World Series Game Seven, 2017

Astros at Dodgers, 5:00 PM PT, TV: Fox

This really has been one of the best World Series of recent memory. Consider this:

Literally every game of this Series has been a good one. Only once (the Dodgers’ 6-2 victory in Game 4) has the margin of victory been greater than two runs, and that featured a five-run rally by Los Angeles in the ninth.

It’ll be the fourth time in the past seven years the Fall Classic has stretched to the max and the second year in a row. There have been 38 previous Game Sevens, and the Cut Four team at MLB has ranked them all.

Tonight it will be Yu Darvish hoping to erase memories of his awful Game Three start (1 2/3 innings, six hits, four runs) followed by every other pitcher the Dodgers have, as needed. I’d expect to see Kershaw in relief unless Darvish has a fantastic performance deep into the game. The Astros will ask Lance McCullers to replicate his Game Three performance in which he went 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs. He could be followed by Keuchel and Morton and any other arm in the Astros’ bullpen.

Today in baseball history:

  • 2001 The first major league game ever started in the month of November is a memorable one when the Yankees, for the second consecutive night, make a dramatic comeback in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and go on to a World Series victory in extra innings. Tonight’s heroes are Scott Brosius, who hits a game-tying two out two-run homer to knot the game at 2-2, and Alfonso Soriano, who singles in Chuck Knoblauch in the 12th, giving the Yankees a 3-2 victory and 3-2 lead in the Fall Classic over the Diamondbacks.
  • 2010 Edgar Renteria, who drove in the winning run for the Marlins against Cleveland in the 11th inning during Game 7 of the 1997 Fall Classic, joins Yankees legends Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Yogi Berra as only the fourth player in baseball history to collect two World Series-winning hits. The Series MVP’s three-run homer off Cliff Lee in the seventh inning leads to San Francisco’s 3-1 victory over the Rangers, bringing a World Championship to the Giants for the first time since 1954.

Lineup:

  • The MVP will come out of game 7. Quite a few have made significant contributions but nobody has separated themselves. Co-MVPs would be my guess.

    • Howard Fox

      Would have to be Springer if they win. Taylor if we win, or Joc…if he hits another home run he might have a shot. Cannot see a pitcher from either team unless someone tosses a no hitter tonight. If the announcers choose, it’ll be Altuve. If I was choosing, it’d be Forsythe and Taylor as co…

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        CT has been awesome — and he’ll be on the team the whole year next year!

  • John_from_Aus

    The day that we hoped for/dreamt about/ wished for way way back at the start of the year is finally here.
    I was semi tempted to throw a sickie and stay home, but then it dawned on me that despite having classes, I probably have a better chance of following the game/ this blog from work.
    I just couldn’t see me sitting down for 3-4 or 5 uninterrupted hours at home while my toddlers were running around :).
    Enjoy the day everyone, i’ll be cheering loud from way over here.

    • Very loudly!

    • WinnipegDave

      John – you rock. So glad you are part of this community.

      • John_from_Aus

        🙂

  • WinnipegDave

    Aaaaahhhh! I’m was doing fine since this morning but now I’m feeling the excitement/tension/frayed nerves starting to rise up within me.
    If anyone has 30 extra minutes, I recommend listening to Joe Posnanski’s Poscast. https://audioboom.com/posts/6449147-emergency-poscast-previewing-world-series-game-7

    • John_from_Aus

      i think it will be another crazy roller coaster ride

      • WinnipegDave

        I only want that to be true if:
        1. There is no bottom of the ninth.
        Or
        2. There is a wonderful walk off win.

  • HLKLA

    Win or lose, we have had a great season and I have enjoyed sharing the season with everyone here.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Totally second that!

      • WinnipegDave

        Third!

        • Me too, me too!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            We thank you for the opportunity, Link!

    • RBI

      Fourth!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Text from my other brother: “You know I’m no baseball fan — but I am tonight. Go Dodger Blue”

    This has caught the fancy of the country!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hard to believe that 3 hours from now we might be celebrating. Or 5 and a half hours from now.

  • WBBsAs
  • WinnipegDave

    Here’s my absolutely nonsensical reason for thinking the Dodgers will win.
    Count up the red lines lifting up the baseball in the Dodgers logo.
    Answer: 17! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ece4a2ee379f3c965bdb4594043862b1804fe4eb3559f4f44b9234fdc40b9b6e.png

  • WBBsAs

    It’s time to mute the feed for “The Star-Spangled Banner!”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Loved the Matthew M. piece.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I didn’t get my free taco!

  • WinnipegDave

    I was chatting with my students today and asked if anyone wanted to watch the game with me tonight. One said they thought that sounded like fun.

    I laughed out loud and told them that we are way past fun at this point. Intense pressure maybe but fun? I don’t think so.

    Game 7.

    Have fun everyone. 😉

    • WinnipegDave

      Ps. I think my laugh scared everyone away. Only my son around tonight.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        The Dodgers have done well with that Canadian Cheering Duo!

        • WinnipegDave

          Thanks Bob!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sandy and Don!

    • WinnipegDave

      Rick and Steve. Definitely not the headliners!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Fox” Yu’s most important start of his career (since last week)

    • WBBsAs

      Nothing to offer but the truly obvious…

  • WinnipegDave

    How much does Kershaw wish he was starting tonight?

    • WBBsAs

      Good chance he gets into the game.

      • WinnipegDave

        Meaningful outs will be required of him to be sure.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Beware the calls coming from LF.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the bullpen up.

    • WBBsAs

      Bad future person!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Terrible start.

  • Yikes.

