Hi, and welcome to another edition of
Breaking down Game 4
--That was an amazing game and fun to watch from beginning to end. I could have lived without the
--Here's what I love about baseball: The winning rally was caused by a guy no one had even heard of in April, a guy who can barely run and a guy who looks like he's about 60 years old.
--The biggest mistake I have made in this newsletter is saying before the season that the Dodgers should not have re-signed
--Can someone start a GoFundMe account to get laser eye surgery for plate umpire Tom Hallion? He obviously is having trouble with his vision because Kershaw had a couple of guys struck out in the seventh inning, and Yasiel Puig did not make a full swing when Hallion called him out.
--Most postseason home runs in Dodgers history:
Duke Snider – 11
Adrian Gonzalez – 6
Ron Cey – 6
Davey Lopes – 6.
--Note to Dave Roberts: Never, ever bring in Pedro Baez with runners on base. He can't handle the pressure.
--Kershaw did exactly what an ace does. He didn't have his best stuff, but he battled all night and gave his team a chance to win. And even without his best stuff, he still struck out 11.
--Harold Reynolds had quite the day in the booth. He misidentified pitches, said things that were flat-out wrong, said the Dodgers should remove Kershaw, then when they left him in said this is what makes baseball great, called a 91-mph breaking ball a changeup and generally talked so much during some at-bats that the play-by-play guy couldn't break in to call the game. But I learned something fun: If you turn your TV up really loud, you can actually hear boothmates Kenny Albert and Tom Verducci rolling their eyes when Reynolds talks.
--How great was it to see Andre Ethier be a key part of a game-winning rally?
--As I write this, the Dodgers still haven't named their Game 5 starter.
The rest of the schedule
Game 5: Thursday, Dodgers (TBA) at Washington (Max Scherzer) 5 p.m. PT. TV: FS1
In case you missed it
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What others are saying
Did you miss Chase Utley's game-winning single? Watch it here.