NLDS & ALDS Games Three, 2016

Nationals at Dodgers, 1:00PM PT, TV: MLBN

The Dodgers hand the ball to “rookie” RHP Kenta Maeda (16-11, 3.48 ERA) and ask him to hold the Nats at bay while they solve the lefthanded servings of Gio Gonzalez (11-11, 4.57 ERA). Maeda has never pitched in the postseason; he pitched for the Hiroshima Carp in the Japanese league, and it hasn’t made it above third place since 2000. He was the only Dodger starter who never missed a start the entire season, and the Dodgers were 19-13 when he took the mound. Gonzalez had a horrible year for him: he’d never had an ERA above 3.79 in his previous four years with the Nationals. The team went 14-18 in games he started.

Lineup when available.

ALDS Game Three between the Indians and Red Sox starts at 3:00PM PT and can be seen on TBS. It features RHP Josh Tomlin for the Indians and RHP Clay Buchholz for the Sox. See the previous post for further details about the pitchers.

NLDS Game Three between the Cubs and Giants starts at 6:30PM PT and can be seen on FS1. It features the reigning Cy Young winner RHP Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.10 ERA) against LHP Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74 ERA). Bumgarner is 5-1 with a 0.79 ERA in 68 2/3 innings over his last nine postseason appearances dating back to 2012. Arrieta’s gone 7-6 with a 4.44 ERA in his last 16 starts, and his last time out he allowed seven runs on 10 hits at Pittsburgh.

  • scooplew

    I will now make a “Well, duh” statement: If we can’t beat a lefty like Gonzalez, we don’t deserve to advance to the NLCS. The only right-handed batters whom I think are capable of having big games for us today are Turner and Puig.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Every team has it’s strengths and weaknesses (well, except the Cubbies). Why harp on this weakness to say we don’t “deserve” to advance. If we lose today to Gio, but then win two games against their righties, surely we deserve to advance.

      • scooplew

        You are right, of course. I was being too pessimistic, I guess. And worried.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I certainly understand the feeling. The Dodgers need to help us out by beating their demons (and this guy)!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Also, would not minimize how good Gio can be (eekk!)

  • WBBsAs
  • John_from_Aus

    I’m liking Puig being at 4

  • RBI

    Love this line up today. We are here. Stadium rocking!

  • WBBsAs

    I managed to install a work-around, and I can watch at home today!

  • RBI

    Hate those bloopie hits!

    • WBBsAs

      That was a Gnatball.

  • Blanton having a good year has consequences.

  • WBBsAs

    Wow! They got Murphy out!

    • RBI

      Only to give up the walk…

  • RBI

    Too. Many. Pitches.

  • RBI

    Can you guys see what the problem is from there?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not spotting and they aren’t fishing.

      • RBI

        There’s one fish!

      • RBI

        Two fishes!

    • WBBsAs

      Some very close pitches, and half-plus-swings, not called.

      • RBI

        Looked like two definitely went around from up here, but I don’t always trust the angle.

        • WBBsAs

          You’re at the park? Where, precisely?

          • RBI

            4RS top of the section on the aisle behind home plate on the first base side.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Howie with another well hit out.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Missed it by that much (Maxwell Smart voice). Another dinger.

  • RBI

    That looked inside on Puig.

    • WBBsAs

      It was. He jammed himself.

      • RBI

        Didn’t go around from up here.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Looked that way on replay. Maeda wasn’t getting those.

  • RBI

    AGon forgetting how to deliver…

    • WBBsAs

      You’re a bit ahead of me and, therefore, disappointing me.

      • RBI

        I shall refrain then. Unless it’s good news?

  • WBBsAs

    It’s absurd that Dodgers and Nats are playing early game today. Cubbies and Gnats had all day yesterday to rest.

  • Bob_Hendley

    With six Ks in six official at bats, Bob Costas says that Espinosa is probably happy that he has been hit twice so far.

  • WBBsAs

    A much more satisfactory inning for Maeda.

  • RBI

    Joc very certain he got hit.

  • RBI

    Not loving the umps so far.

  • RBI

    Why out?

    • Bob_Hendley

      They say it hit the bat and catcher caught it.

  • ESPN Radio guys say the replay clearly showed Joc was hit. They’re astonished that NY let the call stand.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Seemed that way from replay.

      • RBI

        Joc was showing them his red knuckles, and they wouldn’t look.

  • Jack Dawkins

    If it hits his hand as he is swinging..it is a swing, not a HBP

    • WBBsAs

      He has to go around, though.

      • Jack Dawkins

        They called it a strike somehow.

        • WBBsAs

          Only if it hit the bat, which it did not appear to.

    • RBI

      But he wasn’t swinging, he was flinching/checking.