  • WinnipegDave

    Me no like.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Well, there goes the idea of a “normal” game tonight.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hopefully calm down.

  • WBBsAs

    Forsythe woulda made the play.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Belli too anxious.

      • WinnipegDave

        Doesn’t bode well for batting.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Good point.

  • Turner is going to get untracked in this game.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Need him and Cody. And Puig. and . . . This Team!

  • WinnipegDave

    Shoot.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Settling down . . I hope.

  • WBBsAs

    Remember, the Dodgers are outscoring the ‘Stros in this Series.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Only asking they do it this game.
      That’s all.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    So far, Astros only hurt Yu on a ball that looked less than a foot fair.
    Dodgers hurt themselves after that.

    • WBBsAs

      Not even a foot – just about hit the line, but hit well.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Getthe K, YU!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Or another weak grounder to the right.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Any out.
        Get the out! Get the out!

        • Bob_Hendley

          Ok.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Where’s Bill Miller when you need him?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Tough AB . . . win this, Yu!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The pitch count was respectable until this.

    • WBBsAs

      It’d be nice if he went deep into the game, but he doesn’t need to.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      not that it matters

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Okay, bats — YOUR TURN!!!

    • WBBsAs

      Better future person!

  • WinnipegDave

    Okay let’s start the game now. Enough kidding around.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I told everyone I hope it’s not a blow-out — for either team. They deserve better than that.
    I still want the Dodgers to win, tho, and realize this will make me more nervous.

    • WBBsAs

      I’d be satisfied if the Dodgers win in a blowout.

      • WinnipegDave

        I could find it in my heart to forgive them too if it happened.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CT starts it off!!!!!

  • Good start, Chris!

  • Bob_Hendley

    CT answers.

  • WinnipegDave

    CT you marvelous man you.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sure want a Dodger to win MVP . . . CT has to be in consideration so far, but believe it’s the hero of tonight.

    • HLKLA

      Even if the Dodgers win, Springer has to be considered.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Strikeback inning.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      *Trademark pending.

    • WinnipegDave

      Does that mean the Dodgers are the Empire?

  • John_from_Aus

    thats not was I wanted to check in to see

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hang on — !

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Corey!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That darn pitch!

  • I have to admit, I am so sick of Cory swinging at that pitch

    • WinnipegDave

      And Bellinger. And…

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Second that!

    • Cody too.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    OUCH!!!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      Not fun.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Cody!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    JT takes a page out of Chase’s book to contribute at the plate.

    • WBBsAs

      When you’re behind in the count…

      • WinnipegDave

        And have no game tomorrow.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Whatever it takes

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just a basehit!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good eye, Cody! (hit the ground)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The ASG Home Run Derby seems soooo long ago.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    5 in a row for Cody.
    So much for shortening up.

  • Five straight Ks for Cody.

    • WBBsAs

      Very bad future people!

  • I liked waking up to this jingle on the morning of WS games many years ago.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4RIp2-YOH8

  • Bob_Hendley

    We have gotten pretty far with our 2-5 batters not showing much this series.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    patient Puig!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Joc!
    Don’t try for too much!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Great spot for our hot hitter.

  • Wonder what someone said to Joc to get him to smile

  • WinnipegDave

    Get those runners running.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    HBP wouldn’t be bad if he’s not hurt

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Don’t copy Cody/Corey!

    • First called strike to Joc looked outside. Bad way to reward a hitter for having a good eye.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I meant the futile swing at low and inside more than anything.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    At least he put it in play.

    • Hit it hard

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I thought so.

  • That’s deflating.

  • WBBsAs

    McCullers had to work hard, but that’s not so meaningful tonight.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Means more for the ‘Stros I imagine.

  • WinnipegDave

    Frustrating. Sequencing definitely did not help out.

  • Low and inside is killing us.

    • WinnipegDave

      I hope not to be seeing the Dodgers swing through those pitches in my dreams tonight.

  • John_from_Aus

    I bet the crowd went suddenly silent

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yeah, it was rocking.
      Do you only have Gameday?

      • John_from_Aus

        yes

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Guess we’re not shouting enough.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Seriously, who’dve thunk Puig would be one of the most patient hitters on the team?

  • Trouble finishing hitters.

    • RBI

      Because Darvish not getting called third strikes, at least against McCann.

      • Ump definitely missed one obvious strike

    • WBBsAs

      He got robbed on one pitch to McCann, shoulda been a K.

  • WinnipegDave

    Really thought Darvish would be sharper tonight. So far not so much.

  • I thought it was mandatory to swing at that inside pitch

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Only if you’re wearing blue and under 24.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That first shot of Reddick, I thought HE was holding the drink in his non-bat hand.

  • WinnipegDave

    Darvish pitching scared it seems.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      “Defensive” Fox said.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Lucky McCann was the runner at 1st and not someone with speed.

  • WinnipegDave

    That’s enough from Darvish in my perspective.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Will it be Morrow to face the top of the order?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Great point my Smoltz about bringing in a real reliever in the middle of the inning vs. the start.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Does JT speak Japanese?

    • WBBsAs

      I understand Darvish handles English pretty well.

  • McCan’t run stayed at third

  • WinnipegDave

    The plan
    Get Reddick. Check.
    Get the pitcher.
    Walk Springer.
    Bring in Morrow.

    • Bob_Hendley

      That’s the formula.

      • WBBsAs

        It worked yesterday.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          “Yesterday . . . .”

    • Bob_Hendley

      Sure Doc is kicking himself for not doing it.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yep. It seemed so obvious. Whelp.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well that sucks.

    • WBBsAs

      Weakly hit.

