Postseason Task 1 – Beat the Cardinals

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The 2014 National League Division Series that the Dodgers are competing in starts Friday and features the top pitcher in baseball against a very, very good one.
The Dodger’s Clayton Kershaw will face St. Louis Cardinal Adam Wainwright in the first game at beautiful Dodger Stadium.

For us old school fans, that harkens back to the mid ’60s Dodgers/Cardinals rivalry when 32 and 53 faced Bob Gibson, who was almost as mean as Drysdale, and had a lower ERA in 1968 than Koufax ever did. Gibson also won the Cy Young Award AND the N.L. MVP Award in that same season. Kershaw has a lock on the Cy Young Award and a very good chance to nab the MVP, especially if he leads the Dodgers to a world championship.

The comparison between the Dodgers
and Cardinals goes way back to the turn of the last century, but mostly started when Branch Rickey helmed the Redbirds from 1919 until 1942. His focus on building a great farm system and teaching fundamentals and the “Cardinal way” to all levels, including the big league team, came with him when he became the General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers at end of the 1942 season. Since 1901, only the Cardinals and Giants have a winning record against the Dodgers, not including inter – league play.

Of course, past history is not a predictor of future results. The 2014 Dodgers are a better team than the Cardinals and, barring multiple injuries or a massive meltdown, should beat them and progress to the next level. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We need to focus on one game at a time.

Go Dodgers!

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223 Responses to Postseason Task 1 – Beat the Cardinals

  1. 32and53fan says:

    Message from WordPress:
    You published your 100th post on this blog!

    The Orioles decimated the Tigers in the 8th inning. It was hit after hit after hit after hit after hit… Prior to that, in the top of the second, designated hitter Victor Martinez and left fielder J.D. Martinez hit back-to-back homers off Orioles starter Chris Tillman to tie the game. It was only the second time in postseason history that players with same last name homered consecutively. Frank and Brooks Robinson homered back-to-back off the Dodgers’ Don Drysdale in the first inning of the Orioles’ four-game sweep of the ’66 World Series. Who keeps track of these oddball stats?

  2. trublu4ever says:

    …..and, we all thought our bull pen sucked!

  3. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Tomorrow’s another big day in our lives.

  4. 32and53fan says:

    Meaningless, but interesting stat: since the first National League expansion in 1962 to now, Dodgers and Cardinals are tied at 288-288.

  5. nedisajerk says:

    Did anyone see that no hitter Zimmermann threw on Sunday? The Astros back in 2004 had a combined no hitter vs. the Yankees, the Mariners 2 yrs ago against us and Phillies this season but Zimmermann threw a no hitter on the last day of the season with the Nationals reserve in the game strange. The 1st no hitter in Nationals history and of course we know the Expos have some.

    http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=340928120

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      To me the Expos and Nats are one and the same but to say it was the first for the Nats is okay because of the name change.
      I hope they carried all their records with them when they left Montreal. I understand some teams that moved didn’t do that but I also understand that MLB has corrected that.

      • 32and53fan says:

        For years, I thought that the Angels and Minnesota Twins were the expansion teams in 1961. Finally I realized that the Washington Senators moved to the Twin Cities with a new name.
        The expansion team Senators later moved to Arlington and became the Texas Rangers.

  6. crash24now says:

    The Dodgers have announced their NLDS Roster:

    Starting pitchers (4): Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dan Haren

    Relief pitchers (8): Pedro Baez, Scott Elbert, Carlos Frias, J.P. Howell, Brandon League, Kenley Jansen, Brian Wilson, Jamey Wright

    Starting lineup (8): A.J. Ellis, Adrian Gonzalez, Dee Gordon, Hanley Ramirez, Juan Uribe, Carl Crawford, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp

    Reserves (5): Drew Butera, Andre Ethier, Miguel Rojas, Justin Turner, Scott Van Slyke

    • crash24now says:

      Two big surprises:

      1. Scott Elbert is in and Paco Rodriquez is out. That’s amazing, given the limited time that Elbert has been back out on the mound after such a long time out.