    • Bob_Hendley

      3rd base ump said no swing.

  • RBI

    Still mad about the previous inning, and now this. Ugh ugh ugh.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Meanwhile…ugh

    • RBI

      Triple ugh.

  • RBI

    Torture.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Boy, you said it!

  • Oh no.

  • RBI

    Seriously? And now they call a balk?

  • Bob_Hendley

    He was over the plate! Drysdale wouldn’t have like that.

  • Now replay shows Espinosa was NOT hit by pitch, say radio guys.

    • RBI

      Oh, that’s so ridiculous.

      • The radio guys just summarized Maeda’s final line with “hit by pitch, one (maybe).”

  • RBI

    Well, all that happened.

  • RBI

    Bullpen game. WOWSER.

    • WBBsAs

      It makes sense. Maeda ineffective, and getting squeezed.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Time to hope it turns into a pier 6 brawl, as Vin would say.

  • RBI

    Does ANYONE go around except the guy who didn’t?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Quick work by Baez!?

    • RBI

      Yes. Order restored.

  • RBI

    Both Puig and AGon just getting under those pitches.

    • RBI

      Make that all three.

  • Jack Dawkins

    here we go again with the walks

  • RBI

    Enough with the walks!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Struck out six times. Struck three times.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Time to chip away.

    • RBI

      Just said the same thing to my husband.

  • RBI

    Helluva play at first.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Who is the emergency catcher, again?

    • Jack Dawkins

      Jansen???

      • Bob_Hendley

        Howie I think.

    • RBI

      Hahaha. I’ll take it!

    • John_from_Aus

      Kenley 🙂

      • John_from_Aus

        Sorry Jack, your comment only just popped up on my computer

  • Bob_Hendley

    Chooch!

  • Ruiz!

  • Jack Dawkins

    That’s a big chip

  • John_from_Aus

    game on!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Doesn’t justify the trade, but they got him just for this situation.

    • RBI

      I’m glad for him. Some fans were booing him, and it wasn’t his fault.

    • WBBsAs

      Not in itself, but neither it was a foolish transaction.

  • RBI

    This time he looked safe.

    • WBBsAs

      Close, but clearly out.

  • RBI

    At some point, we will get these close ones.

  • John_from_Aus

    unfortunately off to classes, so will have to wait around and hour and a half before I can check back in

    • RBI

      Keep us in your pocket! We need every Link-fan out there…

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dusty also using up his catchers.

  • RBI

    These inside corner strike versus ball calls are driving me nuts. Completely inconsistent, and usually against us.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Crowd really not reliable for calling balls and strikes.

      • RBI

        I’m using my binocs.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Wow!

        • Bumsrap

          Aren’t binocs similar to Tic Tacs?

          • RBI

            Tic-tacky reference…

      • Bumsrap

        I really want balls and strikes called electronically

  • RBI

    Fields! Horrible pitch!

  • RBI

    Using an awful lot of pitchers here.

  • RBI

    Not Murphy. Anyone but Dodger killer Murphy.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K!
    Just shut ’em down!
    Please!

    • RBI

      Yes!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    HUUUUUUGE K!

  • HLKLA

    Just getting a chance to check in. Wild game.

  • Jack Dawkins

    need to get even before they brign Melancen in.

  • RBI

    AGon finally gets a hit!

    • HLKLA

      Finally!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Time for a Grand hit . . .

  • RBI

    And there it is again. Inside corner. Strike three called.

    • HLKLA

      Our hitters need to adjust.

      • RBI

        Yes. At least fight it off.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    They’ve reverted to the pre-All Star Break offense . . . since clinching, really.

  • HLKLA

    Runs do not happen on their own.

  • RBI

    Neither side hitting the cover off the ball today. Nats had the one big inning. Quite a few walks.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Dodgers with more 0-RISP (more for them).
      Silver Lining: they DO have 3 runs in spite of the lack of hitting in the clutch.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Announcers saying that sun to shade issue has benefited the pitchers over the past few innings and that the batters are lucky to see the ball.

      • RBI

        Better right now.

  • RBI

    Blanton time.

  • HLKLA

    Urias is going to have to pitch a shutout tomorrow the way we are going through our pen.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Has pitch count issues, so hard for him to go more than 5-6 no matter how well he is doing.

      • Bumsrap

        Need to save Stripling for tomorrow.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Story of the year.

  • RBI

    So many long at bats with 3-2 counts

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Joe!

  • HLKLA

    Nationals have the same issue as the Dodgers.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Let’s go, Dodgers, let’s go!

  • RBI

    All lefties from the Nats today?

    • Bob_Hendley

      The last of them and we still have Reddick and Dre lurking

      • RBI

        Kelley is in.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Oh wait, they still have that Rzy…ski guy.

