Reds at Braves, 9:08 AM PDT, TV: ESPN
RHP Luis Castillo pitches for the Reds and RHP Ian Anderson (not the Jethro Tull guitar and flute guy) for the Braves. Castillo had a great September going (4-0, 1.26 ERA) until Saturday the 26th, when he gave up four runs in four innings. Anderson was 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA in six starts in this, his rookie season. Among his outings were six innings of one-hit ball against the mighty Yankees in August and seven innings of one-hit ball against the WS Champion Nationals.
Marlins at Cubs, 11:08 AM PDT, TV: ABC
The Marlins’ RHP Sixto Sánchez is a rookie who started off with a bang; five starts in which he posted a 1.69 ERA followed by two in which he ran up an 11.57 ERA. He’ll face the Cubs’ RHP Yu Darvish, an old friend of Dodgers fans. He’s been an ace for the Cubs since 2019; his postseason record is 2-4 with a 5.81 ERA. Much of his poor ERA was built in 2017 when he was with the Dodgers and he went only 3.1 innings in two games against the Astros in the World Series. In light of what has since surfaced about the Astros and sign-stealing, it may be that Darvish’s travails in that Series were not all of his own making.
Cardinals at Padres, 4:08 PM PDT, TV: ESPN2
RHP Adam Wainwright makes his 28th postseason appearance and 15th start for the Cardinals; he’s 4-5 with a 2.81 ERA over those games. He’ll face RHP Zach Davies of the Padres. Davies has been consistent all season: he gave up no more than three earned runs in any of his twelve starts.
Brewers at Dodgers, 7:08 PM PDT, TV: ESPN
The Brewers send RHP Brandon Woodruff out to face the Dodgers’ LHP Clayton Kershaw. Woodruff was 3-5 with a 3.05 ERA this year, but his last start was his best. He went eight scoreless innings against the Cardinals in a must-win game on September 26. Kershaw had a 6-2 and 2.16 ERA season, although his last start was forgettable. He went just four innings, gave up eight hits and four runs (only one earned) last Friday against the Angels.
On this date in Dodgers’ history:
- 1944 Dixie Walker, an outfielder on the seventh-place Dodgers, wins the National League batting crown with a .357 batting average, finishing ten points higher than runner-up Stan Musial. In 1947, the ‘People’s Cherce’s younger brother, Harry ‘the Hat’, will also lead the Senior Circuit, hitting .363 in the year when he is traded, after playing ten games for St. Louis, to Philadelphia.
- 1946 The Dodgers and Cardinals, who both finished the season with a 96-58 record, play the first game of a best-of-three series to determine the National League’s championship, marking the first time in major league history a playoff is needed to send a team to the World Series. St. Louis wins today’s Sportsman’s Park contest, 4-2, and will clinch the pennant in Game 2, beating the Brooklyn at Ebbets Field, 8-4.
- 1950 On the last day of the season, Pee Wee Reese, ignoring second base ump Frank Dascoli’s directive to slow down when his high outfield fly becomes stuck between the screen and the right field wall, continues sprinting around the bases at full speed, crossing home plate with the tying run in a game the team needs to win to finish tied with Philadelphia for the NL flag. The Dodgers shortstop’s unusual inside-the-park homer, due to an odd ground rule, will be the only run Robin Roberts allows in the Phillies’ pennant clinching 4-1 victory at Ebbets Field.
- 1950 After they retire today, Burt Shotton of the Dodgers and the A’s Connie Mack will become the last managers to wear street clothes. Although no edict specifically mandates a skipper must wear a uniform, there is now a rule that states that a person not wearing a uniform, except medical personnel, isn’t allowed on the field of play during a game.
- 1950 In the season finale, Robin Roberts, in the first of his six consecutive 20-win seasons, becomes the first Phillies right-hander to win twenty games for the team since Grover Cleveland Alexander accomplished the feat with a total of 30 victories in 1917. The complete-game, ten-inning 4-1 Ebbets Field victory over the Dodgers hurled by the Whiz Kid from Springfield (IL) clinches Philadelphia’s first NL pennant since 1915.
- 1951 The Giants’ 3-1 victory over the Dodgers in the first game of the National League playoffs is the first major league contest to be televised coast-to-coast. CBS, who obtained rights to the game, transmits the picture from Ebbets Field, but has to get the signal from ABC, who had made previous arrangements with WOR-TV, the New York station which carried Brooklyn’s regular season games.
