NLDS Elimination Game(s), 2016

Nationals at Dodgers, 2:00PM PT, TV: FS1

To extend their season the Dodgers have decided to go with Clayton Kershaw on short rest. He’s done this three other times in the postseason and put up a 1.89 ERA. However, those other times he hadn’t spent two months of the season on the DL with a bad back. We shall see. His opponent will be RHP Joe Ross (7-5, 3.43 ERA). More preview here from ESPN.

Lineup:

Cubs at Giants, 5:30PM PT, TV: FS1

The Cubs go with RHP John Lackey (11-8, 3.35 ERA) against the Giants’ LHP Matt Moore (13-12, 4.08 ERA). Lackey is a postseason veteran who’s got an 8-5 record with a 3.11 ERA over 127 1/3 postseason innings. This will mark the 16th playoff series for him. Moore has given up two runs or fewer in six of his last eight starts, so he’s on his game.

  • WBBsAs

    I would have gone with Urías, but I’ll try not to second-guess people who know more than I. More often than not this season, improvisation has meant success.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Wish I didn’t feel this kind of sinking expectation, but I do.

    • Bumsrap

      I feel okay. I think we have this one.

      • Bumsrap

        8 – 2 Dodgers

    • RBI

      Either way, a crazy but fun year.

    • WBBsAs

      Whatever today’s result – and/or tomorrow’s – this has been an oddly memorable season, and the future looks bright.

  • Bumsrap

    Once Stripling was used last night I thought Kershaw would pitch today. Urias for 4 and stripling for 3 or 4 I think would have worked. Maybe it will in game 5.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Wonder if Hill might go if there is a 5th.

  • RBI

    I am here. It’s my Beatles birthday (Will you still need me, will you still feed me?”). I have a brand new foam finger. Kershaw.

    How can we lose?

    But I forgot my battery pack for my aging iPhone, so will only check in very occasionally.

    Let’s win this one for Vin, shall we?

    xxxooo

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Have a great time, RBI, and hopefully a happy drive home.
      May your screen name be noted next to many Dodger players today!

    • WinnipegDave

      You rock RBI! October’s a great month for a birthday – and Dodger victories! Hope you have lots to celebrate today!

  • WinnipegDave

    I don’t know why but I think we win today.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Because you’re the Prez!

  • HLKLA

    I hope we get the regular season Kershaw and not the October one for today’s game.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Ugh….not the best start

    • RBI

      Stomach in knots.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Turner makes their line up so much better than it was.

  • HLKLA

    Nine pitches to Harper plus three throws to first.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Well, on the positive side, Kershaw kept the kid from stealing second.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K=ersh!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Making things worse for Kersh, he may no longer feel as confident that it’s not up to carry the team. I’m sure he has confidence in the bullpen, but the bats the last two weeks have been suspect.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Huh?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I left out “to him.”

        Referring to his quote that in years past he felt he had to carry the team but felt this year’s team was more complete and it wasn’t all on his shoulders.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Murphed . . . again.

    • WBBsAs

      Bad future person…

    • Bumsrap

      Let’s morph Murph into Bill Bergen for the rest of this week.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Not sure who that BB is (I’m one), but the context sounds good!

        • Bumsrap

          Among position players, the worst hitter by far was Bill Bergen, an outstanding defensive catcher with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the early 20th Century. During the 1909 season, Bergen went hitless in 46 at-bats;, the longest slump among position players. His 1909 batting average was only .139, the lowest in history among full time players.

  • WinnipegDave

    Fine. Let them score first this game. Maybe it will work better for us this way.

    • RBI

      I like your positivity. Me? Nauseous right now. I need to calm down and enjoy the sunshine or something.

      • WinnipegDave

        We are going to score runs off of Joe Ross today. 6 is my guess.

        Then Hill will out pitch Roark on Thursday – but I’m getting ahead of myself… 🙂

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I have a friend/colleague who is literally becoming sick over the Cubs. Her son is telling her ‘it’s not like it’s something about grandma, it’s just a game.’
        Intellectually, she agrees.
        Emotionally, the Cubs have been a wonderful diversion this year from “real life.”