  • WinnipegDave

    Finally able to check in. My mom in the hospital late yesterday with pneumonia and still hosting my dad and uncle for Thanksgiving today.
    Go Dodgers…

    • Bob_Hendley

      At the best to her and your family, Dave.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks Bob and Bob.

        • scooplew

          WinnipegDave: Keeping your mom in my thoughts…

          • WinnipegDave

            Thanks Scoop. I appreciate this community.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Prayers for your mom.

    • Wishing her a speedy recovery!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good job, Utley!
    Now chase him around, bats!

  • RBI

    Kelley! Righty!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Different verse, same as the first.

      • RBI

        They are out pitching and out hitting us so far, just enough.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Howie with more wood and nothing to show for it.

  • RBI

    Same pitch. Gotta fight that off at least.

  • RBI

    We’ve had our chances, that’s for sure.

  • RBI

    Kenley warming up already. Probably for third out.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Way to go, Joe!
    Come on, bats — no bottom of the 9th!

  • Jack Dawkins

    We need to find a way now. Dodger hitters looked helpless against their closer yesterday.

    • WBBsAs

      Actually, Turner got a solid hit off him.

    • RBI

      Let’s DO THIS!

  • RBI

    Ugh, Corey. Not a good at bat.

  • RBI

    We look hopeless up there. Not sure I’d bring Toles in here. Prove me wrong, Andrew!

  • RBI

    Kelley making us look like chumps.

  • RBI

    So pathetic.

  • This is not how I envisioned this game going.

    • RBI

      It’s really hard to watch, even here.

      • Bumsrap

        Vin is a very smart man.

  • scooplew

    Is Kirk Gibson available?

    • RBI

      For them, maybe.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Ha!
        (sob)

        • He’s 57 and has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

  • RBI

    Stands are emptying. This, I do not understand at all.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hope for extra innings for many reasons, not the least being a lessening of the traffic.

      • RBI

        Half holiday today. Traffic not bad.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Forgot — one of the schools where I work has it off, the other one didn’t.
          Going down a couple years ago for the playoff was nice on Columbus Day.
          Even nicer because they won.

  • RBI

    Top of their lineup. Bottom of ours.

  • RBI

    And there it is. The killer.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Game over.
    Seemingly.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Man…that went a long way

  • Werth doesn’t like his former team and is punishing it.

  • RBI

    Rats. Sinking ship. Buh by, they all say.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I at least wait for the final out, then SPRINT to my car (wishing I could leap steep stairwells in a single bound).

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Remember way back in the day when you could park wherever you chose?
        I would strategically find a spot to get me onto my freeway as soon as possible.

        • RBI

          I park north of Sunset.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I’ve never parked outside the stadium. I’ll have to pick your brain before I go next time.

  • Jansen seem rattled, understandably. He gave up 4 HRs all season.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Some were more crushing than this.
      Doesn’t bode well to go into free agency on such a note . . . but it didn’t hurt Zack.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Playoff ERA of 1.74 in 11 appearances coming in, so hard to imagine any team giving this much consideration.

  • RBI

    Kenley not looking like Kenley.

  • RBI

    I don’t believe this. Must have brushed his button.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shaking my head.
    Bullpen was great until reaching the closer.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Reddick should have caught that.

    • RBI

      Puig would have.

    • WBBsAs

      Catchable but nevertheless too well-hit.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Drat!

  • Oh fer…

  • RBI

    Shouldn’t have pulled Puig. Poor Kenley. To quote a loathsome person, this is a disaster.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Has the exodus increased, RBI?

    • RBI

      Floods of fans leaving.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        How do you write soo quickly? do you dictate? You are a much better multi-tasker. texter/writer than I, Gunga Din.

  • RBI

    Still only one out. Sheesh.

  • RBI

    I hate to think of the Gnats fans eating this up.

  • scooplew

    The worst time for arguably the worst outing of Jansen’s brilliant career.

    • RBI

      Tell me about it.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      True — but moot based on performance of Dodger bats.

  • RBI

    Still emptying.

  • WinnipegDave

    So let me get this straight. Our best in season trade acquisition in terms of playoff performance is… Ruiz??!

    • scooplew

      “It’s a strange, strange world we live in, Master Jack.”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sure hope the Cubs song is sung tonight.

    • RBI

      Me, too!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Would be nicer if “I Love LA” is played and sung, but . . .

  • RBI

    Finally stopped the bleeding.

  • This may go down with other famous closer meltdowns in Dodger history: Niedenfuer, Broxton…

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Except they were already losing when this meltdown occurred.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not a save situation or clincher, so doubt it.

      • I’m gonna remember it.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Not if he saves the next two!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            With you cheering them on at Nats Park!

