NLDS Games One

First Game:Cubs at Nationals, 4:30 PM PT, TV: TBS

The Cubs’ RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.03 ERA) faces off against RHP Stephen Strasburg (15-4, 2.52 ERA) of the Nationals. Hendricks started Games Three and Seven of last year’s World Series. In the final game he went 4 2/3 innings, gave up four hits and two runs and left without the decision. Strasburg didn’t pitch last postseason and famously sat out the 2012 playoffs as well. He made his only playoff start in 2014.

Second Game: Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 7:30 PM PT, TV: TBS

The Diamondbacks used both of their aces in the Wild Card Game, so they’ll ask RHP Taijuan Walker (9-9, 3.49 ERA) to get them of on the right foot against the Dodgers’ LHP Clayton Kershaw (18-4, 2.31). Walker was 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA against the Dodgers this season in three starts. Kershaw was 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA against the D-Backs this year. This will be Kershaw’s 18th playoff appearance; it will be Walker’s first.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1941 In Game 5 of the Fall Classic, Tiny Bonham goes the distance, limiting the Dodgers to just four hits to give the Yankees their 12th World Championship in franchise history. In one inning during the Bronx Bombers’ 3-1 victory at Ebbets Field, the New York fireballing right-hander will need just three pitches to retire the side.
  • 1949 In Game 2 of the World Series, only one run is scored again, but Preacher Roe and the Dodgers win this contest at Yankee Stadium, 1-0. Gil Hodges’ second inning single drives in Jackie Robinson to even up the Fall Classic at a game apiece.
  • 1959 The largest crowd ever to attend a major league game, 92,706 fans, watches a nail biter as White Sox hurler Bob Shaw beats Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers, 1-0, in Game 5 of the Fall Classic.
  • 1963 The Dodgers complete a four-game World Series sweep of the Yankees as Sandy Koufax wins his second game, 2-1. Frank Howard leads the offense with a home run and a single, the only two hits Whitey Ford gives up, and New York’s first baseman Joe Pepitone’s error (loses a thrown ball in the white-shirted crowd) leads to the decisive run in the seventh inning.
  • 1965“Hey, skip, bet you wish I was Jewish today, too.” – Don Drysdale, commenting after the game about his poor performance on the mound with manager Walt Alston. Sandy Koufax declines to pitch the first game of the World Series against the Twins because the game is scheduled on Yom Kippur, the most sacred of the Jewish holidays. As the Dodger southpaw attends shul and fasts on the Day of Atonement, Don Drysdale gives up seven runs in three innings in the team’s 8-2 loss at Minnesota’s Metropolitan Stadium.
  • 1966 Jim Palmer becomes the youngest player to pitch a shutout in the World Series when the 20 year-old Oriole right-hander blanks Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers, 6-0. The contest will become more memorable next month when Koufax surprises the baseball world by announcing his retirement, making this game his last major league appearance.
  • 1966 In the same Game Two loss to the Orioles at Dodger Stadium, Willie Davis establishes a World Series record by committing three errors in one game. The center fielder’s blunders come on two consecutive plays in the fifth inning, the first by losing a fly ball in the sun, then by dropping the next fly ball, followed by overthrowing third base.
  • 1980 In the 163rd game of the season, 35 year-old knuckleballer Joe Niekro earns his 20th victory, going the distance to defeat the Dodgers, 7-1, in the winner-take-all contest for the NL West. With the win, the Astros hold on to capture their first title in the 19-year history of the franchise after losing a season-ending three game series to LA, (3-2, 2-1, and 4-3) that forced the one-game playoff.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    I vividly recall Big Frank’s homer off Whitey, which landed in the second deck down the line at Dodger Stadium – a rare feat.

  • Some information for those attending the game tonight. https://dodgers.mlblogs.com/nlds-dodger-stadium-food-specials-e573eccb3f93

  • Bob_Hendley

    Strasburg, on.

    • WBBsAs

      He looks really good. What’s the latest on Scherzer?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Game 3.

        • WBBsAs

          I expect that Dusty would have preferred to start him in Game 1 or 2. Gio’s had a good year, but he’s far less dominant than either Scherzer or Strasburg.

  • Indians tie up the game 8-8 on a Bruce HR.

    • WBBsAs

      *Spiders

  • Strasburg’s throwing an interesting game here through four.

  • Dodgers’ lineup thoughts.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Harper pulls a Puig. But announcers give him a break.

    • WBBsAs

      Instead of a hamstring?