      2. Carlos Frias is in (as a long reliever in case Ryu is not “on”?). Darwin Barney is out – so much for the speculated “lock-out” defense in the late innings.

      After Frias’ blow-up against the Rockies, I’m frankly shocked to see him on the roster.

      • crash24now says:

        Clearly we need more than one lefty in the bullpen. But who to pick?

        Paco pitched only fourteen innings this year, but had a stellar first season in 2013 until he burned out in September 2013.

        Elbert pitched only four innings this year, after missing the entire 2013 season.

  7. crash24now says:

    No surprises in today’s lineup. Go Dodgers!

  8. kahliforni says:

    Surprised with Elbert and Frias, but not Baez. Whatever. The Dodgers are jot going to win a championship relying on this bullpen, anyway. If Kershaw, Greinke, et al, can’t get to at least the 7th inning and beyond, look out!!!!

  9. crash24now says:

    I’m looking forward to the Showdown at OK Corral: Kershaw vs. Wainwright. May the best man win.

  10. lbirken says:

    For those who yearn for daytime baseball, especially at playoff/WS time, today is your day with three of the four games played in daylight.

    So what will it be? Will the Dodgers bring the intensity and focus needed to win what should be close games? Who will step up? Will the much maligned bullpen be able to avoid walks and get the holds needed to give the team a chance to win? Can Puig control himself at the plate and in the field? Will Hanley finally make his push for a new contract and make everyone forget last season? Will people stop talking about retaliation for what happened to Hanley against the Cards last year? Let’s hope so.

    • crash24now says:

      Will Dee be able to run on Molina?

      Will Gonzo be our butter n egg man in the playoffs?

      Will Kemp hit a homer every other game, like it seemed he was doing in September?

      Will Crawford continue to be hot?

      Will Uribe come through in the clutch like he did in the 2013 NLDS, teaching Donnie to not tell him to bunt?

  11. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Whoda’heck is Randal Grichuk?

  12. lbirken says:

    Wow, a home run off Kershaw by this guy? Not a good way to start.

  13. crash24now says:

    Two on two out for HanRam the Man.

  14. lbirken says:

    I am listening to the radio (no Fox Sports2 or MLB) and Vin said the ball almost hit Hanley. But Hanley cannot respond with a base hit and the Dodgers leave the tying run on third.

  15. lbirken says:

    The Giants find a way to win their game.

  16. crash24now says:

    We’re gettin’ the hits, we just gotta get some runs.

  17. crash24now says:

    HanRam ties it up.

  18. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Hanley makes it a brand new game.

  19. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Waydago CC.

  20. lbirken says:

    Problem solved for the moment.

  21. zonadodger says:

    Go Dodgers

  22. 32and53fan says:

    Great aggressive baserunning by Hanley put himself in position to score by the hot hitting Carl Crawford.

    Wainwright has his curve working today. It looks impossible to hit. So does Kershaw. It seems like one way to counter Wainwright’s curve with two strikes is to guess that it’s coming and take the pitch. Of course, then he would probably change the eye level and come up and in.

  23. crash24now says:

    Puig brings in run #3

  24. lbirken says:

    Terrific at bat from Puig.

  25. lbirken says:

    Got your 4 runs, crash.

  26. oldbrooklynfan says:

    So far, so good.

  27. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I liked that AB by CC.

  28. oldbrooklynfan says:

    AJ wooooooooooooooooooooooooooh

  29. lbirken says:

    Turn on the bubble machine!

  30. trublu4ever says:

    I’m loving this!

  31. nedisajerk says:

    Carl Crawford’s postseason hitting streak reaches 11, a Dodgers franchise record. Tops Bill Russell (’78)

  32. 32and53fan says:

    I’m loving that the Dodgers are firing on all cylinders. They are all healthy and the lineup is tough for opposing pitchers from top to bottom. I hope they can keep it going.

  33. oldbrooklynfan says:

    OH-OH

  34. oldbrooklynfan says:

    This doesn’t look good.

