie made out of that

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Definite composure by the kid!

    • WinnipegDave

      Cost him an inning worth of pitches but he seems cool like a cucumber.

  • Bumsrap

    37 pitches now after a 25 pitch 2nd.

  • WinnipegDave

    Alright – this part of the Dodger line up – you can get on base, run wild and hit for extra bases.
    And score runs.

    • WinnipegDave

      Except I forgot that Gonzo was leading off. He gets on base but might not run wild. 🙂

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Didn’t he get a SB vs. the Nats?

      • WinnipegDave

        He tried to run wild.

        • WBBsAs

          He was in there!

          • WinnipegDave

            Absolutely. It was a great slide.

  • WinnipegDave

    OK Tolesie.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not-so-Speedy Gonzalez . . . until the review

  • Bob_Hendley

    Safe!

    • WinnipegDave

      I agree!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cue the “Jeopardy” music

  • WinnipegDave

    Loved the finger wag by Gonzo!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Boo!

  • WinnipegDave

    Not a good call. At all.

  • Local umps AND NYC missed it.

    • Bumsrap

      I think if the ump had said safe, NYC would have agreed with that as well

      • WinnipegDave

        Then what’s the point of replay, he says sulkingly.

        • Bumsrap

          Too close to change the call either way

          • WinnipegDave

            Yes. It’s true. I’m just griping.

    • WinnipegDave

      I can see why the local umps missed it. But I thought the replay was clear.

  • Bob_Hendley

    That last view showed the hand was down on the plate.

    • Bumsrap

      TV should have done a froze frame at the point Agon’s fingers toughed the plate

      • Bumsrap

        freeze frame?

  • WinnipegDave

    I suppose his hand could have been above the plate just long enough that tag got him. (But I don’t think so.)

  • WinnipegDave

    So through 3 1/2 the score is (1)0-0.

  • WinnipegDave

    OK Utley. Help out your pitcher.

    • WinnipegDave

      Grrr.

  • WinnipegDave

    A little bunt and a blop hit.

  • WinnipegDave

    Horrible throw by Toles. A good throw would have had him easy.

    • Jack Dawkins

      It was so bad it moved up the other runners too.

      • WinnipegDave

        Sigh.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers not making or getting breaks tonight.

  • John_from_Aus

    somehow we need to limit the damage here

    • WinnipegDave

      This might be the last inning for Urias regardless. Baez warming up.

  • 65 pitches and nobody out in the 4th. Julio is not long for this game.

  • Wheels coming off.

  • WinnipegDave

    Shoot.

  • WinnipegDave

    The defense really didn’t help Urias but that last pitch was a big mistake.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nothing going right for Toles tonight.

    • WinnipegDave

      No RBI single. Bad throw. No catch there.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Ok..the nightmare inning is over. Time to get to work.

    • WinnipegDave

      Would love to come back and score 2+ runs here off of Lackey.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bloody Angel.

    • WBBsAs

      Judgmentally dyslexic.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Where is Bob? Ring the CI alarm!

    • WinnipegDave

      Finally a break for the Dodgers.

  • John_from_Aus

    there’s a start

  • Oh foo.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well – get it all out of the system tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Time to put my son to bed.

    • WinnipegDave

      Which likely will be the most fun I have tonight.

  • John_from_Aus

    a chance again

  • WinnipegDave

    Just read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with my son and I am feeling better about tonight’s gene.

    • John_from_Aus

      hopefully it will read as the terrible, horrible, getting better, even better, fantastic, brilliant day

      • WinnipegDave

        40% there.

        • John_from_Aus

          a single from Kike would have really helped with that

          • 0-5 in the postseason from Kiké.

          • John_from_Aus

            hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I would have much rather seen Puig at the plate, then Howie could now be fielding at 2nd and Puig in the outfield

          • John_from_Aus

            and possible not made an error at 2nd

          • WinnipegDave

            Yes. A single there would have moved it from getting better to even better.

      • WinnipegDave

        It ended up as terrible, horrible, getting better, nope – now much worse, unbelievably bad day.

  • John_from_Aus

    c’mon Corey, one over the fence

  • Bob_Hendley

    A break!

  • John_from_Aus

    nice Justin

  • John_from_Aus

    nice, when I saw in play (runs), I was hoping for a grand salami, but you have to start somewhere. (and still only 1 out)

  • John_from_Aus

    simple single needed here

  • Jack Dawkins

    Redemption time for Kiki?

