NLDS Games Two, 2016

Update:

Dodgers at Nationals, 1:00PM PT, TV: FS1; Radio: ESPN

The Dodgers ask mid-season acquisition LHP Rich Hill (12-5, 2.12 ERA) to win Game Two. He’ll face RHP Tanner Roark (16-10, 2.83 ERA). Hill made six starts for the Dodgers and had a 1.83 ERA to show for them, even with his finger blisters. Roark was a good starter for the Nats in 2014, his first season in the big leagues, finishing 15-10 with a 2.85 ERA. In 2015 he was forced into the long man/spot starter role when the Nationals acquired starter Matt Scherzer from the Tigers. This season Jordan Zimmerman was gone from the rotation due to free agency, so Roark reclaimed his role as a full-time starter.

Lineup when available.

Giants at Cubs, 5:00PM PT, TV: FS1; Radio: ESPN

The Giants ask RHP Jeff Samardzija (12-11, 3.81 ERA) to stop the Cubs from taking a 2-0 lead in the NLDS. The Cubs will counter with Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13 ERA). Samardzija spent the first nine years of his MLB life in the Cubs’ organization until he was traded to the As in 2014. Oddly, Hendricks essentially replaced Samardzija in the Cubs rotation that season, as he made his first start for them five days after Samardzija was traded away.

  • WinnipegDave

    So is it on or no?

    • WinnipegDave

      Oh – now I do see it is postponed until tomorrow afternoon.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Called.

    • WinnipegDave

      So you going tomorrow?

      • Bob_Hendley

        No, thought I might mow the lawn.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          My brother lives in Arlington. He figures it’s too cold there for it to dry out overnight. What’re your thoughts, Bob?

          • Yikes! Too cold? I’m going to be at the Best Western Pentagon hotel next Thursday, Friday and Saturday — I’d better find some warm clothes!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            It doesn’t look that bad — https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/Washington+DC+USDC0001:1:US
            I was in Utah for a few days this past week and went jogging in the morning when it was 33 — it hit 30 earlier that morning. (After I got moving, it was a nice run.)
            I know that’s probably not very cold for many of you, but the LOWS in Vegas a month or so ago were in the 80s.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Double up on the Aloha shirts.

          • Bob_Hendley

            There were some Dodgers out on the field tossing the ball, so figure drainage must be pretty good. It is supposed to rain some more tonight, but haven’t seen anything yet. Also supposed to be windy tomorrow.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rain stopped by the way.

  • Okay, for everyone looking for something to watch (except WBBsAs, who ignores football), here’s today’s college football schedule.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    And on the 2nd day, the bullpen gets to rest.

    • Bob_Hendley

      But will now have three games in a row.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Hopefully Hill will go longer than 5.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Or maybe a blow out and Stripling can toss three innings.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            — in favor of the Dodgers, of course. 🙂

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    According to the schedule posted here, http://m.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article/205436170/dodgers-nationals-nlds-game-2-postponed/, they lose the travel day.
    But at least both teams are in the same boat. Or plane. So to speak.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice video including Vin’s great calls . . . but more a tribute to playoffs than to him.
    http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/watch-mlb-network-produces-chill-inducing-vin-scully-tribute-video/ar-BBxaUdT?li=BBnba9I#image=BBx03Em|2

    The ring which is seen on his right hand — is that from the World Series? I imagine the team can give one to anyone they want.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Ranking the 50 top players in the postseason: http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/list/mlb-playoffs-2016-players-best-ranks-ratings/vnebm0ksxf7g125faadwm4ev2/slide/50

    Dodgers have five, including #1.

  • RBI

    Cubs up by 3 in the bottom of the second, two on, one out.

  • RBI

    Not looking like the “even year” thing is happening. Not today. 4-0, still only one out.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hopefully not this year!

  • Now 4-2 Cubbies, top of the 4th with Hendricks going out of the game after getting hit by a liner off Angel Pagan’s bat.

    • RBI

      I’d still take Cubbies’ bullpen over Gnats’.

  • RBI

    Pagan’s line drive took Hendricks out. Hit him on the arm. Typical Angel.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    3 more outs for Cubbies . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Chapman coming in to go for the save .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cubs win, Cubs win!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Happy for that.
      Bonus that Giants lost.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dave asked yesterday what the fans were singing.
    It’s “Go Cubs, Go” — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9XtDyDUjIU

  • NPUT @ 0930PT.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bob Hendley sighting. On Turner’s dinger, I am one of the few blue clad fans (in this case a blazer) standing in the first row above and just to the right of the 6:31 sign. http://www.espn.com/mlb/scoreboard/_/date/20161007

  • Bob_Hendley

    Blustery day. Not sure how it will work out in the stadium, where wind is normally not a factor.

  • WBBsAs

    Disappointed at yesterday’s rainout, but at least there was Schadenfreude later in the afternoon.

    • HLKLA

      Certain LA writers were saying the reason the game was postponed was so there would not be another game competing with the Cub/Giants which was on a network owned by Major League Baseball.

      • WBBsAs

        Midwest bias…

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  • WBBsAs

    I’m in total blackout mode today, unfortunately. To avoid getting Steinered, I’ve decided to go with Jaime Jarrín today.

  • WBBsAs

    Se va..se va…se va…¡dice Jaime!