  35. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Kershaw looks like he lost it.

  36. lbirken says:

    Who could ever see this coming?

  37. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Unbelievable.

  38. griz says:

    Shitty, Shitty, SHIT pitch calling. Fast ball after fastball and those assholes are putting good swings on them. Still more fastballs. This is a game that was in hand and is getting away. Stupid, stupid, stupid baseball.

    • Dodger4life says:

      Kershaw must not of had confidence in his curve-ball, especially with runners in scoring position…He was also up in the strike zone with his other pitches…It looked like he was doing his best. Today, his best just wasn’t good enough!

  39. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I find it hard to think of anything to say.

  40. oldbrooklynfan says:

    They clobbered us needless to say.

  41. 32and53fan says:

    WTF! I was watching time delayed and paused it to use the bathroom with Dodgers up 6-1. Then I checked with Game Day and the Cards were winning 7-6. Now it’s 10-6.
    How can this happen with Kershaw on the mound? With a meltdown like that, Mattingly would have yanked any other pitcher. Ellis and Kershaw should have admitted that he lost his command.

  42. messagebear says:

    Fire Mattingly and clean the house!

  43. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Like anything else they just have to put it behind them and keep chugging along. Especially Kershaw, he has to just forget it.

  44. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Good Going AGon. 10-8.

  45. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Great clutch hit by Ethier.

  46. oldbrooklynfan says:

    DON”T GIVE UP!!!!!

  47. koufax1963 says:

    wow that hurts, group therapy might help. kershaw? what happened? Now the dodgers have a challenge!

  48. Dodger4life says:

    Come out fighting again tomorrow!!

  49. Dodger4life says:

    I found a place to watch the game…I ended up driving 650 miles…but I found a place!!

  50. oldbrooklynfan says:

    These postseasons are not getting any easier put there’s only one thing to do, keep trying.

  51. kahliforni says:

    Gordon looked like he was gonna wet his pants all night. In real time, I was OK with Kershaw pitching to Carpenter, so I can’t blame Donnie. Ned, however, is a boob for assembling such a woeful bullpen that you have to fry your starting pitcher.

  52. griz says:

    I still think it was crappy pitch selection in the seventh that did Kershaw in. The cards are in the playoffs for a reason. After going through the order a couple of times, getting a couple of at bats, seeing nothing but fastballs, and there she goes. Kershaw had the ball, Ellis is calling the game, Mattingly and Honeycutt are right there, I mean WTF? I’ll say it again, it was just plain STUPID!!!! And what makes it worse, these four are our guys.

  53. kahliforni says:

    Maybe I’m all alone here, but with no TV this year, I feel a real disconnect from these Dodgers. I was actually not devastated with yesterday’s loss…which would have been unheard a few short years ago. This week I watched a replay of the Kings’ Game 7 victory in Chicago last June to propel them into the Stanley Cup Finals. Talk about a team of sheer will, comaraderie, and never-say-die attitude. Does that flavor resonate with these Dodgers?

  54. messagebear says:

    The no-TV status alienates me as well. To top that off, I’d now have to get FoxSports1 even to get to see them in the playoffs. I know the playoff coverage decision might belong with MLB, but I’m just so turned off with the whole Guggenheim, McCourt, and Selig duplicity that I think the whole Dodger experience any longer is a sham. You’d like to see them win something with a $240 million payroll – if not this year, when? Another two years and more than half of this year’s team won’t be around anyway,

  55. Dodger4life says:

    Let’s Go Dodgers, Let’s Go!!!

  56. oldbrooklynfan says:

    They’re gonna need more than a 5 run lead before I relax tonight.

  57. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Gordon puts us on the board.

  58. nedisajerk says:

    Mark Saxon @markasaxon

    Zack Greinke once told A.J. Ellis if he were a GM he would trade him for a Double-A pitcher and sign Brian McCann.

  59. Dodger4life says:

    Two Big Ones!!!

  60. oldbrooklynfan says:

    4 more innings.

