NLDS Game Two, ALDS Games Three, 2016

Dodgers at Nationals, 10:00AM PT, TV: FS1

After a rainout the NLDS series between the Dodgers and Nationals resumes with the Dodgers up one game to none. The starters will be the same as were scheduled for Saturday’s game before the rains came: LHP Rich Hill for the Dodgers and RHP Tanner Roark for the Nats. See the previous post for further details about their respective seasons.

ALDS Game Three, Indians at Red Sox, 1:00PM PT, TV: TBS

The Series moves to Fenway Park in Boston for Game Three with the Red Sox down two games to none. The Indians start RHP Josh Tomlin (13-9, 4.40 ERA), who had a horrid August (11.48 ERA) and then filled in admirably as two starters went down with injuries in September, posting a 1.40 ERA in the last month of the season. He’ll face RHP Clay Bucholz, who had a weird year himself. In his first 18 appearances he put up a 5.91 ERA and was temporarily moved to the bullpen. He came back strong in his last six starts, going at least six innings and giving up two runs or fewer in five of them.

ALDS Game Three, Rangers at Blue Jays, 4:30PM PT, TV: TBS

This Series moves to Rogers Center (formerly Skydome) in Toronto with the home team up two games to none. The Rangers send RHP Colby Lewis (6-5, 3.71 ERA) to the hill to face the Jays’ RHP Aaron Sanchez (15-2, 3.00 ERA). Lewis has made nine postseason appearances, eight of them starts, and put up a 2.38 ERA in those games while going 4-1. He didn’t do well in the last half of the season, though: he lost three months with a strained right lat muscle and went 0-4 with a 6.38 ERA in four starts after rejoining the rotation on Sept. 11. This was Sanchez’s first year as a starter and it was spectacular. He finished strongly, going 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his last three outings. He made nine relief appearances in last year’s playoffs and didn’t allow an earned run in 7 1/3 innings.

300 thoughts on “NLDS Game Two, ALDS Games Three, 2016

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  2. Long day yesterday. Actually long weekend with Friday night game, going to the park on Sat before the game was called and then yesterday sitting among the rabid fans rooting against my Dodgers.

    • It did end for the bats a long time ago.
      They haven’t scored after the third inning in either game.

  3. Sure hope one of the Dodgers can do what Murphy has done vs. them these last two years.

  4. Heisy keeps fouling them off his bat as he tries not to swing at pitches clearly out of the zone.

  5. Hope this doesn’t turn out to be a “one-swing-of-the-bat” loss. (Meanwhile, we’ve left 11 on now.)

    • I just joined in as I got a late start and have been watching on tape until I could catch up. Haven’t caught up with all of the comments yet so this might have been said already. Hill was never the same after he ran the bases.

      • By the way, I thought I had read that Turner was caught stealing. That triggered my “dissipate” comment. I am following the game on my computer.

      • It was a waste-not, want-not feeling then, which someone else posted, that has only increased. Still, we have three more chances.

  6. Well Kendrick created the opportunity for that DP. Don’t think they would have tried to score on Toles arm.

  7. Really odd — from the radio, didn’t hear the crowd getting excited with the runner trying to score on the fly. But I could definitely hear them when things go badly for LA.

  8. Dodger #1 and #2 pitchers can’t make it to the 6th inning and give up (at least) 7 runs between them . . . lucky there’s 1 W up there.

  9. Murpheys line drive not right at a fielder, Kendricks line drive a laser to Werth. Such is baseball.

  10. I feel like this is the crucial inning for us. If we keep them from scoring, swings back to us. If not…

    • Good opportunity just didn’t happen. They got at bats that counted. Need to strike when you can. It’s not as if they are late inning defensive replacements.

  11. I would be so much more of a wreck if we’d dropped the first game. As it is, I still like our chances.

  12. I’ve been putting up my Halloween decorations outside . . . that half inning is about as scary as I want to get!

  13. Waste not, want not . . .
    Worse — I hope it doesn’t affect Hill’s great performance.

  14. Seager first Dodger rookie to hit post-season homer since Gilliam in 1953, if I heard the announcer correctly. Gilliam was Rookie of the Year that season.

  15. I panicked at 10am because the FS1 channel said it was soccer. But recovered in time to catch the first pitch.

  16. Woot. Just got home and it’s fun to see history repeated – 1st inning deja vu from Friday night!

  17. Hill was dealing that first inning! So smooth, mixing his pitches. Let’s hope he can keep it up! (His delivery, not his pitches.)