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Game 4 thoughts
--Look at it this way: The Dodgers got all their fielding mistakes out of the way in one game, so it should be smooth sailing from here on out.
--Joe Buck must have had trouble sleeping from the excitement of his Cubs winning.
--I don't understand the point of having an instant-replay system if they are still going to get the call wrong.
--People asked me if the outcome of the game would have been different had Adrian Gonzalez been called safe. Yes, it would have been dramatically different. Instead of losing 10-2, the Dodgers would have lost 10-3. You can't blame this loss on one bad call.
--The fielding got so bad that at one point I expected to see Walter Matthau come out to make a pitching change.
--It was amazing to watch some Dodgers fans go from “When can we buy World Series tickets?” to “This team is horrible and needs to make drastic changes.” There are 13
--Both teams start at 0-0 in today's game.
--It's funny to watch people talk about how the Cubs have all the momentum now, 24 hours after the Dodgers were supposed to have all the momentum. Perhaps momentum is a tad overrated.
--At least Kenley Jansen got the day off.
--At the time I am writing this, Kenta Maeda is still expected to start Game 5 tonight. Maeda pitched slightly better at home than on the road, so I think it's the right call. They are still going to have to win a non-
--After last night's game, if Smokey the Bear saw Pedro Baez heading for a forest, he would stop him and made him head back home.
--None of my Twitter followers predicted the Game 4 final score. Follow me on Twitter (@latimeshouston) and try and predict the Game 5 score to win fabulous prizes! (Note: When I say "fabulous," I mean get your name published in the next newsletter.) And don't forget to follow our live coverage throughout the game on our website.
The NLCS schedule
Game 5: Today, Cubs (Lester) at Dodgers (Maeda), 5 p.m. PT. TV: FS1
Game 6: Saturday, Dodgers (Kershaw) at Cubs, TBA. TV: FS1
Game 7: Sunday, Dodgers at Cubs, TBA. TV: FS1 (if necessary)
In case you missed it
What our great crew of Los Angeles Times reporters is saying about the Dodgers:
What others are saying
There were no highlights to watch from Game 4, so let's take a look at a key moment in the Dodgers' 1988 NLCS Game 5 over the Mets. Watch it here.