NLCS Game Three, 2016

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

The Cubs send RHP Jake Arrieta (18-8, 310 ERA) to the mound to face LHP Rich Hill (12-5, 2.12 ERA) of the Dodgers. The last time Arrieta faced the Dodgers at this start time was last August; all he did was throw a no-hitter at them. Since then he’s faced them once in May of this season and shut them out for seven innings. He’s not been quite that good in the second half of this season and he hasn’t gotten much help: The Cubs lost all five of his starts in July and four of his last six entering the NLCS start. His ERA is 4.44 in his last 16 starts. Hill, a mid-season acquisition by the Dodgers, hasn’t been able to produce as much as they hoped due to blister issues and an inability to go deep in games. He pitched into the fifth inning in a 5-2 loss at Washington in Game 2 of the NLDS and came out in the third inning of Game 5 when he was working on three days’ rest.
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Someone post the lineup when it’s out, please. I’ll be in the air to Honolulu and won’t arrive until about the sixth inning.

  • WBBsAs

    Not to be pedantic, but Arrieta’s no-no was not last August – it was August 2015.

    • Ah well. (Posting from gate 71B at LAX).

      • WBBsAs

        You should be posting from Vin Scully Way.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Aloha oe to the mainland?

  • WBBsAs

    As Harry Shearer would say, “Here it is!” https://twitter.com/Dodgers/status/788466777961312256

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Blue Jays avoid elimination, win 5-1 (trail 3-1 in series).

    • scooplew

      I was surprised that the Indians started Kluber on three days of rest when they were ahead in games, 3-0.

      • WBBsAs

        It was odd.

  • scooplew

    Candy Maldonado and Mitch Webster are the only two players who played with each of the Final Four teams: Dodgers, Cubs, Indians and Blue Jays.

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m out of town tonight at a lecture. Will sneak peeks at the score but won’t be posting too much. Topic of the lecture: Raising Children in the Digital Age. My own screen time might be reduced after tonight to model this well 😉

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      There was an episode of MASH where Hawkeye took a dare to not make wisecracks for 24 hours. At the end of it, he made up for lost time.
      Perhaps you’ll do the same.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sure sounds like Dave is putting Kersh’s long-term health above any immediate gains — just another reason I like him:
    http://m.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article/206495518/clayton-kershaw-could-pitch-in-game-5-or-6/

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Can’t be giving away baserunners, Rich . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Based on the offensive output from both teams last game, this could be the ballgame, right here.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Wouldn’t mind basing the Cubbies offense on what they did last game.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Key K, Rich! One more out . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice recovery, Rich!
    Come alive, bats!

  • Jack Dawkins

    So far so good. Not pretty, but effective.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes — in the field, at least.
      Still need to score to win.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice start, Toles!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice to have a player who’s a threat on the basepaths.
    One of the sports guys in Vegas theorized that Toles would be the leadoff hitter next year for LA.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Corey — a non-1st inning hit, please!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hustle for a run — great job, Corey!

  • Jack Dawkins

    The kid delivers yet again!

  • Bob_Hendley

    There ya go!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, JT!

  • HLKLA

    At least we got one out of all that!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I like it — they manufactured the run.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Nice way to close them down after we scored.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If at first you don’t K, try again — good job, Rich!

  • HLKLA

    Please do not make hill do what Kershaw and Jansen had to do, let’s score more than one run!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and put us all through that again!
      Amen!

  • Bob_in_Vegas
  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Soler was glad he wasn’t Puiged again on that one.

  • HLKLA

    A rocket right to a pocket!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Yas!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Smiles…..

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yas, sir!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Grandal “slam”

  • HLKLA

    There are our insurance runs!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Would be nice to give Kenley an extra day of rest.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s a little early to talk about that. Don’t underestimate these Cubbies, though I’d hope they would embrace their essential Cubbiness.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’m choosing to believe Josh’s baserunning exploits helped rattle Arrieta.
    I soo love a running a game!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Keep the pressure on, Toles. At least turnover the lineup.

  • Jack Dawkins

    I haven’t seen any Dodger take an at bat off tonight.

  • Jack Dawkins

    This is a novelty in the post season. A pitcher whose last name doesn’t begin with K, pitching deep enough in a game to qualify for a win.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Osmosis?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Kontagious

    • Bob_Hendley

      Needs one more inning.

      • Jack Dawkins

        He has pitched 5 no?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Believe it’s six innings with three or less runs. (Sorry thought you were talking about QS).

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I believe Jack’s talking W, not QS

          • Jack Dawkins

            Yes, I was referring to being eligible for the win.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Now he’s both!

          • WBBsAs

            “three runs or fewer” (says the pedant in me).

