Dodgers Open NLDS in Nation’s Capital

The Dodgers open the NLDS this afternoon at 2:38 PM PST at National’s Park as describe the role of enzymes in hydrolysis and dehydration essay https://carlgans.org/report/check-similarity-essay/7/ testosterone booster while on propecia get link writing a essayВ http://ww2.prescribewellness.com/onlinerx/ktra-viagra-najlepsza/30/ https://www.mitforumcambridge.org/multiple/1984-critical-essay/2/ samples of home health care resume qualitative essay writing source antithesis but nor yet cialis ohne rezept sicher kaufen here go essay sweepstakes 2011 Buy discount cialis levitra premont potato powered light bulb hypothesis https://idahohighcountry.org/college/actual-supply-in-business-plan/30/ online homework service https://teleroo.com/pharm/government-funding-viagra/67/ free interior design business plan essay first language acquisition source site grounds worker cover letter guide for thesis proposal automobile research papers https://pharmacy.chsu.edu/pages/reddit-essay-writing-service/45/ efectos de la viagra en jovenes can i take claritin with viagra http://mechajournal.com/alumni/alps-homework-help/12/ generic cialis by cipla Clayton Kershaw will counter right hander Max Scherzer in the opening game of the five game playoff series. The rest of the pitching match-ups for the next two games have been announced. Rich Hill will take the mound for the Dodgers in game 2, and Washington will start Tanner Roark. In game 3, Kenta Maeda gets the call as the Nationals will counter with left hander Gio Gonzalez. The Dodgers officially released their NLDS roster this morning.

Dodgers NLDS Roster

Pitchers (11)                                                    Position Players (14)

LHP Luis Avilan                                               C/IF Austin Barnes

RHP Pedro Baez                                               IF Charlie Culberson

RHP Joe Blanton                                              OF Andre Ethier (L)

LHP Grant Dayton                                            1B Adrián González (L)

RHP Josh Fields                                                C Yasmani Grandal (S)

LHP Rich Hill                                                   IF/OF Howie Kendrick

RHP Kenley Jansen                                          OF Joc Pederson (L)

LHP Clayton Kershaw                                     OF Yasiel Puig

RHP Kenta Maeda                                            OF Josh Reddick (L)

RHP Ross Stripling                                          C Carlos Ruiz

LHP Julio Urías                                                SS Corey Seager (L)

OF Andrew Toles (L)

3B Justin Turner

2B Chase Utley (L)

There were a few surprises but all in all nothing shocking. The Dodgers will carry 11 pitchers and 14 position players. Andrew Toles (who will be starting today in left field), and Andre Ethier made the cut in the outfield. Rookies Julio Urias and Ross Stripling made the roster as well on the pitching side. The Dodgers will go with left handers Luis Avilan and Grant Dayton in the bullpen along with Season long stalwarts Joe Blanton, Pedro Baez, and closer Kenley Jansen.

Dodgers Lineup @ Washington-Game 1 NLDS

Clayton Kershaw-12-4 vs. Max Scherzer-20-7

Game Time – 2:39 PM – TV- FS1

As you know the Dodgers won five out of six against the Nationals in the regular season. Kershaw defeated the Nationals back on June 20 as he tossed seven one-run innings and struck out 8. Kershaw has always pitched well against the Nationals. In 13 career starts against Washington Kershaw has a 10-2 record with a 2.02 ERA and 104 strikeouts against just 17 walks. At National’s Park he is 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 5 career starts. Kershaw finished 12-4 with a 1.69 ERA in 21 starts during the regular season. He struck out 172 and walked only 11 in 149 innings pitched. He posted a 0.7 WHIP and allowed just 5.9 hits per nine innings pitched.