  • Jack Dawkins

    They aren’t swinging and missing. He doesn’t seem to have the A stuff today.

  • WinnipegDave

    This looks like another 5 inning game for Kersh. Hopefully.

    • RBI

      Then what?

      • WinnipegDave

        The pen that we are bullish on.

  • RBI

    Glad we got away with only one.

    • WBBsAs

      Good future person.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Been there done that . . . and hoping for the good news!

      • RBI

        Ah, now I get it!

  • RBI

    I would like many many Dodger runs for my birthday, please.

    • WinnipegDave

      Dodgers win 6-4 for you! 😉

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Then we need to line up other Dodger fans to make the same request throughout October!
      Happy Birthday!

    • Hau`oli Lā Hānau, RBI!

  • RBI

    Utley anxious at bat.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He hasn’t been the stalwart at the plate nor in the field this series, other than that RBI.

      • RBI

        Well, he’s not alone. Ever since our playoff win, bats have been pretty silent.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Yep.
          But what surprised me the most were those two plays in the field on Friday.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Last time they hit JT, he hit back — a 2-run HR.

    • WinnipegDave

      This time AGon hit back for him with the 2 run HR!!

      • Bumsrap

        Back-to-back for 2 runs

  • RBI

    Okay, signing off to save power.

    • WinnipegDave

      Keep breathing RBI!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      We hope your return to these fields is with terrific news.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    AGon, again . . . finally!!!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Launches one!

  • WinnipegDave

    Go Gon!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Professional hitter?

  • HLKLA

    Batting 1.000 with runners on

    • WBBsAs

      But .000 RISP.

    • WinnipegDave

      Good thing Turner wasn’t in scoring position!

  • WinnipegDave

    Ross – half the hits and half the pitches of Kershaw. But twice the runs!

  • Jack Dawkins

    He treated the bottom of the order appropriately, and pitch count looks manageable all of a sudden.

    • WinnipegDave

      Could still use another few low pitch innings. 27 pitches in one inning is a lot to make up for. But yes – great job in the second. Perhaps the smoothest he has looked this series. Even better than striking out the side in the first inning of game one.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Not better. That was the top of the line up.

        • WinnipegDave

          Bob – the hitters were better then but Kershaw looked smoother this inning. Less stress and fewer pitches. His release point looked more on this time.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wish Werth had ended up dropping that!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ump has missed a couple of Kershaw high strikes.

    • WBBsAs

      One on Turner that would have meant a K.

    • RBI

      I agree. Binoculars don’t lie.

  • WinnipegDave

    Keep rolling Kersh! Let’s get Harper.

  • Turner is a real nuisance.

    • Jack Dawkins

      I wish they had brought him up next year instead.

      • WBBsAs

        I almost wish the Pads still had him. He’s good.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig’s arm vs Turner’s running would have been fun.

  • RBI

    They do not look fooled or uptight about our ace, or our team right now.

    • Jack Dawkins

      Not many swings and misses at all.

  • WinnipegDave

    I still say we win 6-4 or something like that.

    • WinnipegDave

      And the Cubs win tonight too. 😉

  • Jack Dawkins

    That’s one of the first curves he has thrown.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Hey…there is some more offense!

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Chase.

  • Kershaw channeling his inner Arrieta.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hopefully a better result for the good guys!

  • Jack Dawkins

    I’m hoping he doesn’t melt down from time on the basepaths like Hill did.

  • WinnipegDave

    Turner drives in Kershaw!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Which Turner?

      • WinnipegDave

        Ted!

        • Bob_Hendley

          Turner dives in Kershaw.

          • WinnipegDave

            I see what you did there.

  • Bob_Hendley

    What the heck was that?

    • WBBsAs

      Turner butchered Turner’s routine fly ball.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ross on the ropes here.

    • WinnipegDave

      Need Joc to land the finish blow.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Ross has lost the ability to find the strike zone all of a sudden. And it is giving Kershaw a breather in the dugout.