      • WinnipegDave

        That’s why it sucks.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Good point by Smoltz in infield playing too deep.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Yu — sit them down.

  • RBI

    Sadly, so predictable.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Springer MVP.
    Unless serious comeback.

  • Oh boy.

  • Houston, we have a problem

  • John_from_Aus

    i feel ill

  • WBBsAs

    Very very bad future people.

  • WinnipegDave

    Every. *#%^#. Game

  • HLKLA

    There is your blow out and MVP question solved.

  • WBBsAs

    I’m not giving up yet.

  • WinnipegDave

    Darvish was not worth the price of admission.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Definitely not the WS — he DID help in the previous two series.

    • Or Calhoun?

      • WinnipegDave

        I mean for tonight’s game.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I meant for getting him at all

          • WinnipegDave

            Well if we got him to help us win the WS…

  • WBBsAs

    I would not have let Darvish pitch to Springer.

    • RBI

      I didn’t think he was…

    • Bob_Hendley

      The obvious move not made.

  • HLKLA

    Well our question about going after Darvish in the off season is answered as well.

    • WBBsAs

      I don’t think he was ever expected to be with the Dodgers next year.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yeah, that was never going to happen.

  • WinnipegDave

    Cue the video Fox will show of fans in the Astrodome.*

    • WinnipegDave

      And 30 seconds later…

  • I’ve had six drinks in 17 years. I need one now.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hang tough Link. Don’t drink sad or angry.

    • Don’t get sleepy and miss the comeback

  • HLKLA

    12-11 in ten innings with the Dodgers winning.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    On top of everything else, my laptop just crashed.
    Dave might have already said this but I will take a page from his notebook – – this will only make the Dodger comeback sweeter!

  • RBI

    Why why why did he pitch to Springer!?!?!?

    • WinnipegDave

      Thought we could surprise him by pitching to him?

    • Why wasn’t Forsythe hitting second?

  • HLKLA

    Here we go….

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Logan hanging tough!

  • Let’s go!

  • WinnipegDave

    Maybe we could have about 20 batters get hit…

    • But not in the foot. They will be swinging at that.

      • WinnipegDave

        So true.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dang it!

  • Why not Fields or McCarthy to get that last out instead of Morrow?

    • Stop the Astros in their tracks and than pass them.

      • Yeah, but with no one on base I might have wanted to save Morrow for later.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Hadn’t warmed up.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Morrow was up. Question is why he wasn’t brought back in earlier.

      • WinnipegDave

        That will maybe bug me all winter.

  • Not our night.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Re mycomment about blowouts – – what I really wanted was for the Dodgers not to be embarrassed.

  • HLKLA

    Well that was not good at all.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh we getting all the charm now. Sheesh.

  • HLKLA

    A Stripling game possibly.

  • Kershaw!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig coming in — get out of the way!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    NICE curve!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Kersh!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-ershaw!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers: LOB – 4.
    Astros: LOB – zero.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      == plated 5

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        The bats of September.
        Tho CT seemed to crush it.

    • WinnipegDave

      Both teams have had 5 on base.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        As always, “keys to the game” — score more than them.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Attention, Bats — there’s no tomorrow. And there’s no clock, C &C — be patient, Get Some Runs!

  • RBI

    Night is young. Younger than me.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      All of us.
      Kike’s Cubs game was just two weeks ago, tomorrow?

  • WBBsAs

    Kershaw gets benefit of the call.

    • RBI

      I disagree. Right on the line.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Corey with a smash.
    They’re getting opportunities, cash them in!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    OUCH AGAIN!!!
    4th HBP

  • Bob_Hendley

    McCullers no great shakes either. Hope AJ keeps him in too long.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      What he said!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Pulling him. Doesn’t want to duplicate Doc’s mistake.

  • WinnipegDave

    He’s has to get tossed.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Huh?

    • WinnipegDave

      By the Dodger bats that is!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Has Cody learned anything?
    Lean into it.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C;mon, Cody! Just a hit . . .

    • WinnipegDave

      Or walk or HPB.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        YEs

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    6th K for Cody in a row

  • WinnipegDave

    Ugly swings.

  • RBI

    Cody, you have to lay off that pitch, honey.

    • WBBsAs

      Easier said than done.

    • Yes, he does need nurturing.

  • WinnipegDave

    AJ Hinch at this point stealing Dave Roberts lunch.

  • Only guy McCullers was fooling was Cody.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Gotta admit, I’m cringing when Cody comes up.

  • WinnipegDave

    Scoop. We need some runs my friend!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Time to pluck the Peacock

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    RBI, did you get a towel yesterday?

    • RBI

      Waving towel. Wearing magic Mickey Mouse Dodger ears. So far, not working.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I’m waving and shouting as well.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Joc.
    Need more than “put it in play.”

  • WBBsAs

    Puig just misses it.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That’s a freaky shot from CF, like the batter is looking right at us.

  • RBI

    Seven LOB? Eight? Losing count.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Waste not want not.
    Not like they haven’t had their chances, AND with batter we (normally) want up there.

  • WinnipegDave

    6 LOB! Sadness.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Forget “The Guns of August.”
      These are the Bats of September.

  • WBBsAs

    I once got Manny Mota’s autograph when he played for the Tacoma Giants, but I liked him even better as a Dodger.

  • WinnipegDave

    That makes a DP tougher.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice play, Corey.
    Get out of this, Kersh!

    • RBI

      Great pitching tonight.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        By him, anyway.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          And Morrow.

  • Kershaw up third. Alex next?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sounds good.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This was the Kersh of Game 1 . . . which we needed in G5

    • RBI

      So true, but good to see.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Indeed. Gotta make things a LITTLE better for him.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    There’s always STAR WARS!

