Hi, and welcome to another edition of
Game 3 review
Never since 1988 have the Dodgers been this close to the
One more win. OK, actually five more wins. But right now, let's just focus on one more win.
Before getting to the rest of Game 3, I want to talk a little about Ethier.
Remember who the Dodgers traded to get him?
Ethier is in his 12th season with the Dodgers and was a productive player until 2016, when he broke his leg in
This season he was fighting Andrew Toles and
Did you ever hear Ethier complain? No, he just quietly worked to get as healthy as he could be, and then sat on the bench, waiting for the Dodgers to call on him.
Dave Roberts finally called on him in Game 3, and in his first at-bat he homered to right, drawing the Dodgers even, 1-1. He singled later in the game.
It's an impressive performance for a 35-year-old who has rarely played since he was 33.
Here's the other important thing about Ethier. He is in the final season of his contract. He has played in 1,455 regular season games with the Dodgers. In L.A. Dodgers history, he is in the top 10 in home runs, games played, runs scored, hits, doubles, triples, RBIs and walks. He has had several dramatic walk-off hits. In short, one of the great L.A. Dodgers careers in history.
The next time you see him at Dodger Stadium could be the last time you see him in a Dodgers uniform. So when he comes up, stand up and applaud. He deserves it.
On to the rest of the game.
--Every time I look up, Yasiel Puig seems to be on base.
--TBS analyst Ron Darling seems to have an intense dislike of the Dodgers. I wonder why? Maybe someone still remembers Game 7 of the 1988 NLCS? The mighty New York Mets were favored to slaughter the Dodgers. But what happened in Game 7. Oh, yeah, the Dodgers won. Who was the losing pitcher…. Let me check ….. Oh yeah, it was Ron Darling.
--The Dodgers bullpen pitched 9.2 hitless innings against the Cubs before giving up a hit.
--Ross Stripling tried his best to set up a save situation for
--Everything Roberts does right now seems to work. Don't hit for Darvish when it's 3-1 and the bases are loaded in the sixth with two out? He draws a walk. Pull him after just one batter the next inning?
--It sure would have been nice to give Jansen an extra day off though.
--The Cubs look about as lifeless as the Dodgers did the last few postseasons.
--Cubs fans were leaving in the seventh and eighth innings. Why do we only hear about it when Dodgers fans leave early?
--Remember who the Dodgers traded to get Chris Taylor? Zach Lee.
--I fully expect to see
Game 4 preview
Dodgers versus Arrieta
Yasiel Puig: .500 (2 for 5), 1 double
Yasmani Grandal: .222 (2 for 9), 1 double, 1 homer
Justin Turner: .200 (1 for 5), 1 homer
Andre Ethier: .143 (1 for 7), 1 double
Chase Utley: .056 (1 for 18), 1 homer
Joc Pederson: .000 (0 for 8)
Logan Forsythe: .000 (0 for 3)
Enrique Hernandez: .000 (0 for 3)
Chris Taylor: .000 (0 for 3)
Cody Bellinger: .000 (0 for 2)
Pitchers: .200 (1 for 5)
Team: .183 (19 for 104), 5 doubles, 6 homers
Cubs versus Wood
Kris Bryant: .375 (3 for 8), 1 double, 1 homer
Javier Baez: .333 (2 for 6)
Addison Russell: .300 (3 for 10)
Jason Heyward: .250 (2 for 8)
Anthony Rizzo: .231 (3 for 13), 2 doubles
Jon Jay: .200 (1 for 5)
Willson Contreras: .200 (1 for 5)
Ben Zobrist: .143 (1 for 7)
Kyle Schwarber: .000 (0 for 1), 2 walks
Ian Happ: .000 (0 for 2)
Albert Almora: .000 (0 for 1)
Pitchers: .000 (0 for 7)
Team: .208 (16 for 77), 1 homer, 28 strikeouts
All numbers are courtesy of baseball-reference.com.
(All times PDT)
Game 4: Wednesday, 6 p.m., Dodgers (Alex Wood) at Chicago (Jake Arrieta), TBS
Game 5*: Thursday, 5 p.m., Dodgers at Chicago, TBS
Game 6*: Saturday, 1 p.m. (will move to 5 p.m. if ALCS is complete), Chicago at Dodgers, TBS
Game 7*: Sunday, 4:30 p.m., Chicago at Dodgers, TBS
* if necessary
This needs no explanation. Just watch.