NLCS Game Two, 2016

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

The Dodgers once again ask LHP Clayton Kershaw (12-4, 1.69 ERA) to pull their bacon out of the fire or stop the bleeding or pick your clichΓ©. He’s pitching on regular rest from his last start, as long as you don’t count his bullpen heroics in Game Five of the NLDS against him. He’ll face RHP Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13 ERA). Hendricks finished up strongly, going 7-1 with a 1.72 ERA in his last 11 starts. Like Lester, he’s been his best at Wrigley Field (9-2, 1.32). We know what Kershaw’s done, although his strikeout to walk ratio is still startling: he struck out 172 hitters while walking only 11 (one intentionally). That is a 15.6-1 ratio.

The visitors always want to steal a game in the other team’s home park. The Dodgers had a shot at it last night but failed. They’re hoping they can do it tonight.

Interesting note: the Cubs didn’t face any of the Dodgers’ three most likely starting pitchers in this series during the regular season. Kershaw faced them twice in 2015, beating him at Wrigley and losing at Dodger Stadium.

Lineup:

  • Bumsrap

    Dodgers hit the ball hard yesterday and many of the hard hit balls just were too close to a glove. I thought they played well. Blanton was tired. Surprised he didn’t waste a pitch with an 0 – 2 count before the grand slam pitch.

    I would rather Kershaw pitch Tuesday in LA. I would have liked for Stewart to be on the team and start today.

    Now that I got that out of the way I am ready for Dodger baseball.

    • HLKLA

      We may all be wishing Stewart started tonight if Kershaw pitches like he normally does in October.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I’m concerned more because of the stress on his back these last 10 days than the curse. I think/hope he went a long way in putting that to rest Thursday night.

      • foul tip

        Not exactly. Kersh’s high-profile problems obscure a far better playoff history than the popular narrative. Jon took one of his customary balanced looks recently:

        http://dodgers.mlblogs.com/2016/10/03/clayton-kershaw-in-the-playoffs-myth-and-reality/

    • Bob_Hendley

      Isn’t that essentially trading a Stewart start for a Hill, Urias or Maeda start? Seems a gamble.

      • Bumsrap

        I would like to see Kershaw pitch with 4 full days rest and Hill isn’t ready for game 2 either. Stewart / Urias for game 2 then for 3, 4, 5 it would be Kershaw, Hill, Maeda.

  • I am in Pasadena in front of a TV.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      You put on the miles this last week!

    • Bumsrap

      Are they decorating the floats yet?

  • WinnipegDave

    It’s almost go time, show time.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Energetic partisan crowd — so i don’t want to hear cheering!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Kersh!

  • WBBsAs

    Fine play by Turner!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K to K from K

  • Bumsrap

    Enjoying the game with popcorn

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    AGon, again!

  • Bob_Hendley

    A-Goner!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Butter & egg man resuming deliveries!

  • John_from_Aus

    Adrian!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh yeah! Nice work Adrian.

  • WinnipegDave

    Why is Joc bunting?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Shift

      • WinnipegDave

        He should stick to trying to hit the ball well – and far.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Ok coach.

          • WinnipegDave

            πŸ™‚

          • Bob_Hendley

            He may think that he gets more hittable balls if he flashes bunt.

          • WinnipegDave

            Hmmm interesting. Hadn’t thought about that.

        • Bumsrap

          He tried both

    • Shift is extreme.

  • Six more just like that please.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc has been going opposite field with his long fly balls.

  • WinnipegDave

    It would be great to get Kershaw up to bat this inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good stuff from Seager.

  • HLKLA

    Always like the one pitch one out events.

  • Bob_Hendley

    The surgeon!

  • WinnipegDave

    So – our first lead of the series.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hopefully Steve Allen predicted it: “This could be the start of something big.”

    • Bob_Hendley

      Need to get our runs early before they bring in the southpaws.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Justin needs to make him pay.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Crowd seems to be murmuring.

    • WinnipegDave

      Lots of full counts will do that.

    • Bumsrap

      Standing up for 2 strike pitches and moaning on balls

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Deja vu, Adrian!

    • Bumsrap

      Pitch count rising

  • WinnipegDave

    Making Hendricks work at least.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and hopefully that’s the very least!

  • Jack Dawkins

    He is very on tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw pitching alright so far I suppose.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Gotta love the pitch count.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Almost as much as the results!

  • Bumsrap

    Long waits between playoff innings

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      “Cha-ching” is the song they sing.

      • WinnipegDave

        Catchy Bob!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          “Money, Money, Money” and “Money Makes the World Go Round” were taken.

        • Bumsrap

          Vegas jargon

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            That, too — forget “Viva Las Vegas” as the theme song!

