Brewers at Dodgers, 12:10 PM PDT, TV: Bally Sports Wisconsin, SPNLA, TBS (out-of-market only)
In the last game of the year the Central Division champion Brewers hand the ball to LHP Brett Anderson (4-5, 4.26 ERA). The Dodgers counter with RHP Walker Buehler (15-4, 2.49 ERA).
If the Dodgers win and the Giants lose to the Padres up north, the two California teams will play a tiebreaker game tomorrow, Oct. 4, to determine who wins the NL West. Any other result sends the Dodgers to a wild card game against the Cardinals on Wednesday, Oct. 6.
Today in Dodgers’ history:
- 1947 In Game 4 of the Fall Classic, Bill Bevens comes within one out from pitching the first no-hitter in World Series history. The Yankee hurler loses his claim to fame and the game when Cookie Lavagetto, pinch-hitting for Eddie Stanky, hits a two-out ninth-inning double giving the Dodgers a 3-2 improbable victory.
- 1951 In Game 3 of the National League playoff series at the Polo Grounds, Bobby Thomson’s one-out three-run homer off Ralph Branca beats the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4, and the Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant. The round-tripper, better known as the ‘shot heard around the world,’ becomes one of the famous home runs in baseball history.
- 1962 At Dodger Stadium, the Giants beat Los Angeles, 6-4, to take the rubber game of the best-of-three National League playoffs, clinching the National League pennant. LA shortstop Maury Wills sets a major league record for the most games played in a season, appearing in all of his team’s 165 games.
- 1976 After being at the Dodger’s helm for 23 years, Walter Alston’s managerial career ends when the team drops a 3-2 decision to the Padres, finishing the campaign ten games behind the Reds. During his tenure, beginning in Brooklyn in 1954, the skipper known as Smokey to his players compiles a 2040-1613 (.523) record en route to capturing seven pennants and four World Series titles.
- 1987 Benito Santiago’s consecutive game hitting streak ends at 34 when the backstop is held hitless in three trips to the plate by Dodger hurler Orel Hershiser, who tosses a complete game in a 1-0 loss to the Padres. The stretch of straight games with a hit by the 23-year-old represents a new mark for rookies and catchers.
- 1993 The Giants, despite winning 103 games, are eliminated from the Western Division race when the Dodgers derail their division dreams, 12-1. Catcher Mike Piazza, who will be named the league’s Rookie of the Year, hits two home runs in the game.
- 1999 In the final regular-season game played at the Astrodome, Mike Hampton (22-4) beats the Dodgers, 9-4. The victory clinches the division title as the Astros finish one game ahead of the Reds in the National League Central.
- 2005 The ax begins to fall when two managers lose their jobs the day after the season ends. Skippers Jim Tracy (Dodgers/5 years/427-383) and Alan Trammell (Tigers/3 years/186-300) are the first to go.
- 2009 Needing only a win or a Colorado loss for the past week, the Dodgers finally clinch the National League West title with a 5-0 victory over the wild-card Rockies. The title marks Joe Torre’s 14th consecutive season in the postseason, having won thirteen previous divisional titles, ten with the Yankees, one with the Braves, and now his second with LA.
Today’s #Dodgers lineup vs. Brewers: pic.twitter.com/PCnC8LREhc
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 3, 2021
Go Sox. Screw the Yankees.
Most of Sports Illustrated’s baseball writers pick the Dodgers to survive the wild-card game and make it to the World Series. About half think they’ll win it, with Trea Turner as MVP.
From The Athletic:
Except for a bad call on a checked swing, we are tied.
LA Times looks ahead to the Cardinals.
Yikes. The Yankees’ Urshela caught a foul ball running full speed and went down the steps into the Rays’ dugout.
And ump ran in after him to call the out
Wow. What a day. Heck of a season by our boys. I had pretty much written off winning the NL West with Webb going for the Gnats and the Puds basically having a bullpen game. Really wanted the Blue Jays and Mariners to prevail over the Yanks and Red Sox. Sure hope Muncy is OK. Well, time to get ready for all or nothing Wednesday. Go Dodgers.
Make that 6-1. Padres really folded. Nelson Limet, looking at you.
Peterson running outside the lane.
Inside it, actually.
Urías is 32-10 in his short career. Hard to believe he’s now 25 years old.
Buehler is 40-13 in his short career.
Red Sox pull ahead 7-5.
50 games over .500 with all the losses due to injuries etc.? (Remember Big Red? He was so good – could have been one of our aces! Not to mention he-who-shall-not-be-named for his alleged assault.)
Nice emphatic sweep of the Brewers!
Woo-HOO!!!! What a season!
At least we are going to the wildcard game with the team in form(the bats are alive)
Andre Jackson in line for a three-inning save.