  • WinnipegDave

    I would trade all of the 12 runs from Game 5 for half of that tonight.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That seems fair.

    • RBI

      I’d gladly pay you Tuesday…

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Unfortunately, Dodger bats with RISP tonight have been wimpy.

        • RBI

          Touché.

  • WinnipegDave

    It is very quiet in my house right now. My son is just in the adjoining room as he is not enjoying watching tonight.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Gotta get Peacock out of there. He’s been tough vs. Blue.

    • RBI

      But how?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Why doesn’t he throw it away when I’m telling him to?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Chicken Strip up.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Is the batboy coming up the steps?

  • RBI

    Arghhhh!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wow — Kersh to eat the innings.

    • He’s been effective.

      • WinnipegDave

        Wish he had started.

        • RBI

          So does he.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            And Yu.

          • Yep, me too

  • RBI

    Kersh at bat.

    • WinnipegDave

      Take him deep!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Glad McCullers isn’t in there — danger of HBP

    • WinnipegDave

      Danger? More like near certainty.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Ha!

  • RBI

    Kersh with a good at bat, even though he k’d.

  • WinnipegDave

    Thinking back fondly to Game 1 – of the regular season! Listened to the game while travelling back from Saskatoon on Greyhound. Such a fun 14-3 blow out.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Great way to eat miles, listening to the game . . . especially a victory.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    My brother texted that Kersh had a better AB than Cody.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-ershaw!

  • The James Gang for between-inning music?

    • WBBsAs

      Awful song.

      • Disagree..

        • WBBsAs

          I do not care for Joe Walsh.

  • HLKLA

    When we had pitching, we did not have hitting it seems during this series.

    • WinnipegDave

      And tonight neither have been effective.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Save the relievers.
        And I hope they get a Save!

        • WinnipegDave

          I officially declare my presidency over. Long live the new president of the Hope Springs Eternal Club!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Mine are only hopes. YOu declare certainties!

          • WinnipegDave

            Maybe it is two different groups that should band together. 🙂

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Right here . . . right now!

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m thinking I don’t like baseball teams in orange.

    • WBBsAs

      Halloween colors do not belong the baseball field.

      • WinnipegDave

        Especially after Halloween.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK-erhsaw!

  • HLKLA

    Third base ball person getting a lot of screen time.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shut them down again.
    Bats — YOUR TURN!!!

  • HLKLA

    Do we let Cody bat again? Mercy rule?

    • WinnipegDave

      Maybe he should bunt instead of Hernández.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Especially if they still put that shift on

  • WinnipegDave

    Please make your move now Dodgers. Please.

  • RBI

    Feeling a little grief-stricken suddenly. Need an uplift from my Link-friends.

    • WinnipegDave

      You have a nice smile?

    • Not over yet.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    One C is patient!

  • RBI

    JT due, and battered.

    • Black and due

      • WinnipegDave

        And red all over!

        • RBI

          You guys..!

          • WinnipegDave

            That actually made myself smile for the first time in a while.

          • RBI

            Me, too.

  • Save us, JT!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Love the beards.
    I heard he can’t wait to shave.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Still half a game to go.

    • Bob_Hendley

      And the ‘Stros pen.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Said with encouragement or dread? 🙂

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A break!
    Bats gotta cash in!

  • Why are bullpen phones still corded?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Avoid interception of them?

    • To get to the other side?

    • Bob_Hendley

      MLB wants to control communication to and from dugout.

  • Give me a sign–that will do.

  • RBI

    Peacock.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      No excuses now.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cody HAS to put the ball in play.

    • Or out of play

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes to this.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Patient Cody.
    C’mon, Belli!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Silver Lining — he hit it.

    • RBI

      And not into a DP, barely.

    • Moved the runner too.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Thankfully not too hard.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Gotta stop wasting chance!
    That first run seemes to be the hardest tonight.

  • RBI

    Hinch making our Doc look bad, all about leaving Yu in too long.

  • What is frustrating me is that their pitchers are not blowing us away. We’re just not capitalizing.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Definitely frustrating

      • RBI

        We’ve had our chances for sure.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          — including G2 and G5

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not really blowing us away. Otherwise there wouldn’t be so many RISP that we don’t deliver on.

  • I think I heard in the pre-game BS that Yu was getting happier with his slider but it was still a work in process. I know he has 10 other pitches, but with that, I would have started Wood.

    • WinnipegDave

      Or the Shaw of Ker.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Wood’s first two warm up pitches flew out of the bullpen and onto the field.

      • Better than the other way around.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Yu got that right.
          Except he didn’t.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Man, he tagged that!

    • WBBsAs

      Not really.

    • Smoltz said soft line drive. It sounded a lot harder than it was, I guess.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Felt that way to me . . . oh well.

  • scooplew

    The crowd here at DS is anxious, hopeful, frustrated and chagrined.

    • WinnipegDave

      Scoop. We are still hoping here. Hang in there.

      • scooplew

        We need some 6th inning magic . . . A couple of big, clutch hits.

    • RBI

      So so frustrating. Yu killed us.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Never know wht the psychological effect is, but if they can’t even score 2, it’s a moot point.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          But not denying he stunk.
          Again.

      • scooplew

        He never should have been allowed to pitch to Springer a second time.

  • RBI

    One break. Can we get ONE BREAK?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      DID, with JT.s (?) deflection.

  • Eight LOB

  • RBI

    Letting go for the umpteenth time.

  • WinnipegDave

    As Fox said: we need Angel magic a la 2002.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Where’s the Rally Monkey?