    • Bat flip? Which dreadful Puig behavior did Harper copy?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Missed the cutoff man. Runner got to second (and just scored).

        • Horrors! But now they’ve gotten a second run, so no big deal, right? πŸ˜‰

          • Bob_Hendley

            If Puig had been involved there would have been a lengthy admonishment and questioning of his character.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Fair/foul on the grounder up third wasn’t reviewable.

  • WinnipegDave

    Strasburg’s performance is a scary reminder as to what could happen to Kershaw. Dominate but find yourself behind.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Need to learn from this and not let it happen!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Don’t care whether we face Nats or Cubbies, just want to play either one.

  • WinnipegDave

    Time for the Clevelands to score against the New Yorks.

    • Bob_Hendley

      All of a sudden these high scoring teams haven’t done so over the past 4 innings.

  • foul tip

    From TBLA–

    In each of the last 15 postseason series for the Dodgers, their Game 1 outcome has matched that of the series, dating back to the 1988 World Series.

    Beginning with Kirk Gibson’s dramatic home run off of Dennis Eckersley β€” now a television analyst for TBS in this series β€” 29 years ago, five times the Dodgers have won the first game of a series. They have won all five of those series.

    Ten times they have lost Game 1, and they lost all 10 series.

    https://www.truebluela.com/2017/10/4/16413108/mlb-playoffs-2017-dodgers-game-1-history

    • Bob_Hendley

      Is this an extreme of a tendency? Wondering what the numbers look like for all teams. If you win the first, al you have to do is split 4 or 6 to win.

      • WinnipegDave

        Also, I do know they lost the first game vs the Mets in 1988 but won that series.

        • foul tip

          Yep. Think story mentions that it refers to since that time.

          • WinnipegDave

            It does.

      • “During the Division Series era, the team that wins Game 1 of the best-of-five series has gone on to win the series 71 percent of the time.” — CBS Sports.

    • WinnipegDave

      Well then… Hope they win tonight!

  • Robbie Ray to start Game Two tomorrow. He threw 34 pitches and pitched 2β…“ innings in relief in the National League wild card game.

  • foul tip

    In this piece about Jansen was mention that he was tutored in the minors by Charlie Hough. Why does that cause me to imagine how hopeless batters would be dealing with his cutter but also having to worry about a knuckleball?

    Story doesn’t say this, but you almost know Kenley talked with Hough about it and likely attempted a couple… πŸ˜‰

    Good stuff here.

    http://m.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article/257569622/dodgers-kenley-jansen-seeks-dominance-in-nlds/

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ha! Sure the FO told Charlie no knuckleballs.

      • “Hold that in reserve when you lose some velocity on your cutter, Kenley.”

  • Spiders/Indians win 9-8 in the 13th.

  • John_from_Aus

    Cleveland win in the 13th

  • WBBsAs

    The Brazilian beats the Yanquis! Player of the game, after he also picked off the potential winning run earlier.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Underway!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    0-2 turns to a walk . .. c’mon, Kersh!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K or double play!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK-ershaw!
    22 pitches

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, bats!
    Score quickly, score often!

  • WinnipegDave

    They made Kershaw work that’s for sure.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CT — nice start, including working up HIS count.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Let’s go, Dodgers!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT!!!!
    3-0, Blue!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Adios!

  • WinnipegDave

    JT! WOOT!

  • John_from_Aus

    That. Was. Crushed

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sounded like it — I may try to watch manana.

      • WBBsAs

        Do you have MLBTV? You can get free trial access through unblock-us.com.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I’ll give it a shot, thanks. I was going to go to one of the casino sports books.

  • WBBsAs

    You guys are ahead of my MLBTV feed.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      At least we’re bearers of good news.

  • John_from_Aus

    I have it live on TV over here. Have family visiting, so won’t be watching all the time. I will enjoy it while it lasts though

    • Bob_Hendley

      I have disowned my family and friends for the playoffs. Gave them plenty of warning. They are good with it.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Sports-related TRO . . . can become a cottage industry!

  • HLKLA

    Normally with three runs in, and Kershaw pitching, I would feel pretty confident, but the seventh inning looms!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Oh, yeah.
      With his injuries, tho, Doc may pull him quicker than Donnie did.

  • John_from_Aus

    Just mentioned that our number 5 hitters this year are next to last in the majors I think the commentators said on batting average this year

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Fairly rare for a #8 to bat 5th . . . Puig!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig brings in Cody!
    4-0, Blue!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig!

