Cubs at Dodgers, 5:00PM PT, TV: FS1
The Cubs send wily veteran RHP John Lackey (11-8, 3.35 ERA) out to face the Dodgers’ rookie LHP Julio Urias (5-2, 3.35 ERA) in hope of tying the series up. Lackey has made 11 career starts in 12 appearances against the Dodgers and has a career 1.75 ERA against them. Urias started twice against the Cubs during the regular season, working six innings to beat them on Aug. 27 at Dodger Stadium after getting beaten up at Wrigley Field in his second Major League start.
#Dodgers NLCS Game 4 lineup:
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Heading out to a Rickie Lee Jones concert, so wil be late joining today. Go Blue!
Fortunately, you can only lose one game a day, and the final score doesn’t matter all that much.
The Dodgers will honk the horns of victory tonight and the Cubs will scurry back to Chicago. https://youtu.be/ETrWMvicKps
Night all. We’ll get them tomorrow.
Meh. Look forward to Maeda stepping up.
Well, I don’t care what anyone says – in my augmented reality the Dodgers only lost 10-3. Take that Angel Hernandez.
Ha! I like your fighting spirit.
Maybe this game could be the (4×2)+1 game!
Here’s hoping we have an ace – or two – in the hole if Maeda falters. If the Dodgers don’t respond strongly tomorrow, it may come down to Kershaw and Hill winning Game 6 and 7 on the road in Chicago.
I hope we don’t have to win both in Chicago, tough ask
Oh well – I guess the series you really want to clinch at home is the World Series.
Except RBI would see it tomorrow.
Dastardly detail: The middle three innings for the Cubs — 4 1 5 — is the area code for San Francisco.
Argh! I don’t want to know that!
And LA couldn’t even respond with 2 1 3. (I think I recall that’s LA’s area code.)
Or 3 2 3. Or 3 1 0.
not that I watched it much, but I remember that beverly hills is 91210
That’s the zip (postal) code and not the area (telephone) code. But I would take it as the first five innings in the Dodgers’ linescore tomorrow.
8 1 8 would be nice.
My poor son is at the game. He thinks it’s all his fault.
It’s my fault for watching the game and ignoring my in-laws who decided to come to day on one days notice. I’ll take this one for the team.
I’m hoping the Cubbies will have used up all their runs tonight.
And that we have used up all of our errors. (We certainly haven’t used up all our hits tonight.)
Sloppy sloppy plays out there.
I thought Joc’s throw was perfect and it was Grandal that let it go over his head by going from home plate where the ball was thrown to and running toward the mound to try to cut it off.
The ball bounced off the mound higher than Grandal expected but would have been right on the mark had he more cautiously stayed closer to home.
Good news department: Jansen gets a needed night off. (OK, OK, I’m grasping at straws.)
Kershaw tomorrow on three days’ rest, I expect.
Nope. With a Game 6 looming now, may as well save him for that. Plus, he threw today which he wouldn’t do the day before a start.
My worry is that if we lose tomorrow without him, we head back to Chicago three games to two needing a sweep there. Not sure what is the best way to go.
But if you figure a win when Kershaw pitches and figure not a win when Maeda pitches, then either way it comes down to Hill on the road in Game 7.
If Maeda starts tomorrow and falters, who would be behind him?
I switched over to the debate after the 3rd or 4th and after sneaking a peak at the score just now came back. The Dodgers have some rusty pitchers and a couple that have worked hard.
Silver Lining Dept: A blowout lessens the suspense/stress.
Lose by 8, lose by 1, it’s still an L. (But it would be nice to look like you belong in the game.)
Two words: ug ly.
Guess it all turned around after the play at the plate.
As well as the Dodgers looked last night, they seem as bad tonight.
This feels like an away game. Against a lefty. With a triple A lineup.
From one of our best games of the year to one of our worst. That’s baseball.
So – we were 40% there towards a comeback tonight but now down to 25% and falling.
Bullpen having a horrible day.
See: Alexander and his day.
Defense at 2nd base is not helping us tonight.
Needed one more run out of that. Or 2.
Redemption time for Kiki?
simple single needed here
nice, when I saw in play (runs), I was hoping for a grand salami, but you have to start somewhere. (and still only 1 out)
c’mon Corey, one over the fence
Just read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with my son and I am feeling better about tonight’s gene.
hopefully it will read as the terrible, horrible, getting better, even better, fantastic, brilliant day
a single from Kike would have really helped with that
0-5 in the postseason from Kiké.
hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I would have much rather seen Puig at the plate, then Howie could now be fielding at 2nd and Puig in the outfield
and possible not made an error at 2nd
Yes. A single there would have moved it from getting better to even better.