Kershaw vs. Nationals

Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Jayson Werth 39 35 10 0 0 2 2 4 12 .286 .359 .457 .816 0 0 0 0 1
Ryan Zimmerman 24 22 7 1 0 0 1 1 2 .318 .333 .364 .697 0 1 0 0 0
Stephen Drew 19 17 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 .059 .158 .059 .217 0 0 0 1 0
Daniel Murphy 19 19 6 0 0 2 3 0 1 .316 .316 .632 .947 0 0 0 0 1
Chris Heisey 18 16 3 2 0 0 0 0 6 .188 .278 .313 .590 0 0 0 2 0
Danny Espinosa 17 17 2 1 0 0 0 0 8 .118 .118 .176 .294 0 0 0 0 1
Anthony Rendon 16 16 5 0 0 0 1 0 3 .313 .313 .313 .625 0 0 0 0 0
Bryce Harper 15 15 1 0 0 1 1 0 10 .067 .067 .267 .333 0 0 0 0 0
Wilson Ramos 12 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 .167 .167 .167 .333 0 0 0 0 0
Jose Lobaton 9 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .111 .000 .111 0 0 0 0 1
Michael Taylor 9 9 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 .333 .333 .556 .889 0 0 0 0 0
Mat Latos 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500 0 0 0 0 1
Yusmeiro Petit 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .333 .500 .333 .833 0 0 0 0 0
Clint Robinson 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .333 .333 .333 .667 0 0 0 0 0
Max Scherzer 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Blake Treinen 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 212 200 44 6 0 5 8 8 63 .220 .259 .325 .584 0 1 0 3 5

 

I’m not worried about Kershaw. I am worried about the Dodger hitters getting anything against Max Scherzer. The right hander won 20 games during the regular season, finishing with a 20-7 record and a 2.96 ERA. He struck out 284, walked 56 and allowed 6.5 hits per nine innings pitched. The one weakness he has is that he can be homer prone. Scherzer allowed 31 home runs in 228.1 innings pitched. The Dodgers did not face him this season. Scherzer is 2-4 with a 3.29 ERA in 8 career starts against the Dodgers. Scherzer has a career 3.73 ERA in the postseason.

Scherzer vs. Dodgers

Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Adrian Gonzalez 28 26 5 1 0 0 1 2 4 .192 .250 .231 .481 0 0 0 0 1
Andre Ethier 26 24 8 2 0 1 3 2 3 .333 .385 .542 .926 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Reddick 17 17 5 0 1 0 2 0 8 .294 .294 .412 .706 0 0 0 0 0
Howie Kendrick 15 14 5 1 0 0 1 1 3 .357 .400 .429 .829 0 0 0 0 0
Chase Utley 11 10 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 .200 .273 .400 .673 0 0 0 0 0
Carlos Ruiz 8 8 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .125 .125 .125 .250 0 0 0 0 0
Yasiel Puig 6 6 2 1 1 0 0 0 3 .333 .333 .833 1.167 0 0 0 0 1
Yasmani Grandal 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 1 0 0 0 0
Joc Pederson 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Clayton Kershaw 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Justin Turner 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 0 1 0 0 0
Total 119 109 29 7 2 1 9 7 26 .266 .308 .394 .702 2 1 0 0 2

That’s about it for now. It’s make or break time for the Dodgers. The percentages tell us that the club that wins the first game of the division series goes on to win the series more than 80% of the time. So winning this first game is very important for the Dodgers.

Go Blue!

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51 thoughts on “Dodgers Open NLDS in Nation’s Capital

  1. The moment of truth has arrived. Now we will see if FAZ’s moves pay off with a trip to the NLCS and then the series, or if as in the last 3 years, Dodger fans are foiled again.

    1. Dave never has won as a manager….it is a whole different ball game between managing and playing. DM has a different style, and he had a different kind of team. The Dodgers 2013 and 14 were power based. With guys through out the lineup who had a lot of power. This team is a scratch it out bunch. They have better defense, but DM had much better starting pitching and in my opinion some bad luck. Especially when Ramirez was knocked out of the St Louis series with a broken rib. DM also suffered from a mediocre bullpen.

      1. Michael
        To be a lifetime Yankee, and never be on a World Series team, is really hard to do.

        At least Roberts knows how it feels to be on a world champion team.

        Mattingly had a decent bullpen, in one of those years, but he isn’t good at bullpen management either.

        We just disagree, but I still like you, and value your opinon.

        1. Actually I don’t think Donnie’s Yankee teams even made the playoffs! Those were the down years for them, prior to Jeter/Rivera/Bernie, etc coming up. Donnie was at the end of his career when that group came up.