  • WinnipegDave

    He should have bunted. πŸ˜‰

  • Bob_Hendley

    Don’t start that again!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Justin has been doing his Brooks Robinson impersonation.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good pick Turner.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice play Kershaw.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Looks like he feels good out there. Very comfortable.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ha! Nice foul ball.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Purpose pitch.

  • Jack Dawkins

    40 pitches through 4. Not a hint of stress.

    • WinnipegDave

      I would take 80 through 8 and no stress.

      Or 90 through 9 and no stress.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I am willing to change my moniker to Kyle Hendricks.

        • WinnipegDave

          Easy now Bob. That would be crazy stuff. πŸ™‚

  • Bumsrap

    Need a force out at second or a home run.

    • Bob_Hendley

      How about a pick off?

      • Bumsrap

        Other than him diving back…

  • WinnipegDave

    That fly our made me flinch for a second.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Fly balls in Wrigley scare me.

  • WinnipegDave

    I only care about the win.

    • WinnipegDave

      Sorta πŸ™

  • WinnipegDave

    Here comes the stress.

  • WinnipegDave

    Now Kershaw can sit for a bit.

  • Jack Dawkins

    51 through 5.

  • Bumsrap

    Dodger pitchers have not had as good of an inning as they were previously pitching after they run the bases.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That was my concern — Kersh bent but didn’t break.

  • Bumsrap

    JOC time. Well, eventually.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shoot.
    This DP hurts more than last night.

  • Rats.

  • WinnipegDave

    Cubs making and taking all the breaks in this series so far.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      But LA still leads.

      • WBBsAs

        In this game, yes…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No room for error from Kersh.
    Sure hope the late-inning-hitting Dodgers show up.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    After the last two marathon games, this is on an incredibly fast pace!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice to win one of those long at-bats.

  • Jack Dawkins

    He is at 70 pitches, but he is looking a lil off all of a sudden?

    • Two 3-ball counts.

      • Jack Dawkins

        Bryant is a tough out, so I am hoping that was the reason.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          And he’ll be once more — hopefully not until the 9th. And hopefully not the tying or go-ahead run.

  • Bumsrap

    The dreaded 6th gone πŸ™‚

  • Jack Dawkins

    Time for Chase to be Chase.

    • Bumsrap

      Chase Grandal in?

    • Bumsrap

      Chase one through the infield?

  • Jack Dawkins

    Ok…time for Seager to be Seager.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Tagged it, but at someone.

    • WBBsAs

      Pretty routine, really.

  • Bumsrap

    IF I were a Cubs fan I would have been nervous after that ball came off the bat.

  • Jack Dawkins

    He isn’t looking good here.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Oh man, I hope that doesn’t come back to haunt us.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This is the way the Cubs used to lose.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Gotta love AGon’s hustle to cover, to a point.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Did he distract Grandal?

        • Bob_Hendley

          I think so.

          • Bumsrap

            The fans behind home plate were really yelling so Grandal probably never heard or saw Agon.

      • Bumsrap

        He had to cover though because Grandal was still looking for the ball

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice Komeback, Kersh!

    • Bumsrap

      Only two extra pitches

  • Jack Dawkins

    All of a sudden hes got his control back.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Whew

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Jinx — you owe me a Coke (Zero)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Whew!
    The cursed 7th in the rear view mirror!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Got away with one there.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I think that should be it for Kersh.

      • Bob_Hendley

        It will be the bottom of the lineup and the less Kenley goes the better so that he might face the top of the lineup fresh

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    How about an APB for the bats? — your pitcher has 1/3 of your hits today!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Baez for bottom of the order in the 8th, and Kenley for the top of the order in the 9th?

  • WinnipegDave

    Wheeooh! This game is tense.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Not “fun” anymore? πŸ™‚

      • WinnipegDave

        Oh no. It’s still fun. Game 2 of NLCS. Very fun. πŸ˜‰

  • Bob_Hendley

    A few runs would be nice.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Agree.
      I’d settle for just another one. (I think — depends on if they squander a chance for more!)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    HBP used to be a major offensive strategy — hope it is again!

  • HLKLA

    Let’s wake up the bats guys!

  • Bumsrap

    Could do without the PlayStationVue ad.

  • WinnipegDave

    KJ coming in.

  • Jack Dawkins

    not sure I’m digging the 6 out save.

    • WinnipegDave

      Especially where the Cubs are in the batting order.

    • HLKLA

      Sure. Kenley gets us through the eighth and we score 25 runs in the ninth and we pitch anyone we want.

      • WinnipegDave

        I vote Puig.

        • HLKLA

          He sure batted like a pitcher in that at bat.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not getting any easier . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!

  • Bumsrap

    Probably good that the Cubs got 2 hits in the 6th.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and no more for the rest of the game?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Montero is the Cub’s Kirk Gibson as they will remember Oct. 15 for a while.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK-enley!!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Couldn’t have gone better.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bats, I ask you. I implore you. I beg you — get another run!
    Pleeeeeeeeaaaaaaaasssssseeeeee?