- 1955 After losing the first two contests in the Bronx, the Dodgers even the World Series at a pair of games apiece when they defeat the Yankees at Ebbets Field, 8-5. Brooklyn will make it three victories in a row tomorrow with a 5-3 victory over the Bronx Bombers, but it will take a dramatic Game 7 for the ‘Bums’ to capture their first World Championship.
- 1961 The Wrigley Field on the West Coast hosts its last professional baseball game when the Angels, who will play at Dodger Stadium next season, are defeated by Cleveland, 8-5, in front of 9,868 fans at the 36 year-old ballpark, which will be torn down in five years to make room for an eventual public playground and senior center. In addition to being the home for the American League expansion team, the venue housed the PCL’s Angels from 1925 through 1957 and served as the location for the 1960 television series Home Run Derby.
- 1974 At the Astrodome, Mike Marshall establishes the major league mark for the most appearances by a pitcher when he throws two innings in the Dodgers’ 8-5 victory over Houston. With his 106 appearances, the right-handed reliever appears in 65% of the games that his team played this season.
- 1993 Mike Piazza plates Jose Offerman with a first-inning single to set a new team mark for runs driven in by a rookie with 107. The 24 year-old Dodgers catcher breaks the franchise record for rookie RBIs established by Del Bissonette, a freshman first baseman who played with Brooklyn in 1928.
- 2009 The Rockies’ 9-2 win over Milwaukee assures the team of a wild card berth in the postseason, and puts the team in position to still win the NL West by sweeping the Dodgers this weekend in L.A. Although the team was 12 games under .500 on June 3, today’s victory, their 91st – a club record – puts Colorado 23 games over .500, another first in the 17 year history of franchise.
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— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 1, 2020
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Brewster’s thing is that he is a contact pitcher with control problems not a K guy like McGee. He is good, but not for the heart.
I love our two catchers this year. Geeze, I am all thumbs tonight.
I love our two catchers….?
I couldn’t get the words out. Too excited, I think.
You had me thinking
Have you been watching too many debates?
One is too many
But I look forward to the VP debate
Don’t even start.
I’m impressed you figured that much out.
I used that Ovaltine decoder ring
Hader warming up. Fine by me.
80 pitches for Woodruff.
Seager hit under that, and it was still warning track opposite field. He has some serious power.
I remember a while back we were talking about how the Dodgers weren’t striking out as much recently. Oh wait. That was last night.
I brought that up. Perhaps I shouldn’t have reminded them.
Confession is good for the soul. Good work.
Dodgers struck out the 3rd fewest times among NL teams.
It’s not like the Dodgers hit the ball much yesterday.
True. But I wouldn’t mind being up 3-0 right about now.
We could use another game full of walks
Announcer just ignored Grandal, saying the Dodgers haven’t had offensive production from the catcher’s position since Russell Martin.
Russell Martin – the first time I would imagine.
Regardless – Grandal had a live bat.
Call it a passed call
I admit I was remonstrating with Roberts when Clayton came out for the 8th. “Why, Dave, why? You’ve got a good bullpen and a three-run lead, it’s in the late innings, he’s tired…”
Yeah, but inviting deja vu all over again.
I’m SO proud of Clayton.
Hicks, Miller, and others have been in close contact since the debate and on Air Force 1
The President and the First Lady both have tested posted for COVID-19. It’s all over the news now.
I’m sure glad Nancy Pelosi has kept her distance.
If he does what he’s supposed to he has to self-quarantine, which means no rallies, no campaigning.
Won’t THAT make the conspiracy theorists go nuts.
But I was told it’s a hoax…
And it’s official. Trump confirmed it.
That the Dodgers win?
Yep, he said he tested positive
Contract tracing… contact tracing… Biden, Joe?
That’s what terrifies me.
No handshakes were allowed by the Cleveland medical staff at the debate.
Good thing he looked forward the whole time. Trump, in the other hand, was spewing toxic aerosols.
This after taunting Biden In the debate about wearing a mask all the time.
Graterol looked like a closer to me
Doesn’t miss enough bats for me at this stage.
Nice win. See you next round.
This is Kershaw’s revenge.