          Meanwhile, Game3 Monday is at 1pm. Game 4 Tuesday 2pm

          1. Only 1 year 1995 Donnie’s final season. And almost won in 5 games but Edgar Martinez sank them

        2. Not during the time Mattingly played. The Yankees were not that good a team. So it was not hard at all to not make it to the series. As far as his bullpen, he had no real set up guy to get the ball to Jansen. Roberts was a bench guy when he made it to the series with the Red Sox. Playing on a world series team makes no difference. Walter Alston had 1 major league at bat, and he struck out. Yet he won 4 series as a manager. Casey Stengal managed a succession of bad teams before he became the Yankee manager. Bruce Bochy managed the Padres and won nothing there……It is pretty much luck, and being in the right place at the right time. Alston became the Dodger manager simply because Charlie Dressen, who had won back to back pennants in 52-53 demanded a multi year contract, and O’Malley fired him instead.

  2. This will sound nit picky and trivial but why is Grandals catchers vest trimmed in red? Other than the numbers nothing is red on their uniform. It looks like he borrowed it from the Mets. I know Piazza had one for a year or so trimmed in red. AJ never had red trim.
    Sorry but it bugs me.
    I know….. Move on.
    Terrible throw by Toles though

  3. this guy cannot do it in October.

    As with the regular season, the pen will have to bring this home. Let’s hope we can get a few more runs

  4. Kershaw was overthrowing all game. When he’s hitting 95 and 96, he’s too amped and it’s why he couldn’t throw a slider to save his life. Didn’t like hitting for Toles at all. Should have let Toles hit and then you still have Kendrick for Utley if you need him. Also, weakens our defense.

  5. Hawk, agree with everything you said.

    Charlie Culberson may have saved the game with that play. That was this close to runner on 3rd and 1 out . Wow

  6. I hope go to Kenley this early works. Baez was doing fine and Avilan was still in the pen. Thought they may use him for 4 outs. A little surprised by 5.

    1. well the 5th out was 1 pitch, so no biggie really

      But he has the top of the order to face next. Time to take some bp meds!

    1. Hawkeye
      I agree with everything you said, and especially taking Toles out, because of defense, and Howie isn’t hitting that well, to chance it on defense.

      Howie needs to be more patient, but he swings at first pitch again.

      I hope he can start hitting, but he now has a lower average against lefties, then righties.

  7. Gotta love it right?

    I think MJ brought it up in the other thread. That’s how the team is built. Get at least five from the starter, then a variety of different arms and pitchers.

    rays did it a year ago.

  8. You meant KC. Yes, the awesome bullpen model makes a lot of sense. If the starter has it, ride him as long as possible, but if starter doesn’t, good to have lots of options

  9. Kenley and the rest of the bp guys were fantastic!

    This is the first time we’ve won a game 1 since 2013 Atl series. Finally!

    Now we can watch this giants/cubs game in peace. Time to pour some vodka!

  10. And really the only player that the Nationals didn’t have, was there starting catcher.

    I am suprised Dusty had Murphy running.

    I wouldn’t have chanced that, with my best hitter, just coming back.

  11. A couple debatable decisions by Doc but a gutsy win. Culberson being on the roster pays off tonight. Great play by Charlie!

  12. Show of hands. IF we get past the Nats, who wants SF (home field advatange) and who wants Chicago (road )?

    If it’s a done deal that we’re in the NLCS, then I want SF. Dodgers Giants NLCS is everything we all want, and it’d be the ultimate way to get to the World Series, by beating them! Yes, it’d also be the worst loss ever. I know as a Laker fan, losing to Boston in 08 was horrible, but beating them in 2010 was the most amazing feeling! 2010 meant way more than 2009

  13. I despise both the Giants and Cubs. I would rather hit against Cubs pitching but their lineup is deeper and they have a better closer.

    If they wind up playing SF I think Kike replaces Barnes on roster. Anyone know who else got sent to AZ to work with Kike.

        1. Hawkeye
          Sorry I probably remembered them going with the team, but I do think Kike, and everyone else that didn’t travel with the team, went with Kike to Arizona.

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