NLCS Game One, 2016

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

I’m pretty sure when RHP Kenta Maeda (16-11, 3.48 ERA) signed with the Dodgers last off-season he didn’t expect to be starting Game One of the NLCS. Nonetheless, that’s what he’s doing. He’ll face LHP Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44 ERA) of the Cubs. Yes, another lefty. Maeda started Game Three against the Nats in the NLDS and gave up four runs on five hits in three innings. Lester started Game One of the other NLDS against the Giants and threw eight shutout innings to pick up the win.

We all know the history here: the Dodgers haven’t won a World Series since 1988, but that pales in comparison to the Cubs, who haven’t made it to a Series since 1945 and haven’t won one since 1908. What more needs to be said?

In case you missed it, yesterday Orel Hershiser posted this:

I don’t know why Twitter isn’t posting those in normal format. Click the Pic link to see the Dodgers’ roster for the NLCS.

Someone post the lineup when it’s up; I’ll be dining out at game time (what was the committee thinking)?

  • WBBsAs

    The Dodgers are an underdog in this series, and that’s OK – so they were throughout 1988, and this year has been a success no matter this week’s results.

    Still, the opposing team should embrace its inner Cubbiness, and continue an admirable tradition of futility.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Liked the first sentence.
      But if LA wasn’t playing them, I would really be pulling hard for the Cubs. If the Dodgers win, I hope it is truly an LA victory and not a Cubs loss, in the same way Vin prayed there were not goats in the Series (no Chicago reference intended).

      • WBBsAs

        If the Dodgers win, the Cubbies lose. It’s binary.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          But I’m not hoping for their pain to continue.
          Yes, it will be a result, but it’s not my primary goal.

  • WBBsAs
    • I saw the Angels play there once in 1961. Fun article. Thank you, sir.

      • WBBsAs

        Steve Bilko won the Triple Crown while playing there: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Bilko

        • scooplew

          When I was a kid he was a favorite of mine. Classic 4-A
          player. In 10 seasons in the majors, only two of which he played in at
          least 100 games, he hit 76 homers and batted .249. In 13 minor league
          seasons he hit 313 homers and batted .312. Big weight problem. He was 6 feet 1, and supposedly weighed between 230 and 240, but he looked much bigger. The L.A. Times once ran this headline: “Not even Mrs.Bilko knows his weight.”

          • WBBsAs

            I recall Bilko because I followed the Seattle Rainiers – though I never attended a Rainiers’ game, we saw them on TV because we lived in Tacoma. I can’t recall anything specific about him, though. In 1960, the Tacoma Giants joined the league, and I went to many games, but I remained a Dodgers fan on the major league level. I did see future Dodger Manny Mota play in Tacoma, and had a program with his autograph, but it’s sadly lost.

          • Bumsrap

            Might Steve Bilko have made more money playing for the minor league Angels than the MLB Reds?

      • scooplew

        Fun article. Agree. My dad used to take me to see the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League play there. We lived in Boyle Heights, so it was a long drive. Gilmore Stadium — home of the Hollywood Stars — was closer. Saw many games at both parks. “Home Run Derby” was filmed at Wrigley Field several decades ago. It is fun to watch. You won’t believe how small the monetary prizes were, but everything is relative. If you want to read a good book about baseball in California, go for “The Golden Game: The Story of California Baseball,” by Kevin Nelson. It was published in 2004.

  • scooplew

    For the NLCS roster, the Dodgers added Wood and Hernandez and dropped Culberson and Barnes.

    • John_from_Aus

      Charlie sacked for failed bunt?

      • Bob_Hendley

        I’d like to think that their roster and lineup decisions are a bit more involved than that and based at the very least on how he generally has looked at the plate. Quique has more potential power and is capable of turning on one if he guesses right, notwithstanding Culberson’s heroics.

        • John_from_Aus

          I must say I am liking him in the lineup today

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            May we say the same 6 hours from now!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Anyone here with experience with Sling TV? I have run out of other options for seeing the game live.

    • WBBsAs

      Do you have MLBTV subscription?

      • Bob_Hendley

        I do have indeed, but I am given to believe that they only carry TBS games and not FS1.

  • RBI

    Here’s the lineup. I shall be watching on Gameday at the Oldchella Desert Concert in Indio. Sensory Overload time!