  61. crash24now says:

    Go Go Greinke 2 for 2!!!

  62. oldbrooklynfan says:

    3 innings.

  63. nedisajerk says:

    They need to stop showing Paul because this is a Lakers/Dodgers town and I bet 90% are Dodgers/Lakers fans. Stern should be the one with the booed for vetoing the Lakers trade and totally messing up the Lakers plan.

  64. crash24now says:

    Two on, no outs. Go Dodgers! Go Rally!

  65. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Giants win and take it home.

  66. 32and53fan says:

    The hated ones just beat the Nat in the 18th inning.

  67. oldbrooklynfan says:

    2 innings to go.

  68. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Great job by Greinke.

  69. crash24now says:

    Bullpen is in. Crossing my fingers.

  70. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I was counting the innings, that’s all that mattered to me. I kept hoping they could hold the Cards at bay, but they couldn’t.

  71. crash24now says:

    Whoops, I guess crossing the fingers doesn’t work so good.

  72. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Hanging on.

  73. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Yeah MATTY.

  74. oldbrooklynfan says:

    And it doesn’t get any easier, folks.

  75. trublu4ever says:

    Whew!

  76. Dodger4life says:

    Nice Win
    .
    Gotta keep winning until we reach the Big Win!!

  77. crash24now says:

    Next up – Ryu on Monday!

  78. Dodger4life says:

    Ryu is a tough competitor…wasn’t the come-back game after the injury last time, the one where he took a shut-out/ no-no, deep into the game??

    • crash24now says:

      That was the second game after the injury. In the first game after the injury, he gave up nine hits and two runs in six innings.

  79. griz says:

    Thank you, Kemp and Greinke! After Friday’s fiasco and TCU exposing my Sooners, another loss last night would have been no fun at all.

  80. griz says:

    Has anyone ever seen Greinke crack a smile?

  81. koufax1963 says:

    Greinke smiled during the 17-0 rout of the gnats, hit an HR in that won, I believe. This BP has got to fix itself between Now and Monday, I would have hoped for two complete games from Kersh and Zack, but that is dreaming, wont even consider it for Ryu, so the JPs, Baez, Wilson and anybody else pitching vs the Cards had better get the killer instinct going. Im sick of the Cards taking the dodgers down in post season. The great dodger in the sky must look over Busch Stadium now.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      I notice the BP has it’s ups and downs. Sometimes it’s going good and then sometimes it’s going bad. Since it’s been going bad lately, not counting our closer, I hoping it starts going good again. It better, we don’t have that much time left, this year.

  82. nedisajerk says:

    This is just crazy people just can’t enjoy the game without any problem at all. Look like they might need more security at Angels Stadium.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/fan-in-critical-condition-after-beating-in-angel-stadium-parking-lot-friday-205024890.html

  83. lbirken says:

    Won’t need more security in Anaheim until next season. The darlings of the AL are gone in three games.

  84. JhallWally says:

    Well, at least we are still alive…. For the record, I think Dildon screwed up Friday night. Given Carpenters success against Kersh in the past, you need to bring in another pitcher… It was obvious by that point that Kersh was done…. Personally, I would have brought in Jansen to put out the fire… Sometimes, closing is not all about just the ninth inning… Games are won or lost earlier.. JMO……..

  85. JhallWally says:

    Thank you Grienke….. You basically made the game Dildon proof….

    • kahliforni says:

      Thank you, Kemp. As much as Donnie is a dolt as a manager, Ned’s work to create the current “arson squad” bullpen should merit him a ticket out of town.

      • JhallWally says:

        I totally agree… Ned should have been gone years ago… I thought the Jason Schmidt signing should have gotten him the door…

  86. griz says:

    Is just me or is MLB kind of screwy starting the game on the west coast first. Must have something to do with squeezing an extra dollar out somewhere.

