Hi, and welcome to another edition of
Well, that was interesting. When
Then the Dodgers offense took over. Sure, they were helped that Arizona starter Robbie Ray had an off night, but that’s what good offenses do. They take advantage of a pitcher’s weakness. They laid off bad pitches, worked the count, scored their first run without a hit and pounced when he threw a pitch in the zone. Then they got to the weak middle relief of the
I know that Jimmie Sherfy is a longtime friend of Arizona manager Torey Lovullo's family, but if I'm Lovullo, I'm not sure if I'm going to call on him again. He has an ERA of 36.00 this postseason. This must be what it feels like for fans of other teams when Pedro Baez comes in to pitch.
Can Austin Barnes start every game? Pretty please?
I want to talk about Puig for a second. Sure, I called for him to be sent down to the minors last season, but I have always liked him. He plays with a passion that is fun to watch. Just look at him this series. Licking bats, wagging his tongue, sliding into third on a triple, pounding his chest on a single, flipping his bat.
Most people who watch baseball games wish they were playing. Because we think it would be the best job in the world. So when we see a guy like Puig, who takes such joy in everything, it makes us happy. There's a guy who gets it. This is supposed to be fun. Sure, we know the constant travel and not seeing your family is a drag. But playing the game for a living? Fun. So many players approach the game with no emotion. Puig reminds us of what it was like to play the game when you were a kid.
And look at this new Puig since coming back from the minors. Sure, he has his knucklehead moments at times. But he is a much better player. He should win the
Kenta Maeda looked like a different pitcher in his short relief stint in Game 2. One inning, two strikeouts, one victory. The batters he faced seem to have no clue. If I had to criticize one thing about Game 2, it was that I thought Dave Roberts took him out too early. He looked dominant. I would have left him at least until he gave up a hit. In the back of my mind I was thinking, "Have the Dodgers found their setup man of the future?"
Cody Bellinger is 1 for 10 with six strikeouts, and it looks like he starts his swing before the pitcher lets go of the ball. Relax, Cody. Fans aren't expecting you to hit a home run every time up. Just go back to that swing that got you here.
Only Dennis Eckersley of the TBS announcing crew of
The Dodgers are up 2-0, but Arizona won't go quietly.
Arizona batters vs. Darvish
No other Diamondback has more than four at-bats against Darvish.
Dodger batters against Greinke
Granderson, .217/.260/.406 (Granderson has 69 at-bats against Greinke, the most of any player in the majors)
This is why the Dodgers traded for Darvish, for the postseason. Now we will start to see if that trade paid off.
Game 3: Monday, 7 p.m. PT, Dodgers (Yu Darvish) at Arizona (Zack Greinke), TBS
Game 4*: Tuesday, 6 p.m. PT, Dodgers (TBA) at Arizona (TBA), TBS
Game 5*: Thursday, 6 p.m. PT, Arizona (TBA) at Dodgers (TBA), TBS
Bill Plaschke on Yasiel Puig. Read it here.
Dylan Herandez on Yu Darvish. Read it here.