  • WinnipegDave

    Joc just missed creating party time. Foul ball.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not the easiest of RBI’s for Joc.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wish we could have had a few more hacks at Ross.

    • Bumsrap

      Especially Joc.

  • Bumsrap

    Not what I was asking for but will hapilly accept it and hope Joc isn’t hurt.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Link – what time do you fly in on Thursday?

    • Arrive DCA 8:45PM.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I believe that if the Cubbies win a possible fifth game would have an 8pm start. I have a tix if things were to fall that way, if you want it.

        • It would be fun, but I don’t see how it could work. If I don’t get in till nearly 9:00pm I’d have to find my way to the ballpark and I’d be pretty tired at that point. I appreciate it, though.

  • Bumsrap

    I wanted more there but since I predicted an 8 – 2 win it will be more fun to score a few times in the upcoming innings.

  • WinnipegDave

    OK Kersh. Shut them down here.

    • Bumsrap

      Yeah Kersh, hit and pitch the Dodgers into a win.

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m heading out for the evening and will check in when I can.

    • Bumsrap

      We’ll keep the lights on for you

  • John_from_Aus

    first pitch out, very helpful

  • RBI

    By hook or by crook inning. Joc’s two foul hits were close and closer to HRs.

    • Bumsrap

      Nice smooth easy swings too

  • Bumsrap

    We are locked in. Let’s keep it that way.

  • Jack Dawkins

    62 pitches through 4, with a 2 run lead. This is
    close to ideal for what I hopped for.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw strong. Now mowr runz as the kids say. Later friends.

  • WBBsAs

    Nice to have an easy inning, even if it is the bottom of the order.

  • Jack Dawkins

    That’s 3 of our guys plunked now. Obviously Joc was a mistake, but still.

    • WBBsAs

      That was a soft breaking ball.

  • Jack Dawkins

    He seems to have the slider working real nice now.

  • Jack Dawkins

    75 pitches through 5. And he seems to be getting sharper.

    • WBBsAs

      Pretty good, given how rough his first was.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc my boy!

    • Bumsrap

      Loved his reaction when he finally realized the ball was not a home run.

  • Jack Dawkins

    ugh, no more Murph – mares please.

    • Jack Dawkins

      Ty

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc shows Turner how to play CF.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Lot of line drives for them this inning. Is Kershaw tiring?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Last inning.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Thank you Klayton!

  • John_from_Aus

    maybe one more for Kershaw?

    • Bob_Hendley

      No, due up second and Baez warming up.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Wow! He bats.

        • Jack Dawkins

          I’m not sure they sell leashes as short as he will have for the 7th.

        • WBBsAs

          It’s the right call, especially with bottom of order coming up.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yeah, but PHs likely.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Now his time or running on the bases could decide if he come back to pitch. Of course if he scores…

          • Bumsrap

            Not thrilled that he walked

        • Jack Dawkins

          I’m not sure they expected him to spend al this time on base either, however.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Site went down, but only on my iPad. Must be problem on my end.

  • Get him outta there, Roberts. They’re starting to tee off.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Grr….another line drive, this one drops in.

  • Jack Dawkins

    You get the feeling they wanted him for 2 batters, then Baez. Hope he didn’t overplan this.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Severino helps out.

  • Bob_Hendley

    That one was over the middle of the plate (fingers crossed)!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Well, what now?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Staying in.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Given the options, the guy I want facing Harper in this situation.

  • Bumsrap

    Fun, Fun, Fun

    • Bob_Hendley

      Playoff baseball!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Our guy against theirs!

        • Bumsrap

          Tough pitches, oh so close

  • WBBsAs

    Agony…

  • Bumsrap

    That was fun. Great job Kersh.

    • Bumsrap

      Great job Harper as well.

  • So Baez or Avilan against Werth. This is scary, given what Werth has been doing in this series.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Righty, no? This may take half an hour.