  87. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I was planning on watching tonight’s game, this afternoon or in the early evening since it’s in St. Louis with my follow Dodger fan from Manhattan, TrueblueWill but unfortunately they scheduled it for 9:07PM ET. The game will end around 1 or 2 in the morning, so I might a well stay home to watch it, hoping maybe Tuesday will have a better starting time..

  88. koufax1963 says:

    It seems that today only the dodgers get the late start, 6PM PST. If the Gnats fail to win today, then Tuesday the Dodgers get the early start 2PM? PST and the Gnat/Nats will get the late game slot 6PM? on Tuesday. Dont understand it as the geography of the situation is unchanged.

  89. kahliforni says:

    With the AL now a match-up between royal blue and black&orange, I’m hoping the NL follows suit.

    • Dodger4life says:

      Kahli, I too am hoping for the same outcome…Not because I think it is the easiest route to the series…but simply because for me it’s the most fun.
      .
      I have been watching the NLDS with Nelly and her husband…who is a great guy…and we’ve been trading sentiments for our teams the whole time…
      .
      Now, Let’s Go Dodgers, Let’s Go!!
      .
      I believe Nelly…just wants the Giants to go away!!

  90. crash24now says:

    Go Go Dodgers!

    I’m looking for a Ryu double followed by a Gordon triple tonight!

  91. lbirken says:

    I too do not always understand the start times for these games. As I have said many times before, the start times are certainly not for the convenience of the players or the fans attending the games in person. I suppose the goal is to get as many TV viewers as possible in “prime time” so at least with the first round, someone is going to be inconvenienced. The other issue is putting games on MLB network which not everyone gets.

    • 32and53fan says:

      The scheduling Is controlled by TV networks.

      • crash24now says:

        That was fine back in the old days when the networks were ABC, NBC, and CBS. But now, it’s like playing Keno or some such game – Cable and it’s on MLB or on Fox Sports 1 or SNLA or TBS, etc etc.

        It’s the national past time and it’s the post season. Let us see the games.

  92. griz says:

    Giants and nats were originally schedules on tbs, but were taken off. I guess they are on mlb. The giants fan over here is not happy. I’ve got to say this is getting old.

  93. 32and53fan says:

    Merced’s own Doug Fister led the Nationals to a 4-1 win over the Giants.

    Don Mattingly announced Kershaw for game 4, and Greinke for game 5, if needed.

  94. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Well here we go..

  95. oldbrooklynfan says:

    It looks like they have Puig’s number, he’s just going to have to adjust.

  96. Dodger4life says:

    Missed opportunity #1

  97. lbirken says:

    Talking about TV issues, Fox sports1 HD feed not working on HD cable box. Watching on non HD tv.

  98. oldbrooklynfan says:

    There’s no stopping this guy.

  99. Dodger4life says:

    Big Guns Time!!

  100. lbirken says:

    Puig can hit the ball! Now can be score?

  101. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Thank You Hanley

  102. lbirken says:

    Those strike outs on pitches in the dirt!

  103. nedisajerk says:

    Oh that Dale Scott behind the plate no wonder.

  104. 32and53fan says:

    Nice job by Ryu.

  105. Dodger4life says:

    Get-R-Done!!
    Bench Buns!!

  106. nedisajerk says:

    Good job Ryu but blah at Carpenter.

  107. lbirken says:

    Now it is up to the bullpen and not a good start.

  108. lbirken says:

    Let the second guessing begin.

  109. oldbrooklynfan says:

    No bullpen.

  110. koufax1963 says:

    sorry but why is Haren on the roster? This is when we really do something different, not our BP, haren for 3 innings. Donnie Wake up!!!

  111. Dodger4life says:

    It’s not just the bullpen in this series. Anyone who throws the ball up in the strike zone against these Cardinals…is getting ripped!
    .
    Keep the ball down and keep them off balance!!

  112. lbirken says:

    Nice play by Howell to end the inning.

  113. oldbrooklynfan says:

    J.P. almost lost his manhood.

  114. lbirken says:

    At least they made it interesting in the ninth. Just not to be.