          • Bob_Hendley

            Only if they get here!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            What happened to the President-in-waiting’s optimism?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Well, I did buy the tix. What has Dave ever done!?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Walk + HBP = horror for LA two games in a row.

  • Have we got a 4+1 game in us?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Need that just to tie.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Silver lining? Increased likelihood of being able to use my game 5 tix.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      You ARE trying to replace Dave as President of Optimist Club.
      But I sure hope you do get to use them!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not with a bang, but a whimper . . .

  • What a disaster in that ninth inning. I can’t imagine what they can say after this except “our backs are to the wall, gotta win two in a row.”

    So does Kershaw start tomorrow or do they continue to go with Urias?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m thinking Kershaw, but not feeling good about that — his health and short rest . . . and he still needs SOME run support.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Pretty sure it’s Klayton.

  • HLKLA

    Glad Vin did not have suffer through that inning.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Through most of the year and the playoffs (minus Kenley today), the bullpen has been the facet of the game most dependable for the Dodgers.
    I never would’ve thought that after they were the weakest link last year.

  • Game 4 2:00PM tomorrow on FS1

    • RBI

      Unless the Gnats get swept, right?

      • I think you’re right, but I haven’t found any confirmation yet.

  • RBI

    Boo-HOO.

  • WBBsAs

    No matter what happens tomorrow, this has been an interesting season – and therefore a successful one. The Dodgers continue to have a bright future.

    • RBI

      I had very low expectations, given all the injuries. I agree!

  • RBI

    They’re saying Kershaw may pitch tomorrow.

    • WBBsAs

      I presume you mean “pitch.” I would hope he doesn’t.

  • WBBsAs
  • John_from_Aus

    It could have been worse, we could have been leading when Kenley gave up the runs

  • Indians sweep Bosox.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — keeping Cleveland’s continuing championship chances close

      • But forget it, Browns.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          correct

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Arrieta 3-run HR!!!!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      3-0 Cubs, 2nd inning

      • RBI

        Bumgarner is doing a Maeda.

    • RBI

      Ha!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    SF got one back — 3-1 Cubs after 3

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bumgarner is out for pinch hitter in 5th, still 3-1 Cubs.
    Hopefully the desired Giant bullpen shows up to pad the lead.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    SF gets sac fly, now 3-2 Cubs in 5th.
    But Bumgarner is out — Let’s go, Cubs!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cubs wasting chances as well.
    Believe they said their PITCHERS have driven in 6 of their 9 runs in these three games. On one hand, they’ve got good hitting pitchers. On the other, their players paid for hitting apparently aren’t in the clutch (sound familiar?).
    But bottom line: they have a chance to sweep tonight.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Close play at 1st is reviewed and goes vs. Giants, even tho Cubs announcers (and, of course, just about everyone at AT & T) thought it would be overturned and give SF a runner. . . . Another sign the even-#ed magic is gone? (We hope . . . but stay tuned . . . )

    • RBI

      I think the Cubbies may pull off the sweep. What do you think?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Sure hoping.
        They had Bumgarner on the ropes and their announcers thought they should’ve scored more. If something happens tonight, they shouldn’t face Bumgarner manana, but he may come back for long relief if there’s a game 5.
        Both have history in play, but for the Cubs, it’s working against them. If that doesn’t come into play, I think they’ll do well in hopefully* 9 more games.

        *unless they face the Dodgers 🙂

        • RBI

          Great answer. And now Chapman in for the six out save.

    • RBI

      And just like that….

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Bad day for closers.

        • RBI

          Ha! Good point.

  • RBI

    Stupid stupid gnats.

  • RBI

    Man, I wish we’d put them away during those final three games.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yep.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        They weren’t so meaningless after all.
        And they were a foretaste of LA postseason play.
        Unfortunately. To both.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wow — Giants have won 9 games in a row where they faced elimination. That’s already a record and — sad to say — they may add to that tonight.

    • RBI

      I stopped watching just now.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That errant throw reminds me of their LCS game when the ball was touched by the fan, then there was an error by the shortstop, I believe.
        I know fans are conscious of it (I know several Cubs fans), I wonder if the players are aware of the baggage. With the media asking everything, I’m sure they are.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cubs tied it!!!!!
    Las Vegan Kris Bryant with 2-run HR!!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Talk about history . . . the Giants’ 9th inning woes this year continue.
      Let’s go, Cubs!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Diving catch of Posey’s line drive turns into DP to send it to extras.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Giants win in 13th . . . can’t believe I stayed up to hear it . . .
    Their 10th straight elimination game victory.

    • WBBsAs

      That streak ends today.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I was rooting for the Cubs, not so much against the Giants. That was just an added bonus.

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