      • WinnipegDave

        Or the Bubble Machine. I really thought that was going to be a magically year for the Dodgers. Was that 2014? 2015?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice play to get one.

  • HLKLA

    This game is reminding me of nearly a year ago when I was watching election results.

    • Gag.

    • Ha

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      A continuing nightmare.
      THIS is only a game.

    • WBBsAs

      Shortly thereafter, I escaped to Buenos Aires. This year, I will do so again.

    • WinnipegDave

      Wow. Good comparison.
      I’m thinking LA California was rooting for a different result than Houston Texas both times.

      • WBBsAs

        For all its problems, Houston’s a pretty diverse and relatively progressive city.

      • Houston is blue/Democratic. Texas overall is not .

        • WinnipegDave

          Ah.

        • WBBsAs

          After the hurricane, it will be even more so.

    • 105,955 fans sitting in Dodger Stadium waiting to get tired of Dodgers scoring.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Ha!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shift happens!
    Logan!

  • Risky walks here.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yep

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I’ve been writing — did Doc talk with Kersh?

        • WinnipegDave

          Yep.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hoping to even out the LOB category.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Ha!
        They did!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Whew!

  • RBI

    Can the tide turn, that is the question.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Better.
      And soon. No bottom of the 9th!

    • WinnipegDave

      Can the tide turn? Does the Pope ever fall asleep when he prays?
      Absolutely!

    • To be or not to be World Champs.

  • WinnipegDave

    As Scoop said – time for 6th (and maybe 7th, 8th, and 9th) inning magic.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      No bottom of the 9th!

      • WinnipegDave

        Dude!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JOc starts with a flare — oh for one of those with runners on base!

  • One more leadoff guy on base

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    What Smoltz says . . .

  • John_from_Aus

    that’s a start

  • WinnipegDave

    It’s like the Seinfeld bit about car reservations – we know how to get on base, just don’t know how to score.
    May that change right now!!

    • WBBsAs

      Huh?

      • WinnipegDave

        Seinfeld: you know how to take the reservation but don’t know how to hold it.

        • WBBsAs

          Who?

    • Virginity too.

    • HLKLA

      I love that scene.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Take the HBP?

  • Utley would have been HBP on that last one

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Logan with the walk!

  • Got to score here.

  • WBBsAs

    A little Iron Butterfly on the organ.

    • I thought so!

      • WBBsAs

        One of the best awful songs ever…

  • HLKLA

    So basically Kershaw pitches better in the post season when there is no pressure.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yikes. Zing.

    • He had a good game one

      • WBBsAs

        An excellent Game One.

        • HLKLA

          Not as much pressure in game one, as there was his second start.

          • Bob_Hendley

            If that helps your argument…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Fox, sad but true: better chance now that Cody’s not coming up.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Tough take — c’mon,Austin!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenley up.

    • WinnipegDave

      To bat?

      • WinnipegDave

        Jk. I know it’s Ethier.

  • RBI

    Well, that was strike three the pitch before.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Andre!

  • RBI

    Broke the spell!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get Kershaw the W!!!

  • HLKLA

    Someone on the Dodgers touched home plate!

  • WinnipegDave

    Please CT!

    • RBI

      Dagnabbit!!!

      • That’s what you typed but what did you say?

        • RBI

          Lots of silverware and clothing involved.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Corey!

  • RBI

    Over and over and over again.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Same with the other two brutal losses — who we wanted, when we wanted.
      But not what we wanted.

      • RBI

        Well, the best team is winning at the moment, at least for this game.

        • WinnipegDave

          A hard truth to swallow.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Undoubtedly the team that played best.

          • WinnipegDave

            Yep.

          • Never say die.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Haven’t.
            Still hoping for no bottom of the 9th!

          • WinnipegDave

            Offering us a Quantum of Solace.

          • Very 007ish.

          • Or Jim Valvano.

          • Or Bruce Willis

        • For two of the 7 innings and that might have been on Darvish.

  • scooplew

    Don’t understand bringing in Jansen now.

    • WBBsAs

      To stop the heart of the order.

      • scooplew

        Good point, both of you.

    • Top of the lineup

  • I shouldn’t have posted the “Casey at the Bat” cartoon. No joy in Mudville indeed.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Unfortunately, our Casey these last two games spells his name “Cody.”

  • Great catch!

  • Bob_Hendley

    That’s one way to stop Springer.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CT with the legs and glove!

    • WinnipegDave

      Your 2018 starting CF.

    • Joc was closing in on it and peeled off. Had it been Puig there, there would have been a collision.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Long way to run from right field.

        • WinnipegDave

          Samers!

      • WinnipegDave

        Puig would have to have run a long way to get to that one. 😉

        • He was closing in as well.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Did Kenley add that hitch this year?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yep

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Thanks — without cable, I only see nationally televised games.
        But I may check out YouTube TV!

    • Yep

  • WBBsAs
    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Several of them have — the Blue haven’t made them pay for it, tho.

  • WBBsAs

    Kenley working harder than he had to last night.

  • WinnipegDave

    Heart of the Order has been more like the Heart of Darkness so far tonight.

  • RBI

    Joc the only one smiling on our side. Maybe because he’s just happy to be here?

    • WinnipegDave

      That’s plus an extra $75 large coming to him via Jansen.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        For going opposite field?

        • WinnipegDave

          Yep.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This WS is like your favorite series that has a finale you hate.

  • 1 for 13 with RISP.

    • WinnipegDave

      The batters box is scoring position when you go yard so often.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Can’t count on it.
        Case proven tonight.

        • WinnipegDave

          I was talking about Springer.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            My bad.
            Add it to the Dodger muffs tonight.