  115. zonadodger says:

    Wow…There she blows….IDK folks

  116. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Maybe Kershaw can make a series of this.

  117. lbirken says:

    Normally I would feel confident with Kershaw on the mound in a must win game but all things considered, not this time.

  118. kahliforni says:

    Beautiful microcosm of the entire season: great starting pitching, horrid bullpen, hitters clueless with runners in scoring position, hitters unable to hit quality starting pitching. Funny about the expression cream rising to the top. Hanley Ramirez hitting .545 in the playoffs……(so’s Ellis, but that’s an aberration?!?!?!?!?!?!). Still, Ramirez may be dinged all the time…and he may be moody…and his defense is fading…but the guy is a professional hitter.

  119. koufax1963 says:

    this isnt over, we can and must win tomorrow. This BP is not to be trusted. Kershaw for all, and if not, haren. GO DODGERS!

  120. lbirken says:

    The “homers” on Sportsnet L.A. tv post game show were pretty hard on Mattingly about bringing in Elbert.

    • kahliforni says:

      Same with the radio boys, Kennedy and Monday. Questioning why Dodger lefty relievers are pumping fastballs, not off speed, questioning a lack of running game against a very deliberate Lackey. Elbert, as well, having pitched to minimal guys the past two years. But as we skewer Donnie, let’s not forget Ned’s season-long paralysis in adding any worthy parts to the mix, let alone the bullpen.

  121. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The only hope is for Kershaw to pitch well tomorrow and bring it back to LA. but this bullpen may prevent it.

  122. griz says:

    The entire season considered, last night’s result is hardly surprising.

  123. JhallWally says:

    Kudos to Ryu… He did his job…. The offense once again sucked, along with Powell… Unacceptable….. Ned built this bullpen… And, it sucks…… Please. fire Ned…. Get a GM with a clue…..

  124. koufax1963 says:

    Im tired of excuses for the play on the field, This BP cannot execute, not once this series has the BP (except KJ) done a 123.
    The thing that is really mind blowing is Donnie’s insistence of doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Kershaw was getting smashed in Game 1 and he left him in, understood, Clayton is the best arm dodgers have, but didnt he see that Kershaw doesnt allow that many hits in row without being gased. Game 2 was saved by Matt Kemp, thank you donnie for not messing that up. Game 3 Ryu should of stayed in until red bird scoring situation was possible.
    If he got through the 7th, even better, and when a hitter is hot it doesn’t matter much about lefty righty match ups, ask Carpenter and Wong. And the whole story about Haren getting ready for game 4, or he will be ready to support game 3, None of that talk happened, and I actually supported that plan, Haren is better, couldn’t be worse; than the Baez, JP, Wilson, Elbert, etc that would of and has been brought in to the games already. and now Donnie puts Kershaw up again, on short rest, and hoping he gives us 5, 6 innings, and then will Haren emerge. and if we need some late inning artillary will Turner go in for Dee, wil SVS go in for Puig and Juan Uribe where are you?
    NO excuses, play hard, execute efficiently, score early and score often and dont let the goofs happen, that includes mattingly.

    • crash24now says:

      I couldn’t have said it any better, Koufax. I hope we get more than 5-6 innings from Clayton. I hope Donnie opens his eyes and at least moves Puig from #2 to #6 in the order. Put Hanley back up to #2.

      • koufax1963 says:

        Honestly, I was about to sit Puig (as if I could, but I play MGR here in a fantasy dream), then he hit the triple, so perhaps he has turned a corner of strike out futility, so I give him another chance, but this back upon the wall baseball here, those that deliver play, so Dee, Uribe, crawford, puig and gonzo are all on notice. and yes I will use Greinke as a pinch hitter over butera

  125. oldbrooklynfan says:

    If the bullpen is as bad as it has been, we’re cooked unless Clayton and Zack pitch complete games. Somehow my only hope is that this NLDS makes a turn for the best, like someone (other ten KJ) comes out of the ‘pen and actually has a good outing.
    I stick to the firm belief that what has happened in the past will have no connection on what will happen next in this NLDS.
    If we can’t predict wins, we can’t predict loses either.