    Los Angeles Dodgers
    LF Howie Kendrick
    3B Justin Turner
    SS Corey Seager
    RF Yasiel Puig
    1B Adrian Gonzalez
    C Carlos Ruiz
    2B Enrique Hernandez
    CF Joc Pederson
    RHP Kenta Maeda

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sometimes sensory overload is good for the distraction.
      As I said about Thursday, I missed the frustrating flailing at the ball and came back to the game with the tension-filled bottom of the 7th thru the 9th. I was wreck with that, can only imagine what I would’ve been had I listened to the non-hitting innings.

      • John_from_Aus

        I have to drive my son to camp today, so I will miss the first 2 and a half hours (I have pressed record so I can watch it later). I may then arrive home round about the 7th

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          . . . or earlier in the game, the way these have timed out!

          • WBBsAs

            Depending on whether Báez takes the mound at any point…

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            True! — tho he HAS gotten better.

          • RBI

            Ha!

        • RBI

          I’m guessing we may not get to over 500 today, but you never know.

  • scooplew

    I feel quite relaxed about today’s game. If we win it, I wonder if Kershaw’s start would be pushed back to Tuesday.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Would be a nice problem to have, but who would you start game 2 in that event?

      • scooplew

        Stripling? Urias?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Both!

  • Bob_Hendley

    I would be tempted not to stand up for that particular rendition, but to turn and run away.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Resolved my viewing issues.

      • WBBsAs

        I was going to suggest a work-around, but had to leave the house for a while.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Went with Sling TV and free seven-day trial period.

  • WBBsAs

    That’s what happens when you put a rookie in LF.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Sailed on him and not enough athleticism to catch up with it.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Shades of Henley.

    • WBBsAs

      AGon never had a chance.

  • Bumsrap

    Two outs and Agon steps back toward second and then runs to third. Maybe there is a more descriptive word than run.

    • Bob_Hendley

      He just did what he was told.

  • WinnipegDave

    Cubs are a tough team. And a bit lucky too.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s keep it at two here Maeda.

  • Bumsrap

    Are the Cubs still up?

    • WinnipegDave

      Up at bat and up on the scoreboard.

  • WinnipegDave

    Drat and a half.

    • Bumsrap

      Cubs turning lemons into lemonade

      • WinnipegDave

        And turning a lemonade stand into a multi-million dollar empire.

        • Bumsrap

          Two years ago that is what was being said about the Nationals

          • WinnipegDave

            Good point.

  • RBI

    Well, I wasn’t expecting this one, but I would like it not to be a rout. See y’all on the other side.

  • WinnipegDave

    Turner robbed by a great catch by Fowler.

    • Bumsrap

      Dodger line drives hang long enough to be caught, Cubs pop ups find a place to land. Things will change. Okay, after Seager slams a ball into a glove.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager hit a rocket right to Rizzo.

  • WinnipegDave

    Could really use a zero here Maeda and fielders.

  • WinnipegDave

    DP?
    Nope
    Seems like we can’t turn them anymore.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Tough one to turn.

      • WinnipegDave

        Tough. Easy. Seems like either way we can’t turn them.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Sure, but you are only allowed to complain about the easy ones.

          • WinnipegDave

            Cubs d making the spectacular plays.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Sure.

          • WinnipegDave

            I amended my original statement because it was too whiny for my liking.

  • WinnipegDave

    Alright. Batter up. Let’s get some hits.

    • Bob_Hendley

      And get some cooperation from the gods of baseball.

  • HLKLA

    What a catch!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hahahaha. The announcer just took a shot at the Dodgers for not signing Greinke.

    • HLKLA

      We won that decision.

    • WBBsAs

      A team that’s suffered the most DL days in history should have re-signed a guy who’s also on the DL?

  • HLKLA

    Everything we hit gets caught.

  • scooplew

    Good 3rd inning by Maeda, but he still has given up 11 earned runs in his last 9 2/3 innings.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers can’t catch a break.
    Cubs catching everything.

  • scooplew

    Balls will start to fall in for us . . . I hope.

  • HLKLA

    Man, that was a good pitch!

  • HLKLA

    K!