          • WinnipegDave

            E – Vegas.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Ha!

  • RBI

    I feel like Springer has pretty much beaten us singlehandedly this series.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      So will the MVP voters.

      • Deservedly so.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          — until the Blue strikeback!
          *Trademark pending.

  • RBI

    Bats icy cold.

  • Kershaw has to be feeling better

  • RBI

    We’ve lost that loving feeling.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Because they lost the scoring feeling.

    • Oh, Oh

      • RBI

        I mean “they’ve” actually. I’m proud of our guys, even if we are clearly outmatched for this game.

        • WinnipegDave

          And outmanaged.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            A bridge too far with Yu, but still trailing at that point and they haven’t matched that.
            Yet.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yeah. The futility since then almost makes it moot.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Countering myself, tho — you never know how things change when the score increases . . . deflated more? HAve to be.

          • Bob_Hendley

            They didn’t seem deflated, just unable to come through with RISP.

        • I, as usual, didn’t get the right lyrics in my head. For some reason I was hearing Oh, Oh, you’ve lost that loving feelin. There is no Oh, Oh.

          • RBI

            “Oh oh that loving feeling” comes next.

  • WinnipegDave

    I really thought if we gave up only 1 HR we would win.
    I mean I knew there would be one for sure but hoped it would be easily over come.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Didn’t count on the bats being soo anemic.

      • Batting eyes were the worst.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    People who only saw the Series will be STUNNED when Cody wins Rookie of the Year (if they’re even paying attention).

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    After Cody, crowd cheers the ball put in play.

  • 3 up, 3 down is the beginning of the end, I’m afraid.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      2nd or 3rd time tonight, right?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Last time this Series I felt this frustrated with the Bats was Game 3 (what’s common in those games, kids?) — but as anemic as they were, they were much more competitive.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    AS great as the FO has been, the Granderson and Darvish acquisitions — to bolster the playoff roster — didn’t make the positive difference, at least in the Series.

    • WBBsAs

      They were plausible, and Darvish helped in some ways, but they haven’t been sufficient.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Worse than that in the WS– Darvish was counted on, perhaps to the detriment of other options.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not sure that we could have gotten more out of our left fielder in the WS.

    • HLKLA

      We went out and acquired the best pitcher available (until Verlander) and he helped us get to the WS. Verlander would have cost us the farm.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Great pitcher, though he did lose the two games he pitched.

  • RBI

    Pitching lights out after Yu. Too late.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    In retrospect, I should’ve been rooting for LA to play the Yankees . . . if nothing else, to eliminate any sympathy story!

  • WinnipegDave

    Regardless I’m glad this is a home game. Not that I want to see another team celebrating at Dodger Stadium but it is still less painful than a huge crowd celebrating another team winning. Yes. It is very shallow but it is honest.

    • We have 6 more outs. Stop with the obituaries.

      • WinnipegDave

        Can’t stop won’t stop?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Know exactly what you’re feeling.
      But theHouston fans have much to celebrate . . . IF they win.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well Grand Slam time.

  • RBI

    Rally cap time. Turning my hat inside out and backwards.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Game Summation: Bats didn’t show up . . . Yu did.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Up to now.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Yes! At least for the bats.

  • I can only imagine how badly Darvish feels

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      A nd not good on his FA resume.

      • WBBsAs

        He’ll find a job.

    • HLKLA

      I feel Kershaw shares some of the blame for pitching so poorly his second start.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yeah, that was ugly.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          And Kenley blew the G2 save.
          Tonight was the Series in microcosm — had the right people, right time, wrong results.

    • Belli might.

      • Bob_Hendley

        JT not far behind.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Well, there’s gonna be a bottom of the 9th.
    Walkoff time! (only chance)

    • 4+1 game redux!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        YES!
        Now how do we get this script to them?

        • WinnipegDave

          Give it to Scoop!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Of course!

    • WinnipegDave

      Could you imagine. That will be so bonkers when we win!

    • WBBsAs

      Or extras…

  • RBI

    “Hello?”Taps brim of cap, “Is this thing working?”

    • HLKLA

      Testing, testing….

  • WinnipegDave

    Morton. Followed by Verlander just in case.

  • WinnipegDave

    Will Culberson start things off in the 9th?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wood getting the ump to adjust to his pitches.

  • John_from_Aus

    here we go then, all in together

    • WinnipegDave

      Just like Toy Story 3!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        From Canada to Australia — Go Blue!

  • Here we go.

  • WinnipegDave

    If the Dodgers don’t win you will never see a TV set turned off faster in your life.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      No matter what, I’m going to the Dodger broadcast — wanna hear “our guys” a final time.

      • RBI

        Me, too.

    • What time is it?

      • WinnipegDave

        Not late. Or far too late.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Strikeback time!

      • RBI

        Rally time!!!

    • RBI

      I get to switch to Sportsnet.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Stuck with the Fox post-game. What a joke. Other guys make A-Rod look good.

  • RBI

    Go Silver Fox!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      His final Dodger AB?

    • WinnipegDave

      Would’ve gone with Charlie. Unless I missed him.

  • WinnipegDave

    What the heck. Let’s win this thing anyway.

  • Why Chase and not Charlie?

    • RBI

      Respect?

  • RBI

    At least we’re consistent.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cody is contagious. Tonight, that’s bad.

    • RBI

      True. How Cody goes, everyone goes.

    • I don’t think Chase has a hit in the WS.

      • RBI

        Been hit, yes.

  • WinnipegDave

    We need base runners.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Been there, done that.

      • Bob_Hendley

        We need runs.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Yes!