  • John_from_Aus

    And still no outs

  • John_from_Aus

    I think walker is not long for this game

  • WinnipegDave

    Good start.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Granderson makes the first out.
    Still am hoping he’ll make a positive difference.

    • John_from_Aus

      I would have been happy if we had said at the start of the game he was going to be our first out

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    2 not-so grand batters.
    Still time to make a positive difference.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Got to think so. Just their first plate appearances of the series.

  • Pretty feeble swing from Kershaw. Oh well, he’s paid to pitch. Go mow ’em down, Clayton!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    40 minutes for a non-Baez inning — could be a record.

  • No comments from you folks on Turner’s HR? Are you all asleep?

    • WinnipegDave

      I think you need to refresh Link. There were a bunch of comments.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      The posts must’ve disappeared, cuz they WERE there.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Doc prescribes a quick, shutdown inning, Kersh!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kx3(5)-ershaw!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wasn’t able to bring down his pitch rate much, though.

  • WinnipegDave

    So far the Dodgers have outscored all the other NL teams tonight – combined.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig licked his bat before the double.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Whatever it takes!

      • WinnipegDave

        Wonder what he needs to do for a HR?

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Is there a time delay on the TV feed?

          • WinnipegDave

            Compared to…?

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Totally live vs. a delay to censor anything deemed censor-able.

          • WinnipegDave

            Not sure.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Okay, bats — 2nd verse, same as the first!

    • WinnipegDave

      A little bit louder (crowd) and a little bit worse (for AZ).

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Breaks the string of being set down . . . c’mon, Cody!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice hustle, JT — bring him in, Cody!

    • WinnipegDave

      You are ahead of me.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I hope they don’t need more, but it sure would be nice for the Dodgers to score in another inning . .. or three.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dirty uniformed Belli can’t get close to Godley.

  • WinnipegDave

    So AZ has used 4 starting pitchers over the course of 1 game + 2 innings.
    Thanks Colorado and thanks early Dodger outburst.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hope RBI and ScoopLew are enjoying the game thus far.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kershaw’s bit by HR again

    • WinnipegDave

      Solo happens.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And may that be the solo HR of the night for AZ.
        Make that the series.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, bats — get it back, and then some!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Pitch count down to more reasonable level.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’d prefer the pitch count rather than the run count.

  • WBBsAs
  • Worry, worry, worry.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      They can assuage that with a couple of runs here!

  • WinnipegDave

    Time for another bat lick Yasiel.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Momentarily thought the ball licked him.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bats think they’ve done their job for the night.
    Or already think they’re facing Ray.

  • The two Grands are not helping.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Not yet, But they’re all MIA after Puig’s hit.

  • WinnipegDave

    Love turning 2 there.

  • WinnipegDave

    Grandal has added a splash of red to his chest and leg protectors.

  • WinnipegDave

    Phew. Bellinger with the range!

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw on pace to go (only?) another 2 more innings.

    • Bob_Hendley

      At this pace another three, since he is not pitching the fourth game, according to Doc.

      • WinnipegDave

        So you think he goes around 110 pitches?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Why not?

          • WinnipegDave

            You ask an excellent question there Bob. Why not indeed.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Uh, as long as he is effective…

          • Bob_Hendley

            Three more runs and maybe we go to Baez instead?

          • WinnipegDave

            I would definitely take that. Or at least the first part.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Seager.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He did!

    • Bob_Hendley

      More like Eager, given his always swinging at first pitch.

      • Bob_Hendley

        He did!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Jinx — you owe me a water.

          • WBBsAs

            Bob, were you able to get access to MLBTV feed?

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I found the site but didn’t try to activate it.
            Is it a one-time shot or could I use it tomorrow as well?

          • WBBsAs

            They give a week for free, and do not ask for a credit card until that week is up.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Great — I’ll give it a shot, but probably not tonight.
            This was going to be a busy weekend for me anyway, and the tragedy made it busier — if I don’t get work done while listening, I will REALLY be behind.
            Thanks!

  • WinnipegDave

    This team!

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager just got called “Saeger” by TBS. Yikes.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Justin bloops in another ribbie!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Turner in overdrive!

  • WinnipegDave

    Justin!

  • WinnipegDave

    Keep the line moving.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cody gets a gift to load the bases.
    C’mon, Puig — lick whatever you have to for a hit here!