    • koufax1963 says:

      OBF in spirit I believe, but stats tell another story, I believe there is carry over from one game to the next and how that manifests is perhaps predictable. History is a reliable predictor of future behavior. One thing that I have observed is this Dodgers team does not give up, they have got stuff going on in the 9th in both of the losses, one hit away from turning it around. And Matt Kemp said with his 8th inning HR, “we will not lose this!”
      So Surprise me Dodgers, break the chain of Kershaw being the post season poster child for Melt down pitcher, of a lousy BP, of allstar players not producing allstar results, of the sloppy fielding, poor baserunning and not getting lead off runners scoring with RBIs, and mostly of questionable managerial actions.
      and if you can do that today Dodgers, then shock me in good way, and do it one more time to these Cardinals on Thursday. GO DODGERS! We agree on that!

  126. crash24now says:

    For trublu4ever:

    Gordon 2B
    Crawford LF
    Gonzalez 1B
    Kemp RF
    Ramirez SS
    Ethier CF
    Uribe 3B
    Ellis C
    Kershaw P

    I think Dre will respond like there is no tomorrow…well, because there is no tomorrow. We gotta get this one.

  127. lbirken says:

    I also am tired of hearing the same excuses or complaints about Donnie, Ned, Guggenheim, the players, umpires, media, etc. The fact is this team has not been a “clutch” team all season but has managed to be successful in a number of “must win” games. For whatever reason, this team has had problems scoring runs and at times, even struggles when it does score what should be enough to win most games, such as what happened in game 1 of this series. For whatever reason the bullpen has been ineffective. All I can say now is it is telling that Kershaw was announced as today’s pitcher before yesterday’s game, with Donnie now saying this was the plan all along.

    It seems only a short time ago the Dodgers started the season in Australia. Hopefully it does not end today. At least Donnie has decided to sit Puig and give Ethier an opportunity. Puig still has a long way to go in becoming a superstar.

  128. griz says:

    Interesting lineup change. We’ve got a couple of guys that are due, our best pitcher going for us, and I’m betting the baseball gods have scripted something good for Ethier.

  129. griz says:

    games just starting and I feel Kershaw is going to have to attack the strike zone with more breaking balls than usual so he can extend his start as long as possible. I think he’ll be forced to go after the cards to keep the bull pen out of it as much as possible.

  130. crash24now says:

    Game within the game: The war of strikeouts is on, and the score:

    Kershaw 3
    Miller 2

  131. crash24now says:

    Rally-killing GIDP by Hanley. (No, Steve Lyons, a home run is not a rally-killer.)

  132. crash24now says:

    Ethier delivers a walk instead of a K

  133. koufax1963 says:

    Great and timely Double play, Nice work by HanRam-Dee. Now lets go get some runs!! Yes even AJ and Kersh can hit!

  134. crash24now says:

    AJ still hitting like a madman, let’s get him around.

  135. koufax1963 says:

    hmmm, almost thinking turners bat in for dee glove, hmmm need hitters to hit

  136. crash24now says:

    Good job, Kershaw, working out of a small jam in the 4th.

  137. koufax1963 says:

    technical question: pitching in the stretch or out of it, wouldnt you use your preferred pitching style with only one runner on third, steal Home?

  138. crash24now says:

    Let’s get this offense started!!!!!!

  139. zonadodger says:

    Here’s your chance boys…we need runs

  140. crash24now says:

    Kemp GIDP, but a run is a run. Dodgers 1-0!!!!!!!!!

  141. crash24now says:

    Uribe brings in the second run!!!!!!

  142. zonadodger says:

    Ok 2 runs….Pretty sure we need more lol

  143. zonadodger says:

    Honestly i dnt feel comfy with just 2

  144. crash24now says:

    I am sweating over possible bullpen usage!

  145. griz says:

    Right. Two isn’t enough.

  146. zonadodger says:

    Jansen only one i trust right now lol

  147. crash24now says:

    Kershaw going out there again in the seventh.