      • WinnipegDave

        We need runs.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    WTF — commercial cut in!

    • WBBsAs

      It’s Fox, Jake…

  • John_from_Aus

    I see the plan, Taylor Seager Turner get on and then Cody redeems himself by tying it all up

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Nice script. But would you let him bat?

      • John_from_Aus

        he would have had as much chance as anyone else

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CT running his heart out.

    • RBI

      Tried so hard. Made it close.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Every time

  • RBI

    Over.

  • WBBsAs

    So, the lesser team wins.

  • WinnipegDave

    It’s been a heck of a year friends. Thanks for the journey.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      A pleasure, Dave — thanks for helping make it so.

      • WinnipegDave

        Right back at you Bob.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shot of Kersh & Yu — two aces who weren’t quite.

  • Rats. Wait till next year!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m looking forward to it. But after coming this far, the only problem is nothing short of winning it all is a failure.
      Forget about emulating the Cubs — now LA has to copy the other blue, the Royals — return and win it all.

  • Disappointment for all of us. But it was a great year nonetheless.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thanks for helping make it so with this blog, Link!
      I’ve quoted it before — sharing with friends is doubling the joy, halving the sorrow.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes thanks Link. You have hosted us well the whole year long. And I do mean year, not just season.

  • WinnipegDave

    Silver lining: I just saved a wack of money on not wanting to buy sports illustrated and dvds of this World Series, etc.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ha!
      But I was soo looking forward to that!

      • WinnipegDave

        I was too. (Sob.)

  • John_from_Aus

    tip of the hat to the Astros

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Absolutely.
      I don’t hate them and I’m happy for them and their city. (Tho I wish I was saying that about LA.)

  • John_from_Aus

    despite the disappointment, better to get there that not at all

  • I thought the Dodgers would win game 7. Bridesmaids again.

    • WinnipegDave

      HFA is fools gold.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Bats matter more. Blue were missing.

        • WinnipegDave

          We had more hits and way more baserunners. The whole team lost this one. Fielding. Managing. Every piece helped create the loss.

          • RBI

            In a way, that make sure this a little easier.

          • WinnipegDave

            Much rather lose it like this tonight than lose another one like game 2 and game 5.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Not happy with those losses, but if there is blame to place, putting it on your top players seems better than a journeyman muffing a play.

          • WinnipegDave

            How about a rookie striking out 15 times in the series?

          • WinnipegDave

            I don’t get me wrong – I love me some Bellinger ball.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            But he’s a face of the team, one of the stars (before, I was thinking of K & K).
            Worse if it would’ve been Charlie or Chase.

          • RBI

            Me, too.

          • Bob_Hendley

            A lot less stressful.

    • John_from_Aus

      After game 5, I really thought it was either going to be the Astros in 6 or us in 7.

      • WinnipegDave

        So did the Dodgers and everyone on Sportsnet LA. Almost over confident I guess.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        So did Puig and Kenley.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      At least they got to the altar this year!

  • Thanks for your company, folks. Hot Stove League is coming up.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      AKA Armchair Manager?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Will be a bit of a head scratcher on how the FO goes about improving a 104 win team.

      • WinnipegDave

        FO – Ok how do we create a team that can win over a 100 games, win the division, move smoothly through the DS and LCS, get to Game 7 of the WS – AND not leave 10 runners on base? Because if we figure that out – we’ve got a winner!!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Unfortunately, we’ve see this team be THAT team throughout the year (looking at you, September!). Bad timing!

    • RBI

      Looking forward to Toles coming back.

      • Hope his knee gets back to 100%.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Starts tomorrow at 6am PT, when Darvish, Morrow, Utley, Watson, Grandy and Gutierrez become FAs. Club options for Logan and Ethier. Guessing that only Logan survives from this group.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Morrow was terrific for the team.

        • Bob_Hendley

          He was great. Nice pick up by the FO. The Tonys as well in the pen. Morrow probably gets closer offers and not sure they want to spend that much.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Definitely!

      • Howard Fox

        Hoping they keep Morrow and Logan. Either and Utley, thanks for the memories. Maybe go out and get Stanton and put Taylor at 2B…

      • Gonzales might be agone as well.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Sure, and Grandal as well, but I was just noting non-discretionary moves.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Mo: This doesn’t diminish what they did the whole season.

  • WinnipegDave

    November is the cruelest month.
    Dodgers: 11-4 in October.
    0-1 in November.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      No-vember.
      Quick — what’s the schedule for next year? Probably in there again.

    • WinnipegDave

      Houston 11-7 in the playoffs.
      Dodgers 10-5.
      You tell me who’s better!!
      Wait – no please don’t.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Definitely a classic, overall. (Letdown tonight)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Fox: How did you keep them so calm?
    AJ: Oh, we weren’t calm. We weren’t calm.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice award, Commissioner.
    Why was Gurriel allowed to play?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Would’ve been nice for a Dodger to win the first year of the “Willie Mays Award.”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Astro proposing on live TV!
    Luckily she said yes!
    Radio says it was Springer, I thought Fox said Correa.

    • RBI

      My husband said, “Did she throw the ring back?”

    • MLB.com sez Correa.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Radio says four Dodgers have weddings planning in the off=season.

  • RBI

    Darvish interview on Sportsnet heart breaking. Taking full responsibility.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      All things staying equal, he needed a shutout to win.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Fox is done.
    Need some Hulu to decompress.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    When I ordered my WS shirt, I also got a Dodger flag to fly.
    I’ll put up my Thanksgiving flag tomorrow but keep the Blue flying for a while.