  • WinnipegDave

    Please don’t let this be like 2014 vs St. Louis all over again.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig doesn’t bust it open but not a bust at all — 7-1, Blue!

    • WinnipegDave

      I will take it!

  • WinnipegDave

    Love seeing the Dodgers flying around the bases tonight.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      May they fly high throughout October!

      • WinnipegDave

        Leading to many high fives for the fans.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          And a flag to fly high in Dodger Stadium.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha! Yes please!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Wonderful to see Vin at the game. Just weird not to see him in the booth.

  • 76 pitches, five innings.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Godley with 72.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Mixed feelings with Kersh getting a hit here.

    • WinnipegDave

      The crowd seemed to like it. πŸ™‚
      And my guess is Kersh will be happy too!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        As long as it doesn’t affect him on the mound.

        • WinnipegDave

          Yes I hear you. Fortunately there is a bit of breathing room.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            True.
            Just flashes of what you referenced from three years ago.
            That was such a party, until . . .

          • WinnipegDave

            I know. I still feel a bit wounded from that one too.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I was watching in a sports book and when things turned, suddenly people were shouting anti-Kershaw things . . . AND the smoke was getting to me, so I left.

          • WinnipegDave

            I was at a lecture but following on my phone. I was stunned.

  • Argh. Leadoff walks.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      His second of the game, third total.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice DP!!!
    Especially vs. Goldie!

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes! Turner starts it off. Smooth even despite the error tonight.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    ANOTHER Kershaw HR.
    Luckily the DP before it.

  • WinnipegDave

    This is like the 2014 game.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Even before this inning, I was going to suggest pulling him after 6.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Who do you go to to get it to Morrow to get it to Kenley (if needed)?
    Tony C?

    • WinnipegDave

      Sounds about right.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Going into bottom of lineup with mostly righties, maybe Stripling.

  • WinnipegDave

    Interesting to see if Doc let’s Kershaw begin the 7th or not.

    • Bob_Hendley

      TBS seemingly not aware of the issue, so is anyone up in the pen?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Radio said last half inning that they were stirring.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Twitter says no one warming up.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m torn. He IS Kershaw.
      But this IS the postseason . . . and I remember well what Santayana said.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Really hope this is a quick, shutdown inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well here we go. Stretch is over and the game flows on.

  • Bob_Hendley

    TBS says he is rolling along, but Twitter is all lite up with him only having his fastball tonight.

    • WinnipegDave

      He’s had some nice curves throughout the night.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Except to Martinez.

        • WinnipegDave

          Some curves – not all.

  • WinnipegDave

    Glad to get the leadoff quickly.

  • 93 pitches to start the inning.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    One more HR by Kersh!
    Luckily all solo.
    Luckily they have a lead.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Back to back HRs — pull him!

  • WinnipegDave

    Yikes.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This is what I feared — besides the fact the lead is now two runs less, this does nothing for his psyche.

    • WinnipegDave

      I honestly think it won’t affect his psyche too much.
      Mine on the other hand… (Naha – I’m still good also.)

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Everything I heard before the game talked about how Playoffs Kershaw is not the same as Regular Season Kershaw.
        Gotta figure the opponents know it as well.
        And Kershaw can’t help but know it.

        • WinnipegDave

          Knows it for sure. And not that he doesn’t care because he always wants to pitch well. Just don’t think it will affect him. (Especially if they win.)

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            He’s only human . . . we’ve come to see that . . . don’t you think it’s in the back of his mind the next time?

          • WinnipegDave

            Maybe but I also think that part of what makes him do great is ability to zero in on the present moment.

          • WinnipegDave

            But it is a frustrating narrative to be sure.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Despite the narrative on TBS that he was rolling along, he was already struggling, so it’s not the case that he suddenly fell apart because of the inning per se. He is a great pitcher and the tendency of Doc and others is to keep him in, where they might have already yanked someone else. The lead played into that line of thinking.

  • WinnipegDave

    Morrow coming in.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I like it — put out the fire now, don’t wait.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Righty-righty matchup dictated the change.

  • RBI

    At the game. We need this out! Am I being obvious?

    • WinnipegDave

      Not at all! We want you to have maximum enjoyment.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Morrow!
    6 more outs . . .
    Need more runs, bats. Yes, more than 7!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The Wild Horse goes 3!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig! But sure that Doc wants to kill him for going to third.

    • How close was the play at third?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Not that close, but close.