Wait, what!? No homefield advantage…boo
Bat last. Sometimes that’s nice.
But we won’t need to.
True! I guess it’s a theoretical bonus then.
Wonder what the discussion is on the mound.
Strike him out?
“Good talk everyone!”
Breaking news. Trump has Covid. Okay, as we were.
He should self-quarantine until January 20th.
Or is he just in quarantine?
CNN says he and Melania both have it.
In the mean time we have two out.
I may have jumped the gun. My friend told me.
Trump just tweeted that he has it.
Good lord. Pence was hanging out with them as well!
Yeah, might just be that.
Can’t argue much.
Is that your final decision?
Calling a friend
Gives Grateral time to collect himself.
If the Dodgers can win in the next 9 min, they will have won 2 games on my bday.
I thought we ironed this out last night. It is my Mom’s birthday.
94 beats 50 for sure!!
Of course it’s also my sister’s bday. Together we are 105.
Wow that made it easier for everyone to remember!
Then thank goodness Baez ain’t out there.
Here comes the 9th.
Auditioning for the future. I’d go with McGee to preserve the present.
Look out. Mookie on first.
Jansen is our closer?
Ok, let’s score another so it isn’t a save situation.
Cerveceros had to ask for that, but it was a lost cause.
Oh, that’s sweet! Picked off!
Kinda sorta. The Kershaw DP – pickoff and K.
A walk?! Kershaw is clearly slipping.
That could be Joc’s last at bat as a Dodger
Seems dramatic. They take him off the roster if they win?
There are apparently still concerns with the newborn.
There has been lots of speculation that Joc will stay home with family instead of going to Texas for additional games.
I assume Joc hit for Barnes meaning Kershaw is out
Didn’t he hit for AJ?
I see that now
Reversal of fortunes (it’s usually the other way around)
Joc hit for Pollack.
Too bad. Joc hit that hard.
Pads and Zach Davies down 4-0 and at 52 pitches in top of the second. Yikes.
Bad pitching? In the absence of Clevinger and Lamet, I’d much rather face the Pads.
They’re coming back in the 4th.
Gomber on the mound, but when I see him I think “Goober.”
He did the job.
10 pitch at bat, at least.
It might not be fair to compare Koufax and Kershaw’s post season performances as Kouifax only pitched in the World Series. The playoffs didn’t start until 1969
This is the kind of at bat that heals offensive woes.
As good as he is dealing, do you pull him if a man gets on base?
Most of the problems in the past have been having him pitch until he isn’t good anymore.
So far, he’s breezing.
Oh my word! That curve.
What a gem!
I love those quick outs.
I’m missing Scoop tonight.
Better at bat by Will.
Will is off as well.
Muncy cannot get a hit to save his soul.
Ouch! Poor catcher.
Thumbs are not overrated.
I am not opposed to them.
Woodruff got ejected.
Missed that. What did he do?
Argued a few calls w the ump. Then wanted the ump ejected along with him.
Ump seemed pretty consistently good. I do recall a ball outside that Woodruff wanted, but not a bad call.
The call was good. Woodruff just frustrated I’m sure.
It was the ball to Barnes that was well outside that Woodruff wanted a strike called for strike 3. Once he was pulled he vented about it and got kicked out before he left the mound.
Argued a few calls w the ump. Then wanted the ump ejected along with him.
He’s only at 72. We shall see.
Tell me again what the pitcher is supposed to do in the half inning after their team scores runs to take the lead.
Same as what they are supposed to do every half inning?
Kershaw! So good.
I don’t want to think about how long to go with Kershaw and who comes out of the pen.
Doc’s dream and nightmare at the same time.
I have no ill will at all towards Jed Geryko. I just think the Dodgers should be able to beat a team that has Jed Geryko on it. Let’s get it done Dodgers.
I kinda like this Mookie Betts guy…
Hader can now do his thing for a couple of innings
I recall we roughed him up last time we saw him in the playoffs.
Barnes with wheels.
I love not having slow runners in the lineup. Turner may be our slowest.
Got my third trip through order wish early.
Just need Seager to go yard and continue the good times.
Technically, the runs are earned.
Mookie hits it so hard.
Let’s go Mookie.
Barnes coming through for Kershaw.
Our order has no bottom!
Has a top and a bottom this inning
Barnesie drives one in!