  • RBI

    Thanks to all for getting me through this season with your humor and smarts and general good-guyness. Couldn’t and wouldn’t want to do it without you.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Back at you, RBI!

  • RBI

    Kersh “We’re all feeling the same hurt. Right now we’re just trying to embrace each other a little bit.”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    How about the possible final AB by Andre yielding the only run for the Blue tonight!

  • Here’s a silver lining.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      LOVE it!

  • scooplew

    Just got back to our LAX hotel. Feeling dispirited. In time, I will feel better that we went this far and got so close. In time. Thanks so much to each and every one of you for sharing all the ups and downs, and the joys and sorrows of this season. You helped me take a special ride into baseball and relationships. And thank you so much, Link, for being the engine that drove this vehicle. Best to you all…Lewis

    • RBI

      Sorry, Scoop. We came so close.

  • Here is the current 40 man roster. I can see quite a few changes coming to it.

    Pitchers
    Luis Avilan
    Pedro Baez (might be traded)
    Walker Buehler (In the 2018 rotation)
    Tony Cingrani
    Yu Darvish
    Grant Dayton
    Josh Fields
    Wilmer Font
    Yimi Garcia (Should be back in the 2018 bullpen)
    Rich Hill (In the 2018 rotation)
    Kenley Jansen
    Scott Kazmir (Hopefully gone)
    Clayton Kershaw (In the 2018 rotation)
    Adam Liberatore
    Kenta Maeda (In the 2018 bullpen?)
    Brandon McCarthy (Hopefully traded)
    Brandon Morrow
    Edward Paredes
    Josh Ravin
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (In the 2018 rotation or is he traded)
    Brock Stewart (In the 2018 rotation)
    Ross Stripling
    Julio Urias (2019 return?
    Tony Watson
    Alex Wood (In the 2018 rotation)

    Catchers
    Austin Barnes
    Kyle Farmer
    Yasmani Grandal (Could be traded, Tampa still needs a catcher)

    Infield
    Cody Bellinger
    Charlie Culberson (Bench if Taylor moved to second)
    Logan Forsythe (Can they trade his option if Taylor at second)
    Adrian Gonzalez (Retired)
    Tim Locastro
    Corey Seager
    Rob Segedin
    Justin Turner
    Chase Utley (doubt he will be back)

    Outfield
    O’Koyea Dickson
    Andre Ethier (Sorry to see you leave)
    Curtis Granderson (Gone)
    Franklin Gutierrez (Gone)

    Outfield
    Enrique Hernandez ( A keeper)
    Joc Pederson (Hope he stays. Back to CF if Taylor to 2B?)
    Yasiel Puig (Could be traded, never know)
    Chris Taylor
    Trayce Thompson (I have lost hope)
    Andrew Toles (If healthy, competes for LF or CF)
    Alex Verdugo (Competes for LF–or traded)

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Since he’s done a 180, so have I — I hope Puig stays.
      Why do you think Joc might leave? He doesn’t have an option yet, does he?
      Logan came up big in the playoffs, so I’ve done a 180 on him.
      Urias definitely out for all of next year?
      CT not only soo valuable at the plate and in the field — but all around the field!

      • Dodgers have a crowded outfield. Joc just reminded the FO that he can be aswsome but his trade value went up as well.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Guessing that Urias is available at the earliest in August. Mac and Kaz maybe candidates for the pen, as well as at the end of the rotation. Problem is that as vets they can’t be in revolving door with OKC. Besides Buehler,farm arms that have some shot at the Bigs at some point during 2018 include Sborz, Oaks, May, Santana and Alvarez. Smith could be in the running for backup catcher, Kendall in the outfield.

  • Alex Wood had a fantastic year.

  • WS stats for those with 18+ ABs

    Ave. Obp. Slg. Ops.

    Pederson — .333 .400 .944 1.344
    Forsythe — .278 .409 .333 .742
    Hernandez — .231 .375 .231 .606
    Seager — 222 .290 .370 .661
    Taylor — 222.344 .407 .751
    Barnes, — .174 .200 .217 .417
    Turner — .160 .323 .360 .683
    Puig . — 148 .179 .370 .549
    Bellinger. — 143 .172 .393 .565

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      Bottom three were the reason we lost 7.

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    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Absolutely — thanks for posting.
      After the last two years, Dodgers need to have an opponent that doesn’t own the sympathy card. Makes me wish I didn’t root for the Yankees to win!

      • I said to my mother after the “win for the hurricane victims” refrain popped up that “LA should have had an earthquake to even things up.”

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          “The Big One” would probably affect you guys, huh?

    • WBBsAs

      I sympathize with victims of the flood, but not with their choice of team.

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    Vegas opens betting with Dodgers at 5-1 odds to win it all next year. Astros and Indians at 6-1.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/dodgers-open-as-favorites-to-win-2018-world-series-over-astros-or-indians/ar-AAumcnX?li=BBnb7Kz

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  • WinnipegDave

    Random thoughts:
    I wonder what difference Buehler might have in the WS. Not second guessing as much as curious.

    Almost glad the Dodgers lost one game to the Cubbies. It is less painful somehow knowing that are only losses weren’t in the WS. 10-4 is just a weird looking record for the playoffs.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Definitely dominance.
      Until they were dominated. But if they kept playing, it would probably remain close in the W/L record.

    • WBBsAs

      Buehler didn’t show much in a late-season audition, but I expect he’s at least in the ‘pen come spring.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Local sports talk show features a Houston fan who went to Games 6 & 7. He was praising the Dodger fans’ class in handling the loss. Other announcer said Dodger fans realize this won’t be the only time they meet (in the Series).

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