        • WinnipegDave

          Perfectly described.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig has the tongue going tonight!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    I swear if that had been down the right field line he would have tried for home!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grandy, one of those deep groundouts to second will do it.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hope he can bring this in.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Unfortunately, the less-than-grand twins followed Puig.
    C’mon, Logan!
    Or WP or PB or error . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Waste not, want not.
    They did. Hopefully they don’t.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dang it!

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m so glad the plan is to have Barnes in there tomorrow.

  • Good grief.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Corey-made DP!

    • WinnipegDave

      Seager the day!

    • WBBsAs

      The pitcher’s friend…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This game will come down to Kenley in the 9th after JT plates 4 — the two free agent signings coming up big (hopefully).

    • WinnipegDave

      And hopefully the free agent trifecta success tomorrow with Hill.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        We would all be feeling rich!
        (You put in the request for him to pitch as good as before throughout October.)

        • WinnipegDave

          Good memory Bob!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Full disclosure: Credit goes to Link — it was a “quote of the day” I saw again recently.

          • Nah. I decline, thanks.

          • WinnipegDave

            I’ve always wondered about those. Does Link randomly choose them or…?

          • Let’s talk about it later.

          • WinnipegDave

            Sure thing boss. πŸ™‚

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Share with the class!

          • I’m not sure I know what you guys are talking about.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            The quotes attached to “ALSO ON ELYSIAN FIELDS” at the bottom of each post.

          • WinnipegDave

            The comments under the “More from Elysian Fields” section at the bottom of the page.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Jinx — you know the drill.

          • WinnipegDave

            And you got the wording right. It is Also On and not More From!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Another full disclosure: cut and paste.

          • WinnipegDave

            I have much to learn. πŸ™‚

          • Oh! Those are randomly pulled. I have nothing to do with them.

    • Bob_Hendley

      From your computer to the scoreboard.

  • WinnipegDave

    Yep. Barnes a better bet to get on base than Grandal.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Glad for the lead. Not sure how much drama I take take at 2 in the morning.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hang in there Bob!

  • scooplew

    Watching game at friends’ house in L.A., then going to tomorrow night’s game. This is nothing but nerve-racking. But I am confident RBI will get us the win.

    • WinnipegDave

      Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. As much as you can that is.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Tag team EF DS representation, all for wins, hopefully! (And I’ll be happy to take the tag next Saturday!)

  • Bob_Hendley

    Corey is back!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Corey!
    “Hey, Puig — anything you can do, I can do at least the same!”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Non-save situation . . . I’m sure Kenley is ecstatic!

  • Yahoo!

  • WinnipegDave

    Woot! Triple for Seager.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT: I need some ring bling!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ties Dodger record for playoff game RBIs.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Along with Pedro Guerrero (1981) and Davey Lopes (1978).

  • WinnipegDave

    We got this!

  • scooplew

    Breathing a lot easier now!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I think the better breathing spread east . . . at least to Vegas — I’m sure things are different in AZ.

  • WinnipegDave

    RBI must have had a little pep talk with JT and the rest of the team!

  • scooplew

    Hope we don’t see Baez in the 9th, regardless of the score.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Morrow’s hold was huge.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Pedro sighting looming.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Guerrero, I hope.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    These were July bats — scored in three different innings, all crooked #s.

    • WinnipegDave

      May October be the new July. Only 3 losses spread out throughout the month. (Like one per series.)

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        From YOUR keyboard . . .

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers have still scored more than all the other NL teams tonight – combined.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wasn’t it JT who convinced Kenley to re-sign with LA?
    Think I saw that in a mid-summer article on how Justin is a leader of the team.

  • WinnipegDave

    Getting ready for RBI’s exclamation mark!

  • scooplew

    Is Robbie Ray a righty?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Southpaw

      • scooplew

        Thanks. So Barnes catches. Who plays left?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Quique.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Anyone but Granderson.

          • scooplew

            Agreed.

          • scooplew

            Of course. I forgot about Hernandez. My bad.

  • Come on, Kenley.

    • WinnipegDave

      This is non-save Kenley.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Good point — there IS a big difference, isn’t there?

        • WinnipegDave

          Weirdly so.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            If he wants adrenaline, jump in front of a car before going to the mound.

          • WinnipegDave

            Like A true Dodger.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Sub car for trolley!

          • On TV Eckersley said there was, although not so much in the playoffs.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Did he identify, if he was used in non-save?

          • Another member of the broadcasting team asked him straight out if it was harder to pitch in non-save situations, and he said yeah. He then said “not in the playoffs, though.”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Definitely grateful for those two extra runs.