  • Bumsrap

    Lester has a shutout but the Dodgers are hitting the ball hard. Here we go. It starts now.

  • Bob_Hendley

    And so it continues…

  • HLKLA

    I do not get using Ethier here.

    • Bob_Hendley

      A little strange, but wouldn’t make much sense to save him for Chapman.

    • Bumsrap

      Let Ethier explain it to you

      • Bob_Hendley

        Explains with a dinger!

  • WinnipegDave

    Joc probably shouldn’t be bunting too much any more.

    • HLKLA

      Agree.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Would have made sense with the usual shift against him, but unlike when he was in Tampa, Madden doesn’t shift much with the Cubs.

      • WinnipegDave

        Good point Bob.

    • Bumsrap

      And did it with the wind blowing out

  • HLKLA

    Okay I take it back!

  • WinnipegDave

    Too bad Joc wasn’t on base!

  • WBBsAs

    Ethier…can’t hit lefties.

    • HLKLA

      Just not very well or often.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Lester not on his game, but getting by handsomely.

      • WBBsAs

        Dodgers hitting ball hard, but Cubbies playing excellent D.

  • Bumsrap

    The game slowed down, what happened?

    • HLKLA

      Baez pitching.

      • Bumsrap

        Isn’t there supposed to be a 4 game suspension for taking the air out of a game?

  • Bob_Hendley

    How late does the El run?

    • HLKLA

      24/7 according to their web site.

      • Bumsrap

        That might not be long enough if Baez stays in

  • WinnipegDave

    That last one looked like a strike.

  • WinnipegDave

    Got him.

  • WinnipegDave

    Big bats coming up.

    • HLKLA

      One bat already down.

      • WinnipegDave

        Now two.

    • HLKLA

      With nothing to show for it.

  • Bumsrap

    I am going to watch the rest of the game in the morning. Night all.

    • WinnipegDave

      We will try and make it a pleasant Sunday morning for you!

  • WinnipegDave

    Baez nearing the end at 28 pitches. But bottom of the order up.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Baez pitches by the hour.

      • WBBsAs

        He’s done well, though (no me hagas el mufa, Pedro).

      • HLKLA

        They time him with a sundial.

  • WinnipegDave

    Lester out. Soler batting in his spot.

  • WinnipegDave

    Great job Baez!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Good job Quique!

  • scooplew

    It is often painful to watch Grandal and Joc with two strikes.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Big swingers for sure, but big payoffs tonight in Wrigley if they can loft the ball.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Be nice to get to them before Chapman.

    • WBBsAs

      2016 BC…

  • Bob_Hendley

    A break!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Way to go Toles!

      • WinnipegDave

        Safe!

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Seager!

  • WinnipegDave

    Please.

  • WinnipegDave

    Butter and egg man is our last hope this inning.

  • Bob_Hendley

    8-14 IRS, so there is that.

    • Bob_Hendley

      10-17!

  • WinnipegDave

    Tied up!!!!

  • WBBsAs

    Chapman had to duck!

  • Yahoo!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Dinner over?

      • Yep. And a good time was had by all. I have never been hugged by so many women nor shaken so many men’s hands in my life.

        • WinnipegDave

          That’s my kind of committee!

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Grandal!

  • WinnipegDave

    Need Joc to win it in the ninth.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    AGon, again!
    Was occupied with an event and followed on Gameday to a certain extent, got to my car and heard his clutch hit . . . Let’s go, Dodgers!

  • HLKLA

    Our runs came with lefty vs lefty situations tonight.

    • WinnipegDave

      Because – of course they did.

      • WinnipegDave

        And all with 2 outs as well.

  • WinnipegDave

    Come on Joe. Keep us in this.

  • WinnipegDave

    1 out and runner holds at 2nd.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hmmm pitching around Hayward to get to Baez?
    I hope this works Dave.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Looks like a good bet to me.

    • WinnipegDave

      It did!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Now walk the next guy to get Chapman out of the game?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Yes, but . . .

  • WinnipegDave

    This is what you call effectively wild!
    So wild, it gets Chapman out of the game!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Gutsy move.

      • WinnipegDave

        Chess match for sure.

  • Oh man.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    One strike away from an awesome move . . .

  • WinnipegDave

    Unfortunate.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      – er

  • Again?