It ended up as terrible, horrible, getting better, nope – now much worse, unbelievably bad day.
a chance again
Time to put my son to bed.
Which likely will be the most fun I have tonight.
Well – get it all out of the system tonight.
there’s a start
Where is Bob? Ring the CI alarm!
Finally a break for the Dodgers.
Ok..the nightmare inning is over. Time to get to work.
Would love to come back and score 2+ runs here off of Lackey.
Nothing going right for Toles tonight.
No RBI single. Bad throw. No catch there.
The defense really didn’t help Urias but that last pitch was a big mistake.
Wheels coming off.
65 pitches and nobody out in the 4th. Julio is not long for this game.
somehow we need to limit the damage here
This might be the last inning for Urias regardless. Baez warming up.
Dodgers not making or getting breaks tonight.
Horrible throw by Toles. A good throw would have had him easy.
It was so bad it moved up the other runners too.
A little bunt and a blop hit.
OK Utley. Help out your pitcher.
So through 3 1/2 the score is (1)0-0.
Binary, one might say.
I suppose his hand could have been above the plate just long enough that tag got him. (But I don’t think so.)
That last view showed the hand was down on the plate.
TV should have done a froze frame at the point Agon’s fingers toughed the plate
Local umps AND NYC missed it.
I think if the ump had said safe, NYC would have agreed with that as well
Then what’s the point of replay, he says sulkingly.
Too close to change the call either way
Yes. It’s true. I’m just griping.
I can see why the local umps missed it. But I thought the replay was clear.
Not a good call. At all.
Loved the finger wag by Gonzo!
Cue the “Jeopardy” music
Not-so-Speedy Gonzalez . . . until the review
Alright – this part of the Dodger line up – you can get on base, run wild and hit for extra bases.
And score runs.
Except I forgot that Gonzo was leading off. He gets on base but might not run wild. 🙂
Didn’t he get a SB vs. the Nats?
He tried to run wild.
He was in there!
Absolutely. It was a great slide.
37 pitches now after a 25 pitch 2nd.
Definite composure by the kid!
Cost him an inning worth of pitches but he seems cool like a cucumber.
Box score at this moment: both teams have a license to kill — 001
I’d like the Cubbies’ line as 007.
There could be a movie made out of that
Get the K or double play, J!
Or both, strike em out, throw em out
Utley knows better
Gotta settle for one…
Its the pitch count that bugs me
Let’s see if the kid can keep his composure.
Unfortunate but it did look like he was out.
Definitely guilty feet!
Got no rhythm.
Got no base, either.
Lackey is upset with his defense.
Good slide by Seager.
12 pitches is great for Urias in 1st inning.
Get the K, J!
I see what you did there 🙂
Better what he did there!
Has there been talk about keeping Urias on a pitch count?
TV people said no, but that’s not very credible.
At first I was thinking of going for broke, perhaps his final game. But they have to be thinking/hoping/planning for another series.
In a perfect world the ALCS would have gone 7 games to max out the winnng team’s starting pitching.
So hopefully the wait will rust?
From a tweet by Don Banks, whoever that is —
3 teams alive in MLB: Cubs last won in 1908, add 40 years, Indians in ’48, add 40 years, Dodgers in ’88. Nice symmetry to these streaks.
So it will either be a repeat of the 1920 World Series or a brand new matchup. I’m down for the roaring 20’s, ninth six years after the fact.
Any word on who throws out the first pitch tonight?
So, it looks as if the Dodgers can book their charter to Cleveland.
Cleveland, city of light, city of magic
Cleveland, city of light, you’re calling me
Cleveland, even now I can remember
‘Cause the Cuyahoga River
Goes smokin’ through my dreams
Did Randy Newman have a song for Toronto, too?
I hope so, but don’t take a census of poultry until they’re born . . . we know the Dodgers can easily look as hapless as the Cubs did last night.
funny you say that, at the moment in our year 4 class we are looking at life cycles and we have several chickens hatching at the moment as we have set up in the classroom a hatching chicks program, where the students get to watch chickens hatching from an incubator
Our 4th Graders do that — an exciting time for them, but we wait until the “real” Spring 🙂