NLDS Games Three, 2017

First game: Nationals at Cubs, 1:00 PM PT, TV: TBS

The series is tied at one. Today the Nationals send last year’s Cy Young winner RHP Max Scherzer (16-6, 2.51 ERA) to the hill to face the Cubs’ LHP Jose Quintana (11-11, 4.15 ERA). Scherzer’s first postseason appearance this year has been delayed while his right hamstring healed, but he and the doctors say he’s healthy now. He’s got a 2.92 ERA in six career starts against the Cubs. Quintana came over from the crosstown White Sox in July and was 7-3 with a 3.74 ERA in 14 starts for his new team. This will be his first postseason start and the first time he’ll face the Nats. Scherzer has made 14 appearances in the postseason (12 starts) but only two for the Nationals.

Second game: Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 7:00 PM PT, TV: TBS

The Dodgers acquired RHP Yu Darvish (10-12, 3.86 ERA) with the postseason in mind, and now it’s here. He’ll face ex-Dodger now D-Back RHP Zack Greinke (17-7, 3.20 ERA). Darvish was 6-4 with a 2.44 ERA on the road this season, while Greinke was 13-1 with a 2.87 ERA at home. Darvish has made two postseason appearances in his career, both with Texas, and is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA. Greinke has made ten postseason appearances and is 3-3 with a 3.92 ERA.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1949 During the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 10-8 loss to the Yankees in Game 5, the Ebbets Field lights are turned on, making it the first time a World Series game has been played under artificial lights. The first scheduled Fall Classic night game will not take place until 1971, when the Pirates host Baltimore for Game 4 at Three Rivers Stadium.
  • 1966 For the second consecutive day, the Orioles win a World Series game, 1-0, in a contest decided by a home run when Frank Robinson takes a Don Drysdale pitch deep over the left field fence in the fourth inning. With the lone run being scored on a homer, for only the fifth time in the history of the Fall Classic, and the complete-game shutout thrown by Dave McNally, Baltimore completes a four-game sweep over the Dodgers.

Also, this is the anniversary of the Jeffrey Maier game in 1996 when he leaned over the wall and caught a Derek Jeter fly ball. It was ruled a home run despite clear evidence that he interfered with Baltimore outfielder Tony Tarrasco’s attempt to catch it.

In 2005 the Astros won the longest postseason game in history, beating the Braves in 18 innings on a Chris Burke walkoff home run to take the NLDS and advance to the NLCS.

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427 thoughts on “NLDS Games Three, 2017

  1. Best-case scenario, given weather forecast: Nats and Cubbies play four long innings, then get rained out and have to play tomorrow, get started and then get rained out again and have to play on Thursday (when forecast is a bit better). Then play Game 5 in DC and fly across country to meet up with Dodgers on Saturday night.

  2. So I’ll be at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, wearing my Jackie Robinson t-shirt.
    Anyone else gonna be there?

        • Sadly yes it does. I would love to see a Dodger game with you some day. I think we would have a grand time. But it won’t be this year.

        • I wish I could be there, Bob, to meet you and see the game. Keep our streak going at Dodger Stadium. RBI was there Friday night and I was there Saturday night. Perhaps others on this site were there also.

    • I will be in Hawai’i, lunching with Link on Wednesday, but then heading to the Big Island. Will have to persuade my wife how important these games are.

  3. I would’ve taken it, but I’m glad it didn’t end with a contested checked swing.

  4. Maeda and Tony W for the 8th. Jansen the 9th. I can see a possible end game emerging.

    • During the great streak, they would help with the glove, even if they didn’t with the bat.
      Tonight, he’s doing with both.

  5. If I remember right, I wasn’t impressed with the first outings by the Tonys . . . they have certainly changed my opinion since then!

  6. Crowd cheering “Yu” when Darvish left.
    Wait. What’s that? They were booing?

  7. I briefly lost the video when my second monitor crashed – missed Descalso’s dinger but got it back just in time for Barnes’s.

  8. Zack was in for one batter and he gets an HR . . . again, nothing personal, but YES!!!

      • Don’t wanna be greedy, but I requested a major meltdown . . . or at least a 3-run meltdown like Saturday’s 7th inning.

    • Hard to hold up when the ump gave Zach the two previous pitches, especially the second strike

  9. Too many opportunities for the Dodgers, no opportunities for the Dbacks, and yet it is 1 – 0. Gotta score some runs in the top of the fifth and chase Zack,

  10. What an impressive inning by Darvish!
    He is proving to be the support for Kersh FO wanted.
    Now how about some support from the bats?

  11. So the New Yorkers are very much alive in their series against the Clevelanders.

  12. Not sure where the pitch to Austin was, but after Zack just issues a walk to load the bases, if it wasn’t in his all-time favorite sweet spot, that pitch should’ve been taken.

  13. Woohoo. I have Dodgers’ radio as well as national TV. In that Indians – Yankees game I’ve had the Yankees’ broadcasters, Sterling and Waldman, and I don’t like their style at all.

  14. Great at bat. Running up the pitchcount is a nice consolation prize for the out.

  15. Nice that the angst level for this game is only at about 5.5 out of 10. Maybe 6. It is the playoffs after all.

  16. Thanks for the link to the Jeter “home run,” Link. I remember hearing about it but don’t think I ever saw it.
    They should’ve started instant replay immediately after that (okay, at least the beginning of the next season).

  17. Cubs win! Cubs win! 2-1 lead in NLDS!

    I’d rather us face the Cubs if we get past the D-Backs. The Nats’ starting pitchers scare me.

    • Whoever wins, I’d like to see it go five and burn through the winner’s bullpen – to the point where a position player has to take the mound.

  18. From the ALDS thread: I enjoyed hearing Joe Davis call that (Houston-Boston) series. I wonder if he is on tap for any LCS announcing?

  19. 1966 was a painful year, not so much for losing the Series as for losing Koufax as an active player.