  148. crash24now says:

    Two out rally time!

  149. zonadodger says:

    come on Kershaw

  150. zonadodger says:

    Damn

  151. crash24now says:

    Ouch

  152. messagebear says:

    Kershaw – not Mr. October.
    Mattingly – not Mr. Playoff anytime.

  153. 32and53fan says:

    Unbelievable! Kershaw hangs a curve right in the middle of the plate. Why didn’t he keep the ball low and away with a slider? I guess he just got tired and lost his command. They can still win, but it won’t be easy.

  154. crash24now says:

    Kemp, Ramirez, Ethier – come on guys, get it right back!

  155. zonadodger says:

    Can um all

  156. messagebear says:

    There ought to be heads rolling down Chavez Ravine for a month!

    Anyway, I have another team in blue that I’ll be rooting for in the playoffs.

  157. crash24now says:

    I am simply stunned that there’s nobody Donnie trusts in the bullpen besides Baez and Jansen; so much so that Baez has to pitch a second inning.

  158. lbirken says:

    Hard to believe the same thing has happened again in this series. Dodger hitters cannot come up with the big hit (except for Kemp’s HR, at least so far) while the Cardinal hitters just seem to find their stroke at the right time. And watching Ethier, of all people, get caught off third is just more icing falling off the cake.

  159. koufax1963 says:

    OK Lets Score some runs! Go Dodgers!

  160. zonadodger says:

    Hopefully bye bye Ned and Donnie etc etc

  161. messagebear says:

    Bunch of millionaire CHOKING BASTARDS!

    I’m glad somebody put them out of their misery.
    This is not a team.
    The Guggenheims are a bunch of filthy rich owners who don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground. I hope the bastards choke on their franchise.

    Mattingly and Ned – what can one say?

    • JhallWally says:

      I totally agree….. Choke on it Guggs…. As far as Dildon and Nedcompoop, all I can say is, Why in the fuck are they both still here……. This assemblage of players,(I will not call at team because they are just a bunch of overpaid primadonnas), it is pathetic…

  162. messagebear says:

    Can one really swear on a day like this?

    All a bunch of cocksuckers!

  163. kahliforni says:

    World Series or bust? OK, bust. Bust it up. Time to move on from the Ned/Donnie era…which has netted exactly nothing. Time for a new voice in the dugout and new vision in the GM’s box. To stand pat is an exercise in fear of change; Kemp, Kershaw, Greinke, Gonzales, et al. aren’t getting any younger.

  164. griz says:

    It must be acceptable to swear under these circumstances. I know I’ve been doing my share. Going to be a lllllloooonnngg winter. And if that shitty little dog next door barks one more time I’m going for my Colt.

    • messagebear says:

      Thanks for the laugh!

    • 32and53fan says:

      Jon Weisman’s old blog had strict anti – profanity policies. I don’t know if the official Dodger blog allows adult conversation. The Dodger’s never censored Lasorda though. He is probably saying “Clayton fucking Kershaw…greatest fucking pitcher in the world, had a season for the fucking ages. But in the fucking post-fucking-season, he fucking chokes like a fucking cocksucker… not once, but two fucking times. All he had to do was keep the fucking ball down in the zone, but he hangs the motherfucking curve ball right in the middle of the fucking plate!”

  165. koufax1963 says:

    Did not think the Dodgers would end at the div series. one game thats it, what a fizzle to a otherwise satisfying season. Many Memories of this season I take with me as “cherished”. yet kershaw has a post season moniker that will be discussed during next years playoffs, Be faithful always, even with the issues that need to be addressed for improvement, which have been so eloquently and overtly discussed by Fans at this wonderful Outside the Dodgers! Wait till next year!

  166. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I watched the game with TrueBlueWil, my buddy from the TBLA blog, from a restaurant in Manhattan which we’ve done several times before when the Dodgers are in the postseason. We have a losing streak dating back to 2009 but we believe in the law of averages.

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