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just as soon have Hill sitting and resting . . .

    • WBBsAs

      I’d like to see him go deep.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    After two games for the ages which TOOK ages to finish, a 2nd straight game actually under time (I figure an hour for 3 innings).

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The PAR (posts against replacement) for RBI and Dave combined is easily in the hundreds!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hill!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Early-Dodger Rich showed up!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I figured the Hill of his first three starts for LA would definitely be a match for Arrieta . . . but he hasn’t shown up much lately, so i am VERY pleased.

  • Jack Dawkins

    The nine hardest outs left, but I am liking our chances.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Even better now!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT!!!!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Didn’t even need to look up when I heard that crack.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If I have it right, that’s Dodgers leading the HR derby, 3-2 in this series.
    Doesn’t mean much, except the Cubs had more in the regular season.

    • Jack Dawkins

      We also have now outscored them, 9-8.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And hopefully lead in the most important category after 9 more outs . . .

  • HLKLA

    Welcome home Dodgers!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Now begins the parade of southpaws.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hopefully all the horses needed to win have left the barn.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yep!

  • HLKLA

    TV guys had the wrong pitcher pitching.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Kershaw?

      • HLKLA

        For the Cubs.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Then couldn’t be Kershaw, based on the performance.
          Can’t remember where I saw the photo, but a fan was wearing a Cubs jersey with Kershaw’s name on the back . . . talk about having it both ways!

  • HLKLA

    Puig sighting.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig: ” Sorry about that. Don’t look at me.”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    What’s the contract situation with Hill & Reddick?

    • Bob_Hendley

      FAs

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Fah!

      • WBBsAs

        I’d say Hill gets an offer, Reddick not (a healthy Dre fills his niche).

        • Bob_Hendley

          Neither are eligible for a QO, so Dodgers would need to match the market.

          • Jack Dawkins

            I’m not matching any offer on Hill that has years on it.

          • HLKLA

            I agree.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            — or a blister.

          • WBBsAs

            I’d consider two.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Hard to imagine him getting more than three, so a generous two might do it.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I get the context, but what does “QO” mean?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Qualifying offer, which can only be made to FAs that have been with the club the entire season.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Thanks.

  • HLKLA

    Blanton coming in for two?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Radio says Dodgers have never held an LC series lead since ’88 . . .

  • HLKLA

    Now it is the Cubs turn to hit the ball hard at people.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Angel got reversed pretty quickly.

    • HLKLA

      And correctly!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Blanton!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Redemption for Joe!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Corey’s 3rd hit is cumulatively the 10th of the game — guess they’re right that pitching dominates postseason.

    Great that Corey’s becoming a force, other than his two solo HRs.

  • Bumsrap

    Just as I was feeling a little cocky

    • Bumsrap

      Thought I would drop in and say hi

  • HLKLA

    Kenley sighting!

  • Jack Dawkins

    4 out close tonight. Non save though.

    • HLKLA

      He does not usually do well in non save situations.

      • Bumsrap

        True, or so it seems

      • Bob_Hendley

        Or non-stress situations. Seems there may be enough stress here.

        • HLKLA

          Yes. playoff games are stressful! So maybe that will help.

  • RBI

    Kenley time! I am here!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Welcome — you owe about 173 posts.
      Dave can make up the rest. 🙂

      • RBI

        Hahaha times 173.

  • RBI

    Foam finger working overtime tonight for time and the boys in Blue.

    • WBBsAs

      Are you there?

      • RBI

        Yes!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Tough to type with one of those.

      • Bumsrap

        Unless you are a one finger typer

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!

  • RBI

    K!

  • HLKLA

    MVP!

  • RBI

    Three more outs!

  • WinnipegDave

    Well, this seems to be going well tonight.!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ah Dr. Digital has checked in as well.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Welcome back, Slacker. 🙂

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I’m going to be missing a large chunk tomorrow as well, so since my new residence will have glass walls, I won’t throw stones.

          • WinnipegDave

            And I’ll be out on Thursday night. And Saturday.

          • WinnipegDave

            So I won’t throw either!

  • WinnipegDave

    Alright let’s finish this.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice to see Puigie get another hit.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Can picture Vin describing the “wild horse” coming around to score!
    Joc-ularity!

  • Bumsrap

    That works

  • HLKLA

    Offense!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc showing up!

  • RBI

    See what I mean?

  • WBBsAs

    Dodgers pouring it on!

  • RBI

    Nail. In. Coffin.

  • HLKLA

    So does Jansen not pitch the ninth?

    • RBI

      Nobody warming up.

      • Bumsrap

        Bob gave us the early scoop in WA and RBI gives it to in LA.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          — and brought the luck!

