|(photo by Danny Moloshock/AP)|
Nolasco Appears to be the man tomorrow
All indications are that the Dodgers start Ricky Nolasco tomorrow night against Freddie Garcia. Never has there ever been a bigger game for the Dodger right hander. It should be awkward for Ricky who has gone about 10 days without a start and about a month since his last good one. Keep you eyes and ears pinned to the net for the latest news. Since the Dodger bullpen was used up today, if Nolasco falters, look for Chris Withrow to be called upon to pitch several innings.
Atlanta Defense is Lacking
The Braves defense has been pretty ugly. There was the error on the bunt and the thrown away toss to first when Adrian Gonzalez broke up the double play, but Evan Gattis in left field continues to play a pivotal role in this series. Gattis has cost his team some outs and provided the Dodgers a couple of extra bases due to his miscues or failure to get jumps pn fly balls hit his way. He also has botched backups and positioning himself correctly on caroms off the wall. There is no doubt that the guy has an offensive stick and he’s hitting well in the series, but at what price? His lack of defensive skills have played a big role in both the Dodger wins in this series.
For what it’s worth, in those LDS and LCS series in the past were the winner needed to win three of five, there have been 15 of those series that started with a split after two games. Of those 15 series, the team that won game three ended up winning the series 14 times. As a Dodger fan you have to feel very god about their chances with game four at home and then if game five is necessary, Clayton Kershaw takes the mound.
Who would have figured that the black and gold sports team that is dominating the headlines in Pittsburgh this October is not the Steelers, but the Pirates. That Pittsburgh team has a lot of fight in them, coming back after losing the lead twice today, and getting ahead with some clutch RBIs from old friend Russell Martin. That series is definitely not over, as St. Louis is probably the best team in the National League not named the Dodgers that remains in contention. But the Pirates have to be happy with their position right now.
Record Offensive Output
The thirteen runs today by the Dodgers was the highest scoring offensive performance by a Dodger team in post-season play in Los Angeles Dodgers history. That’s quite an accomplishment when you consider some of the fine offensive Dodger teams with the likes of Garvey, Reggie Smith, Cey, Guerrero, Baker and others. Scoring 13 in post-season play is real hard because the opponents are usually there because their pitching staffs are pretty good. So, consider what the Dodegrs did today and appreciate it. Kudos to the bats.
|Carl Crawford 3-run homer put the Dodgers ahead 4-2 in the second inning.(photo by Mark J. Terrill/AP)|
The fact that Atlanta knocked around Paco Rodriquez so much in the 9th that Mattingly felt the need to put in Kenley Jansen had to be something that they’ll look at tonight and feel good about. Obviously Mattingly didn’t want Withrow up to pitch because he’ll be considered the long man tomorrow. Schumaker was in center field, so Jansen was the man, throwing four pitches to retire Bryan McCann via strikeout. Jansen’s insertion into the game should not impact the possibility that he’ll be used tomorrow at all.