Beaty is the new Muncy!
Beaty is 3 for 3.
He hammered that one. He’s been waiting for his chance!
Unfortunately, the Yanquis beat the Devil Rays. Scrub Jays winning easily, but they’ll need the Sawx to lose. M’s flailing in Seattle.
Gnats have it.
Baseball. You just never know what a season holds. Including playoffs!
I still have a resentment against that Ump who miscalled the Gnat who went around with bases loaded in the ninth and tied the game that we later lost. Huge miss-call that changed so much about the season.
And the “winner” is… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bf03f439cdbcdbc5be7970e52ac213321e1fdb5e4761d604b7e02b99081bb921.png
Surely the players are still tested?
The masking agents are now more sophisticated. What other explanation is there for career seasons from so many 30-somethings who’d been in steady decline?
Impressive outing by Jackson.
This inning, not so much.
Well, Beaty might have gotten that first double if he’d played it differently.
However… you are correct. And Lux ain’t no Mookie.
Given Gavin’s inexperience, I’ll cut him some slack, but I’d rather not see him out there in the post-season.
Nice of Smoke:
Dodgers are/will be over-represented on this list of teams which won 100 but still finished behind the league champs.
They are not behind the league champs.
Okay, divisional champs. But that’s new since 1969. They were behind the pennant winner twice, in 1942 and 1962.
Elbow injury for Max.
Webb and Linet – co-Gnat mvps for the final game of the season.
Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone and BALCO™ Flaxseed Oil – that’s a winning combination! https://twitter.com/JDFSports/status/1123609037440999424?s=20
Oh fer…Giants pitcher Webb just hit a two-run HR.
On all three times.
Seager scorches one!
Avoids the rally killer!
Okay Trea! Big moment here.
And boy does he deliver.
Walker could still get the W!
I miss one day to watch a movie (Free Guy) with my family and all this happens?
Looks like Dodgers will need to play on Wed…
Time to bike home from the theatre. Catch you all in a bit.
The Mariners are messing up. Toronto winning a blowout, Sawx trailing a close one, Yanquis tied.
Who else besides Cody and Albert do we have who can play first base?
JT, certainly, with CT3 at third?
Beaty, maybe? 69 games there over three partial seasons, says Baseball Ref.
Never played there while in the big leagues, says B-Ref.
Nor on the farm.
Meanwhile, 11ks for Buehler!
Free Jumbo Jacks!
Not my jam…
5-1 Gnats. Let’s just focus on winning this one with NO MORE INJURIES.
Strickland is by far the most loathsome of the Beerboys.
Losing Muncy would be worse than losing this game.
That Muncy injury really really hurts – him, the team, and us.
Today and beyond.
Come on Walker. Bear down my man.
2-0 Gnats. Boo.
Interesting that Albert comes in rather than Cody at first base.
Has enough trouble hitting without throwing him out there. Has only played 4 games this year at first.
Sacks loaded with pests.
They do swarm, so it’s time to get out the bug spray.
Broken? Strained? Just terrible news.
Elbow. So bad.
I thought wrist.
Or no, wrist.
Looks really bad.
Max in a lot of pain.
RULE ONE VIOLATION!
Since Nomar played for Boston and for LA, I wonder if anyone’s ever asked him which rivalry was more fun or more intense: Yankees – Sox or Dodgers – Giants.
Doubtful either could match Yankees/Dodgers in the Brooklyn days.
Probably Yanks-Sawx as they were involved in more meaningful games head-to-head. Dodgers-giants not really much since the 1960s.
Jackie Bradley, Jr? He’s been around for a while.
He’s been a flop in recent years, except for his defense.
His hitting’s never been much. Lifetime .230 BA.
Didn’t like that knuckle curve!
No, but it’s gotten appreciably worse.
Webb already struck out the side..
Gnats out in order on six pitches.
Gnats out in order on six pitches.
Are we rooting for the Mariners just because it would sew chaos or because of residual (possibly hereditary?) antipathy toward the Yankees?
I am rooting for the Jays and Mariners cuz nice to have something other than Yanks and Bosox, though haven’t bothered to read up on tiebreaker criteria.
I have a great friend who is a lifelong Mariners fan. Plus I love this plucky team.
Got a Seager on it as well.
Sorta my hometown team, though they arrived after I moved away. I rooted in person for the short-lived Seattle Pilots (now the MIL Beerboys), but I was later a huge Griffey fan – best player of his era.
A four-way tie is the chaos we need.
Gnatfans appear resigned to playing tomorrow. https://twitter.com/susanslusser/status/1444726572754210816?s=20
They’ve got more confidence in the Padres than I do.
Wild AL Wild Card possibilities:
From a different MLB article:
I believe that the NL Wild Card game is on Wednesday, not Tuesday.