NLDS Game One, 2020

In an attempt to eliminate any possible home field advantage, the National League is playing its Divisional and Championship Series in American League parks (Minute Maid in Houston and Globe Life in Arlington, TX) and the American League is playing its series at National League Parks (Petco Park and Dodger Stadium).

Marlins vs Braves, 11:08 AM PDT, TV: FS1

The Marlins send RHP Sandy Alcantara to the hill to face the Braves’ LHP Max Fried. Alcantara threw 6 2/3 innings in Game One of their Wild Card Series against the Cubs, giving up just one run. Fried started Game One of the Braves’ Wild Card Series against the Reds and pitched seven scoreless innings.

Padres vs. Dodgers, 6:38 PM PDT, TV: FS1

The Padres have not yet named a starting pitcher as of 11:00 PM PDT Monday. The Dodgers will give the ball to Walker Buehler, who’s had blister troubles and whose innings have therefore been limited. He may go no more than four innings in this game.

Update: The Padres have selected Mike Clevinger, whose elbow injury has apparently healed enough to pitch.

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.

Lineups when available.

Padres lineup:

Dodgers lineup:

315 thoughts on “NLDS Game One, 2020

  1. Bueller’s pants look like leggings. They are so tight from the knee down. Not a good look if you ask me, which you didn’t.

  2. It was be interesting to see how the Padres use their bullpen from this point forward.

  3. Gators almost are useless as a mask and it was going up and down while fussing at the ump.

  4. Bizarre to see this is being called a no hitter with so many pitchers and so many walks.

  5. Bizarre to see this is being called a no hitter with so many pitchers and so many walks.

  6. Dodgers hit 5 home runs in their 3 game series in Texas. Bellinger (2), Muncy, Seager and Smith.

  7. Just noticed the index finger slot on May’s glove. I wonder if I would put my finger in it or outside it.

    • Maybe if we are lucky it will go into extra innings. Burn through a few more Pads pitchers.

  8. On the bright side, the Devil Rays have stung the Yanquis, and that series is now even.

  9. The way the ball moves sideways as it reaches the plate is something that I still can’t quite get my mind around watching May pitch.

  10. I move like Clevinger when I’m standing in line waiting for the bathroom at the theatre.

  11. Looks like the Padre plan is to take as many pitches as they can get away with and hope Buehler gets a blister.

  12. Buehler needs to sharpen up. He’s not kissing the zone, or really even that close, on too many pitches. Stating the obvious here.

  13. After one inning a draw, both pitchers labored. 20 and 22 pitches. Clevinger looked a little wild to my eye.

    • Didn’t seem comfortable in the role, which seemed to nullify him as a hitter. Swung at ball four and looked feeble on strike three.

  14. Old friend Yimi García has totally imploded at Trash Can Stadium, and now has an ERA of 81 for the post-season.

    • After the Asterisks leave, Dodger Stadium will require a deep cleaning before it is fit to occupy again.