      • Bumsrap

        And that was the commercial break

      • Bob_Hendley

        Ha! That didn’t take long. (And here I was afraid of a walk).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Werth has been swinging well, but sure glad it’s not Murph coming up.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Jeez.

  • Oh man.

  • John_from_Aus

    one more out, please

  • RBI

    Torture! Delicious torture!

  • RBI

    Horrible.

  • John_from_Aus

    and we start again (and its still not over)

    • Bumsrap

      Worked our way past Werth and Murphy though

      • John_from_Aus

        not very well

  • Shades of Game Three of the1962 playoffs, Baez and Avilan play the roles of Roebuck and Williams.

  • WBBsAs

    Horrendous.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Stopped the bleeding. Now for the bats. Puig and Ruiz still lurking.

  • Bumsrap
    • Bumsrap

      Huskies having their say about the game

  • Bob_Hendley

    A-Gone dinger seems so long ago.

  • Bumsrap

    I did like that Kersh stayed in and he just missed on a couple of pitches that would have been strike 3 on Harper but maybe his biggest weakness is not being able to say okay to the Manager and come out of a game. That might be one of Greinke’s better traits.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Jobbed by the ump.

  • RBI

    What just happened?

    • Bumsrap

      Its weird that the catcher can request the home plate ump check with a base ump but the hitter can’t

      • RBI

        He didn’t go around from up here, so we were all confused by the call.

  • RBI

    We’re here and we can’t figure it out.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Check swing called by home plate ump. Replay shows that he didn’t swing.

      • Bumsrap

        Do Umps still have a thing in for Puig?

        • RBI

          Seems like it, doesn’t it?

      • WBBsAs

        I rarely complain about umpires, but that was a terrible call.

  • RBI

    The crowd is yelling “Blue you suck! Blue you suck!” And booing him at every opportunity.

    • I have better manners…oh, who am I kidding. I’d yell it too.

  • Bumsrap

    Blanton did his job !!

  • Bob_Hendley

    This keeps going, we may see Urias

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dre on the roster for these moments.

  • Bumsrap

    Come on Utley

    • Bumsrap

      Alright

      • Bob_Hendley

        Nats fans must really hate this. No love for Utley from his days with the Fillies.

        • Bumsrap

          Don’t know why but that makes more special

  • Bob_Hendley

    Toles/Chase!

    • Bumsrap

      Glad Toles was the runner

      • WBBsAs

        Anybody but A.J. woulda scored on that.

  • Bumsrap

    Man with half a muumuu walks to the mound

    • Bob_Hendley

      Nice to see that they have bullpen issues as well and decided to wait before bringing in their last southpaw.

      • Bumsrap

        Will we see Kenly?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Why, you wanna see Baez again? jk Good question.

          • Bumsrap

            He is resting after making his pitch tonight

  • Bumsrap

    Get er done Dodgers

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Kenley — Redemption Time!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Geronimo!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!

  • Bumsrap

    One down

  • Bob_Hendley

    HBP new Dodger offensive weapon. Three have score and another drove in a run.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Same for them.
      HBP most valuable play for both teams.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Keep this guy off the bases!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Done.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK-enley!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenley!

  • Bumsrap

    Two down

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Uno mas, por favor!

    • WBBsAs

      ¡De acuerdo!

  • Bob_Hendley

    First pitch was a strike!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, KJ!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the out, get the out!
    (doesn’t havta be a K)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    YES!
    Great comeback after giving it up!
    There IS a Thursday!

    • Bob_Hendley

      And I got my tix!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And you brought ’em luck last Friday!

  • Bumsrap

    GAME OVER

  • Bob_Hendley

    Geronimo!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Chase/Kenley!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Happy Birthday, RBI!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Only thing better for you would’ve been a hit by Dre

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        But let’s hope the Cubs add more to the celebration!

      • WBBsAs

        Dre got a hit.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Game-winner, then — I was at a soccer game with students and didn’t hear specifics, other than Chase’s hit.

          • WBBsAs

            It was a key hit, in any event.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Definitely. I was thinking back to the Year of Dre’s Walkoffs . . . this wouldn’tve been one of them but still key . . . and the player in front of me when i heard he was coming up wored #16.