  • WBBsAs

    I refuse to believe what I just saw.

  • scooplew

    OMG! Simply crushing, crushing, crushing., And on an 0-2 pitch. Give me a break.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well, we got a real good look at this game. Final score may not look good, but we were right there.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The hanging ball would probably be hit hard by anyone.
    Planning can be perfect but you still need execution.

    • scooplew

      And I think we were just executed.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Touche

  • scooplew

    I slapped my hands on both sides of my head. I will try not to do that again.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      “Home Alone” moment?

      • scooplew

        Precisely!

  • Bob_Hendley

    A rout as RBI feared.

    • scooplew

      But in the most unlikely of ways.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      But not in the way expected, I bet.
      When I saw Cubs were up 3-0, I feared the same, then was pleased to see while the offense wasn’t doing anything, they weren’t giving up anything. Then, as Dave said, they were definitely into the game.

  • scooplew

    Uh, perhaps it is time to remove Blanton.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Doesn’t really matter at this point.

      • scooplew

        For Blanton’s mental well-being. We will need him again in this series.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Was thinking the same thing — as both of you — but agree with Scoop.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Two consecutive games where the offense came up big but the bullpen couldn’t shut them down.

    • WBBsAs

      The bullpen did fine in the last game.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Not after the bats put them ahead. Scored 4, gave up 2.

        • WBBsAs

          You weren’t satisfied with Kenley and Kershaw?

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            To be honest, not with Kenley in the 9th, but completely understandable.
            What I was trying to say is when you score, you need to shut them down in the immediate half-inning. They did not do that Thursday nor tonight.

  • 2 outs, 2 strikes, one bad slider, 4 runs.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      This is the Broxton Moment of this year.

    • Bumsrap

      2 outs, 2 strikes, 0 balls. Vin always groaned when a pitcher grooved a pitch on an 0-2 count.

  • WinnipegDave

    So Kershaw tomorrow you say? I’ll take our chances to tie the series…

  • WinnipegDave

    See now if it was still tied we would all be pretty jazzed with Joc getting on there.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Get their pitcher to work a bit, at the very least.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Gotta admire the “never-say-die” attitude!

  • WinnipegDave

    Now it’s even more frustrating… Or amazingly exciting!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shoot.
    But sounded like it was hit well.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well that was dumb luck.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Tho I missed most of the game, I think there are a lot of positives to be taken from this and I’m confident Dave will be able to play them up.
    The score definitely didn’t reflect how tough they played it.

    • scooplew

      I agree.
      It’s funny. Before the game began I was feeling some sympathy for the Cubs’ century-plus of frustration and that losing the series to them would not be the worst of all worlds. That feeling is GONE! Need Kershaw to be the catalyst in tying it up tomorrow.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Gotta admit, I still feel like you did initially — tho it got a bit tough there!

      • Bob_Hendley

        They have waited this long, they can wait another year as far as I am concerned.

        • scooplew

          With you on that. When you’ve waited 107 seasons, one more would be less than a one percent increase.

  • scooplew

    In a game in which we had so many hard hit outs, it is not surprising that it ended this way.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No major winning comeback on this Oct. 15 . . .
    So let’s make Oct. 16 a date to remember . . .
    Go, Dodgers!

  • I’m in the air till noon Pacific time tomorrow but hope to get a thread up when I get to my cousin’s home.

    • scooplew

      Have a safe flight.

      • Thanks.

        • scooplew

          Are you flying to L.A.? Perhaps seeing a game?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Good flight. Just great to meet our fearless leader!

  • scooplew

    Many bright spots tonight in a very tough loss, including Ethier, Baez, Toles and Gonzalez.

  • Goodnight.

  • RBI

    Hi all. Taking a break between acts. Neil Young made this loss a lot easier. But let’s get them tomorrow. I’ll catch you later.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Good for you. Enjoy!

  • foul tip

    This gem from Jon describing Dre’s HR:

    “It rose, it arced, it ordered drinks and a caprese sandwich from the food cart and settled in for a movie, and then it landed beyond the ivy.”

    And talk about an unconventional DR move working out. Historically bad-vs-lefties Dre coming thru. Maybe some luck with wind and such, but then isn’t luck involved with a lot of baseball?

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