  • RBI

    I cannot relax, matter what!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      “It’s the Dodgers, Jake.”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Whew!
    Gotta win 2 of 4. Hopefully two more in a row.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Makes the parking lot chaos a lot happier!

      • RBI

        We park north of Sunset and walk!

    • WinnipegDave

      There’s one “!”

  • Bob_Hendley

    Jansen takes things into his own hands!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • WBBsAs

    In retrospect, a bit of a sloppy game.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Happy with the bats.
      Could’ve/should’ve had more, but that was the same in July.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kersh gets the W, but his ERA goes up, right?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Well he entered at 0.00 and it went up to 5.68.

      • scooplew

        His career post-season ERA, which was not good before tonight, increased.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          That’s what I meant. I believe it was 4.55 and he went 6.2, giving up 4.

        • scooplew

          I think it is close to 5 in the post-season.

  • scooplew

    So many high-quality starters have been hard in the post-season this year. Unusual.

    • ERA of the aggregate starters is above 6, one of the TV guys said.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Well, three elite starters anyway, Sale (4 innings, 7 earned runs) , Kubler (2.2, 6) and Klayton (6,4). We got off rather lucky in that regard.

  • 6:00 PM PT game tomorrow. The Cubs – Nats game is at 2:30 PM PT.

  • Check out Bryce Harper’s cleats for this evening’s game with the Cubs.

  • RBI

    300 comments. Good work, everybody. Scooplew, over to you tomorrow for the next win.

    • All while I got a good night’s sleep. Earlier start time tonight thank goodness.

  • HLKLA

    Glad to see we won. Kershaw still having post season difficulties I see.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Almost seemed inevitable. The TBS narrative seemed off base, that Klayton was rolling along. Eck was pretty bad and obviously not familiar with Kershaw and his pitching. His slider, the out pitch, was constantly up. With the bottom of the order, Doc decided to keep him in, given the lead and I guess a desire to help Kershaw bury his demons. Having already stated that he wouldn’t be used in a possible 4th game, in any event, Doc wouldn’t have had much leverage in convincing Klayton not to go out there for the 7th.

      • Howard Fox

        Agreed. You can always see how a Kershaw outing is unfolding by how many swings and misses there are. Yes, he struck out alot early, but the pitch count was rising.

  • WBBsAs

    Kenleyness > Godleyness

  • Howard Fox

    Good game in that we won. Kershaw winning even without his best stuff should be good for his psyche. Still cannot fathom why Granderson and Grandal are in the lineup. Without them there, they probably score 2 or 3 more in the first inning. But we stopped the Dbacks bleeding, so there is that.
    The series is tonight, if we beat Ray, they are done.

    • WinnipegDave

      Statistically, that is basically true. Someone broke down the percentage of teams that win the 5 game series based on winning each individual game:
      Win Game 1: 72% win the series.
      Win Game 2: 74% win the series.
      Win Game 3: 73% win the series.
      Win Game 4: 77% win the series.
      Win Game 5: Mathematically certainty!!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Cumulative, of course, would make more sense.

      • Howard Fox

        what is the % if winning both games one and two….but my point really was more that if we beat Ray, it will be like wrenching their heart out…

  • Howard Fox

    Back on all the talk about the Dbacks having our number yada yada. Seems to me we were up in the season series 8-5 until the 6 games that didn’t matter to us?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Like Hill on the hill in DS rather than Chase, where they tagged him for 6 earnies in 3.2 innings. Curve plays better in DS, where in two starts he let in 5 earnies in 16 innings (2.81).

  • WBBsAs

    While I despise the wild card, on one level the current system is working – the mediocre teams that reached the post-season have had to burn through their pitching. putting them at a disadvantage in the division series.

    • Howard Fox

      I’m not worried about the Dbacks pitching. I worry more about ours. The Dbacks are a good hitting team, but they aren’t the ’27 Yankees. HRs by Marte and Mathis? Really? This is Kershaw pitching, with the boy genius Roberts managing.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Arizona is hardly a mediocre team. If it were, we wouldn’t be rejoicing at them burning through their starters.

      • Howard Fox

        True, they are in first if they are in the other divisions.

        • Bob_Hendley

          All the while having to play 76 games in the NL’s toughest division.

      • WBBsAs

        A team that doesn’t win its division is, by definition, mediocre.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Seems a bit rigid. Can’t imagine something as arbitrary as that dictating how I judge a team.

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