  • Phew!

  • Bumsrap

    Wasn’t 8 – 2 but and my pre-game peace was challenged, that was a good game. Thank you Dodgers and Nats.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      April bullpen was overcome by September offense — let’s hope at least the latter is seen again on Thursday!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Like that they made more than enough mistakes to lose, but they won.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Great game by Kersh, tho the 7th inning is once again his kryptonite.
    The thinking that he would go deeper and thus need less of the bullpen than Urias was accurate. The fact that the bullpen was needed more than expected is on them.
    But the team won and that’s the bottom line!

    • WBBsAs

      The off-day helps.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Amen!

  • Pitchers TBD from both teams for Game Five on Thursday. I’ll be flying all afternoon that day, but I’ll have a thread posted.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hill to the hill?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hopefully with a rich game!
      There’s no Friday, so all hands on deck.

      • scooplew

        Let’s blister the Nats on Thursday.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I’ll bow out on that. Well played. And hopefully prescient!

          • Bumsrap

            How about spin out

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    SF leads, 1-0 after 1.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Old friend Ross ties it up for Cubs, 1-1.

  • John_from_Aus

    tied up at 1. I know there is still a long was to go, but a best of 7 series with the cubs would make for some fantastic baseball

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And I would HAPPILY support the winner in the WS.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Turner’s route efficiency on Turner’s flyball (exit velocity 76 mph) He began 66 feet from where ball landed, ran 69 feet & was 4 feet late

    • WBBsAs

      Terrific athlete, but his inexperience showed there.

  • RBI

    Okay, finally have juice! Woo-HOO ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Luckily, so did the Dodgers!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Was soo nice to know that cheers today meant good things for the Dodgers.
    Now rooting for the Cubs but cheers are from SF fans and therefore bad for Cubs.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Matt Moore helps his own cause with a basehit to give SF the lead, with bases still loaded.
    C’mon, Cubs!

    • WBBsAs

      That sucks! An AL pitcher gets a hit.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Missed DP to get out of it because Lackey’s foot came off the bag covering 1st.
    3-1 SF

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    David Ross is trying to Murph the Giants — sac fly gets one back, now 3-2 SF, top of 5th.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win! A very late response to the game – but I just got home.

    • John_from_Aus

      better late than never

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Meanwhile, SF up 5-2 in 9th . . . Chicago has but 2 hits. I believe they were hit by lack of hitting last year as well.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    1 run in, tying runs in scoring position for Cubs in the 9th!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Tied up!!!
    Runner at 1st, none out for Chicago . . . let’s go, Cubs!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cubs get a break — bunt goes to pitcher who gets the out at 2nd, but Crawford throws it away . . . go-ahead run at 2nd, 1 out.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Giants bringing in 5th pitcher of the INNING . . . let’s hope their bullpen continues with what they’ve done so far in the 9th . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cubs lead, Cubs lead!
    3 more outs to advance!
    Runner at 1st, only 1 out

  • RBI

    Oh my goodness! Gnats bullpen meltdown!

  • RBI

    Chapman time.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Jinx, you owe me a Coke (Zero) — kind of.
      But since it’s your birthday, it’s on the house. 🙂

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kenley redeemed himself.
    If Chapman does, Cubs win!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K for 1st out.

  • WBBsAs

    I haven’t been paying much attention, but it sounds as if this could be a Grant classic.

    • RBI

      I didn’t even think of that.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yeah, thinking that as well.

  • RBI

    KK. Whoa. Crazy Cubbie Comeback.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Could cap cool celebration

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K for 2nd out.
    Can the Cubs advance (and end the SF postseason streak)?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CUBS WIN!!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kenley & Chapman both redeem themselves

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      For the record, Chapman Ked the side.

  • RBI

    Major major meltdown.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    It was an incredible postseason run by the Giants — 10 victories in postseason elimination games — but glad it’s over.