Ouch, Barnes gets beat up enough behind the plate and doesn’t need to add next to the plate.
We’d better cash in on that mistake.
First time he has to pitch under added pressure tonight. And the lineup doesnt take a break.
Just like Hamilton. (That’s for RBI…)
And another single!
Good future person!
I just signaled for a steal attempt
Great. Hope he makes it.
Too bad he hadn’t been on second!
My steal sign looks a lot like my hit a single sign
Belli gets a hit. Good job!
Will Smith does not K very often.
Now on ESPN1
The shift prevented a double play in this case.
But may have prevented a base hit
Single otherwise, no?
Nice play by CT3.
I think it was far enough to the shortstop side that Seager woudl have gotten to it.
Always reminded of Seager not covering third against the Mets in the playoffs out of the shift.
Not a fun moment. Bad memories.
Better than 2 players tagged out at home on the same play at Shea!
I was having a lunch meeting with my boss when that happened. Saw it on the tv while eating and nearly choked.
I look back at the flubs of the last 3 decades and smile at the human foible aspect of it. It is different with things from my youth though. I am still bitter about Reggie Jackson’s hip, and the fact that that sticks in my craw seems to be a bit of a human flaw on my part.
Tommy was not too impressed as I recall.
Nor was I. I am also still bitter about that.
Pads hang on, and will play the Redbirds again tomorrow.
11-9 Pads final.
Glad both teams will play 3 games
UC Irvine alumni, tough life
Redbirds threatening again at The Litterbox. Tying runs on base with nobody out.
Third time through things may change. They have been seeing a lot of pitches out of him.
I thought that as well.
Hey Woodruff. Develop a blister maybe.
If Woodruff thinks he is good then he should try to hit a moving bat
This is frustrating.
JT hit that hard, straight back.
Deep-ish fly ball from Seager. Something to build on perhaps.
Woodruff is making us look terrible at the plate.
Making good pitches. Not as if our guys are swinging wildly.
Go ahead, Pads and Cards. Wear each other out!
Padres bench doesn’t look tired when their teammates hit all those HR’s.
Kershaw is dealing as well.
Somebody wants to go to Texas!
Woodruff is good. Wow.
Give Kershaw an assist on Barnes hit.
Barnesie gets a single!
Now 9-8 in SD, but Redbirds have two out and nobody on in eighth.
Redbirds trying to get back in it.
Link,who are our announcers?
I finally found ESPN2 on Sling TV, but it was confusing.
Pads are pouring it on.
Cards pitching. Not so good.
Tatis is an amazing player. I like him, gotta say.
He would look good in blue.
But I also like his yellow shoes… best thing about his uniform for sure.
You misspelled Tatis
I surely wish we’d start hitting.
I love when the Dodgers are hitting. It means the other team is not. 😉
Woodruff might be the best starter the Dodgers have faced this year. Trying to think: Who in the NL and AL West was better?
I guess. I had thought of him but thought they might be about the same.
8 pitch inning.
Padres have tied the Cards 6-6 on Tatis Jr and Machado HRs.
3 run HR + Solo HR back to back = Grand Slam?
Heh. The Pads have now taken the lead 7-6 in the 7th.
Tougher starter tonight that’s for sure.
Throwing strikes anyway.
Good inning, Kersh!
Public enemy number one!
Last night Spanish-language broadcast was on ESPN 3, but tonight there’s nothing except Cards and Pads.
Ooops, Maybe I spoke too soon. Tatis Jr. just hit a three-run HR to make it 6-5 in the 6th.
Here we go. Gulp.
The Padres are the better team by record, but it looks like the Cards are going to knock them out. The Cardinals played 11 doubleheaders after a 17-day hiatus for COVID-19; surely they’ll get tired at some point, right?
Hoping this is the right place for tonight.
Let’s welcome the Atléticos to roll over the Asterisks at Dodger Stadium next week!
Jon W. notes tonight could be the last time Justin Turner suits up as a Dodger in Dodger Stadium.
The Freese comparable has always made sense to me. He’ll be back.
Hard to imagine a scenario where he and the FO don’t get together to bring him back.
I’ve always referred to Anderson’s group as “Jethro Dull.”
Come ON, Reds, tie this game up. Better yet, win it and force a Game Three.
They couldn’t even be bothered to score.