    • WinnipegDave

      I would not go with him.

      • RBI

        Kenley back up

        • HLKLA

          Thanks.

      • HLKLA

        He already got one out in the 8th.

        • WinnipegDave

          Thanks. Didn’t realize that. Thought it was still Dayton.

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m happy right now. This is good stuff.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Having fun?

      • WinnipegDave

        This is more of a fun fun.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          — vs. masochistic fun.

          Is your son enjoying it? — or too late?

          • WinnipegDave

            I’m still coming home from the lecture (not driving). Not sure what my son is doing.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Safe travels.

          • WinnipegDave

            Thanks.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sounds like the Cubs play after the Bartman incident . . . but this game should not be in question.

  • RBI

    Happy campers here, too. Cubs fans sneaking out.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      During the regular season, there are usually lots of Cubs fans there. How about tonight?

      • RBI

        Many here. Walking in, I felt like the minority, but then it all worked out!

        • Bumsrap

          Cubs are a big draw in AZ during spring training as well.

      • Bumsrap

        TV keeps showing them not being happy.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sounded scary, with bat pieces flying everywhere.

    • Jack Dawkins

      Jansen could have had a play on the ball, but was ducking splinters.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I agree with his priorities!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Of course, when I pitched (slow softball), as a fielder, I was a terrific matador!

  • RBI

    One down, two to go.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Let’s be efficient and turn two.

  • RBI

    Weird scary hit.

  • Bumsrap

    Now that’s a broken bat

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK-enley!

    • RBI

      Kool as a Kucumber!

  • RBI

    One more out!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenley seems to have incorporated some Kershaw movement in his windup.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Steal from the best.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Makes him awful slow to the plate with runners on. Just saw it for that one pitch, however.

        • Bob_Hendley

          And that last one!

    • Bumsrap

      Who needs Cueto

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Two shutouts in a row!

    • WinnipegDave

      First time ever I think I heard. I could be wrong though.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        First time for Dodgers is what I heard.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO ! ! ! ! ! !

  • HLKLA

    Kenley!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    How sweet it is!

  • Bumsrap

    Did Hill do well enough?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ha! Hard to have been better.

  • Bumsrap

    Welcome to LA

    • WinnipegDave

      We love LA.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Winnipeg is pretty nice as well, no?

        • WinnipegDave

          It’s home and I love it but the winters are long to be sure. You have to find ways to embrace that.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            By finding someone to embrace?

          • WinnipegDave

            Wink wink.

  • HLKLA

    This will make Link’s trip home better!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Game too quick! Maybe hasn’t landed yet.

      • HLKLA

        That is possible!

        • I heard the ninth inning on the car radio!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Jeez. Post game seems to be a postmortem on the Cubbies.

  • Bumsrap

    Things change but, what is being said about the Cubs was being said about the Dodgers.

  • Bumsrap

    Read today that Dodgers and Turner are already talking extension.

    • WinnipegDave

      Turner is going to get longer hair?

      • WBBsAs

        He’ll be able to afford implants to cover his bald spot.

        • Bumsrap

          Nah, he’s a comb over guy.

          • WinnipegDave

            Sweep it up from the beard.

          • Bumsrap

            With two eye hole cutouts.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hope it goes well — the offense turned around when Kersh went down, but also when JT came off the DL.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Grandal, Puig, Peterson, Gonzlaes all heating up.

    • Bumsrap

      Seager with three hits today as well

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Kersh just rests?

    • Bumsrap

      Urias should help with that tomorrow.

    • WinnipegDave

      Dreams of WS Game 1.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Or at least just go here with regular rest.

  • Bumsrap

    A child shall lead the way tomorrow.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hope the bats stay lively.

  • Bumsrap

    Watching the post game show and it reminded me that the Dodgers used speed tonight with Toles and Puig scoring, Reddick and Pederson stealing bases. I like speed.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Me too!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Reddick in particular stole two bases to get to third and limited Arrieta’s options against Grandal. No breaking stuff in the dirt, which Yas has a hard time laying off.

      • scooplew

        Real good observation. I hadn’t thought of the pitch in the dirt perspective.

    • WBBsAs

      Joc really picked their pockets.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Was it Maury Wills who said speed never slumps?

  • RBI

    Can’t wait to see how Julio does. My son is going tomorrow night with his wife, and he and I go on Thursday.

  • scooplew

    Dodgers put it all together tonight. Really special game.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenley with a great interview. He prefers to pitch against lefties and is happy when the opposing manager puts them in to face him. Also, when he has trouble with his pitches, he reverts to practicing with long tosses from his knees, like he used to do when he was a catcher. Finally, big smiles when it is mentioned that he will be an FA.

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