    • WinnipegDave

      Very glad it is done. Makes me feel much better about 2018 and 2020 as well!! 🙂

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Great point!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Would have preferred the Dodgers being the ones to do it.

        • WinnipegDave

          Well – that would have meant the Dodgers were advancing to the WS – so yeah that would have been good.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            On the other hand, they had a chance to make the streak irrelevant this year and were not impressive in failing.

          • Bob_Hendley

            A win or two would have been nice, but there is no way that should have been their objective during that series,

  • WinnipegDave

    Poor Vin Scully. I wonder if he was hoping for SF vs LA?

    • Bob_Hendley

      As was I.

      • WBBsAs

        Gnot I! – the Gnats didn’t deserve to get as far as they did.

  • WBBsAs
  • WinnipegDave

    So – for those scoring at home: Last year’s champ won’t win (KC), 2014 (and 2012, 2010) champ won’t win (SF), 2013 champ won’t win (Boston), 2011 champ won’t win (St. Louis).
    You have to go back to the 1992-1993 Blue Jays repeat winners to find the last time one of the remaining playoff teams won! New faces, teams, cities for the World Series!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      The 1st game of the NLCS is Saturday — October 15 . . . one of the greatest dates in Dodger history. Sure hope the Dodgers are still playing!

      • WinnipegDave

        If they are, they will be in playing in the (perhaps not too) friendly confines of Wrigley Field. But yeah – let’s be there!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          As long as it’s in an MLB park, I don’t care where they’re playing!

  • John_from_Aus

    wow, just checked back in, I cant believe they lost that one. I bet the crowd went really quiet.

    • WinnipegDave

      And the crowd goes silent has less of a ring to it than the crowd goes wild. But in this case, it sounds beautiful!

  • Grant’s post-mortem. Sub-headline (it helps if you remember playing the board game Clue):

    “It was the bullpen, in AT&T Park, with the noose.”

    • Bob_Hendley

      Priceless.

  • WBBsAs

    I woke up this morning before daylight, and used the time to watch every pitch of the Gnats’ gninth. Schadenfreude remains fun!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Apart from Justin, the Dodgers aren’t hitting a lick yet are tied 2-2. Makes me feel bad and good at the same time.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ditto. But you’ll help them turn it around tomorrow at the Park!

    • WBBsAs

      Scherzer’s gopher ball has been working, though.

  • HLKLA

    Who will be our starter in Game one of the NLCS?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Guessing Maeda.

      • John_from_Aus

        that’s who I would have thought

    • Bob_Hendley

      Game two starter is the real question.

      • John_from_Aus

        Kershaw or too soon?

    • WBBsAs

      Brock Stewart has been mentioned. Stripling might also be a possibility.

      • John_from_Aus

        Stripling sounds sensible, then I guess it would be Maeda – 2 and then Kershaw – 3.

        • WBBsAs

          Kershaw on Sunday would have normal (four-day) rest. Hill on Tuesday (Game 3) would also be on normal rest (presuming he pitches tomorrow).

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yeah, I missed a finger in counting. Kershaw would be fine for Sunday. I do think that Maeda is a good candidate for the first game, however. Not his normal rest, but he did only throw 63 pitches. Brock does have 5 strong innings under his belt against the Cubs, but won’t have the element of surprise this time out.

          • scooplew

            Maeda has not pitched well lately.

          • Bob_Hendley

            We shall see how Honeycutt and the trainers assess the situation and whether the kid has a “tired arm” or not. Brock, Stripling or Urias are options, with Brock requiring a roster move.

      • HLKLA

        I forgot that teams will get to reset their line ups.

        • WBBsAs

          You can always reset your lineup, but not reset your roster, as you can between series.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Since we are counting chickens in any event, you got me thinking. If they want Clayton to be available for three starts in a seven game series, what is the best set up? One option would be Clayton on Saturday on three days, then again on Weds with four days rest and then on Sunday with three days rest. Such a sequence might mean Maeda for the second game with his normal five days rest.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice to have had this day of rest from stress. And rest for the bullpen.

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