  • WinnipegDave

    Maybe Urias should have done his side pitching on the mound for one inning tonight. Then we could have had a fresh KJ for the 9th.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Only 9 pitches.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Plus the intensity/stress.

  • HLKLA

    Now this is baseball as it should be played. If it was 1965!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Except Sandy probably went the complete game (without the playoff games, of course).

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Joc-ularity!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A Dodger stealing a base!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Definitely reminiscent of Maury and ’65

    • WinnipegDave

      Ump are impressive sometimes.

    • Bumsrap

      Looked like he had a good jump, looked like he was speeding down to second, and yet it was close. Yikes.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, bats! (Or even an error.)

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Even a balk . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    So much for my plan to get things done while listening to the game!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Maybe the bats will be found the next time they come up — hopefully in LA, with the series tied.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Wasted chance. A squeeze should have been tried with kiki.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      The “small ball” and speed of last year’s Royals is a missing factor, tho Dave has tried to make things happen.

  • WinnipegDave

    So. It comes to this.

  • WBBsAs

    What was Puig thinking?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Nothing else has worked?

    • Bumsrap

      Could have been a big gap between first and second and he just tried to punch one over there.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!!!

    • WBBsAs

      My feed’s running a bit behind you.

  • Bob_Hendley

    That’s one!

  • WinnipegDave

    Not counting outs. Not counting…

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Having fun. Having fun.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha! You got me.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          πŸ™‚

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KKKK-enley!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wow!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Handled Bryant tonight — whew!

  • WBBsAs
    • RBI

      That’s who I was just listening to live!

      • WBBsAs

        So to speak…

    • RBI

      Or what’s left of them. But they ROCKED.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    YES!!!!!
    Tied up series!
    Kersh & Kenley, and AGon, AGAIN!

  • Bob_Hendley

    How sweet it is!

  • Bumsrap

    Yes, Yes, Yes

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!!!

  • HLKLA

    W!

    • WinnipegDave

      Flying a different flag tonight Chicago.

  • WBBsAs

    Future people deliver!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Slightly better than waiting for “In play (out[s])”

      • WBBsAs

        That always drives me nuts.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I am sooooooo glad I won’t be having this fun tomorrow night!

  • WinnipegDave

    Handshakes, high fives and hugs!

  • scooplew

    Magnificent! (You all are tougher than I am. I retired to my office to do some work and followed the bottom of the 9th on Gameday. Now I can go watch it on tape.)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    We are still way under the posts from Thursday.
    Does that mean that RBI’s WAR-equivalent is 500?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Well for every post of anguish from her, there are five seeking to mollify her.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Ha!

      • RBI

        Perfect.

    • WinnipegDave

      Much quicker game than Thursday. But RBI does rock.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        No doubt.
        And she’ll probably catch up and respond to this when she gets the chance.

        • RBI

          I am here! I am here! But still at the Desert Concert aka Geezerpalooza for one more
          Night. Back tomorrow.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Manana’s a freebie, NLCS-wise.
            Have fun!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kenley has definitely redeemed himself from that blowout inning . . . and raising his free agency stock.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Link is the only one who remembers that.

    • HLKLA

      Do you think all of this post season work could cause harm to his arm next year?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That was my worry about Kersh.

        • WBBsAs

          CK threw only 84 pitches tonight. Kenley had two nights off before this, and will have another on Monday. He was very efficient – only 18 pitches in two full innings.

  • Yeehaw!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rose forgets that the Cubbies scored 8 runs yesterday.

    • WinnipegDave

      What did Petey say?

      • Bob_Hendley

        That the Cubbies offense needed to get going or they weren’t going to with this series.

        • WinnipegDave

          #analysis

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          We can say the same about the Dodger bats.
          Actually, we did.

    • WBBsAs

      Who’s who here (all of you)?

    • WBBsAs

      Who’s the one in the middle?

  • WinnipegDave

    Okay ALCS. We see your 2-0 and 2-1 games and we raise you with our 1-0.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Who’dve thunk that with the power displays from the Jays?

      • WinnipegDave

        Cleveland shut down Boston and are now dominating the Jays bats too. I am impressed with that team.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Didn’t you say they’re your go-to team after the Dodgers?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Re Kershaw: “. . . the best playoff start of his illustrious career” — http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/kershaw-dodgers-edge-cubs-even-nlcs/ar-AAj2hxx?li=BBnba9I

    Nice that the tide has turned on that story.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (After hearing the woo Who!) what a pitcher we have.

  • WBBsAs
    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thanks — makes me appreciate what they’ve done even more!

      • WBBsAs

        Method(s) to the madness…

    • HLKLA

      But were they impact players?

  • NPUT tomorrow AM.

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Tribe leads Toronto, 4-2 after 7.