  • WinnipegDave

    Needed one more run out of that. Or 2.
    Or 4.

  • WinnipegDave

    Defense at 2nd base is not helping us tonight.

  • Bullpen having a horrible day.

    • WinnipegDave

      See: Alexander and his day.

  • WinnipegDave

    So – we were 40% there towards a comeback tonight but now down to 25% and falling.

    • WinnipegDave

      20%…

  • Jack Dawkins

    Keystone Kops.

  • scooplew

    From one of our best games of the year to one of our worst. That’s baseball.

  • WinnipegDave

    This feels like an away game. Against a lefty. With a triple A lineup.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Two words: ug ly.
    Guess it all turned around after the play at the plate.
    As well as the Dodgers looked last night, they seem as bad tonight.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Silver Lining Dept: A blowout lessens the suspense/stress.
    Lose by 8, lose by 1, it’s still an L. (But it would be nice to look like you belong in the game.)

  • Bumsrap

    I switched over to the debate after the 3rd or 4th and after sneaking a peak at the score just now came back. The Dodgers have some rusty pitchers and a couple that have worked hard.

  • scooplew

    Kershaw tomorrow on three days’ rest, I expect.

    • WinnipegDave

      Nope. With a Game 6 looming now, may as well save him for that. Plus, he threw today which he wouldn’t do the day before a start.

      • scooplew

        My worry is that if we lose tomorrow without him, we head back to Chicago three games to two needing a sweep there. Not sure what is the best way to go.

        • WinnipegDave

          But if you figure a win when Kershaw pitches and figure not a win when Maeda pitches, then either way it comes down to Hill on the road in Game 7.

          • scooplew

            If Maeda starts tomorrow and falters, who would be behind him?

  • scooplew

    Good news department: Jansen gets a needed night off. (OK, OK, I’m grasping at straws.)

  • RBI

    I’m hoping the Cubbies will have used up all their runs tonight.

    • scooplew

      And that we have used up all of our errors. (We certainly haven’t used up all our hits tonight.)

      • RBI

        Sloppy sloppy plays out there.

      • Bumsrap

        I thought Joc’s throw was perfect and it was Grandal that let it go over his head by going from home plate where the ball was thrown to and running toward the mound to try to cut it off.

        The ball bounced off the mound higher than Grandal expected but would have been right on the mark had he more cautiously stayed closer to home.

  • RBI

    My poor son is at the game. He thinks it’s all his fault.

    • WinnipegDave

      It’s my fault for watching the game and ignoring my in-laws who decided to come to day on one days notice. I’ll take this one for the team.

  • scooplew

    Dastardly detail: The middle three innings for the Cubs — 4 1 5 — is the area code for San Francisco.

    • RBI

      Argh! I don’t want to know that!

      • WinnipegDave

        And LA couldn’t even respond with 2 1 3. (I think I recall that’s LA’s area code.)

        • RBI

          Or 3 2 3. Or 3 1 0.

          • John_from_Aus

            not that I watched it much, but I remember that beverly hills is 91210

          • WinnipegDave

            That’s the zip (postal) code and not the area (telephone) code. But I would take it as the first five innings in the Dodgers’ linescore tomorrow.

        • RBI

          8 1 8 would be nice.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh well – I guess the series you really want to clinch at home is the World Series.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Except RBI would see it tomorrow.

  • WinnipegDave

    Here’s hoping we have an ace – or two – in the hole if Maeda falters. If the Dodgers don’t respond strongly tomorrow, it may come down to Kershaw and Hill winning Game 6 and 7 on the road in Chicago.

    #whateverittakes

    • John_from_Aus

      I hope we don’t have to win both in Chicago, tough ask

  • WinnipegDave

    Maybe this game could be the (4×2)+1 game!

  • WinnipegDave

    Well, I don’t care what anyone says – in my augmented reality the Dodgers only lost 10-3. Take that Angel Hernandez.

    • RBI

      Ha! I like your fighting spirit.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks RBI!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Meh. Look forward to Maeda stepping up.

  • WinnipegDave

    Night all. We’ll get them tomorrow.

  • Bumsrap

    The Dodgers will honk the horns of victory tonight and the Cubs will scurry back to Chicago. https://youtu.be/ETrWMvicKps

  • WBBsAs

    Fortunately, you can only lose one game a day, and the final score doesn’t matter all that much.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Heading out to a Rickie Lee Jones concert, so wil be late joining today. Go Blue!

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