Hi, and welcome to another edition of
It's time for Dodgers playoff baseball
The Dodgers open their NLDS series against the
Category Dodgers Nationals
Record 91-71 95-67
Batting Avg. .249 .256
OB% .319 .326
SLG% .409 .426
Runs per game 4.48 4.71
ERA 3.70 3.51
Reliever ERA 3.35 3.37
Starter ERA 3.95 3.60
WHIP 1.191 1.192
SO/9 9.4 9.1
Inh. Runner scored% 25% 28%
The Dodgers won five of six from the Nationals during the season.
What does all that mean? Not much. Everyone starts at zero again for the playoffs, but here's what to look for:
--Don't worry about the Dodgers losing five of six to end the season. Momentum going into the playoffs doesn't mean much. Teams that slumped into the playoffs have won it all and teams that were on a hot streak going into the playoffs have lost in the first round. Just look at the four days off between the season and Game 1 as a chance to regroup.
--Who is going to step up on offense? The Dodgers need a couple of guys to go on a hot streak starting Friday.
--Since the wild-card era began in 1995, the team with the best record in baseball has won the
--Of course, the way the Dodgers’ luck has run the last few seasons, the
Dodgers over Nationals in 4
Cubs over Giants in 4
Dodgers' playoff schedule
Game 1—Friday at Washington, 2:30 p.m. PT, TV: FS1
Game 2—Saturday at Washington, 1 p.m. PT, TV: FS1
Game 3—Monday at Dodgers, TBD, TV: FS1/MLBN
Game 4—Tuesday at Dodgers, TBD, TV: FS1
Game 5—Thursday at Washington, TBD, TV: FS1
Ask Ross Porter
This is the final "Ask Ross Porter" for the year, but he will be back next season to answer more of your questions, so keep e-mailing them in. His latest:
Barbara Massa: Hi Ross. I read your answer about the 1951
Ross: The pitcher you are referring to is Stan Williams. There is an ironic and personal twist for me.
When Williams graduated from high school in Colorado and signed with the Dodgers, he was 17 and was sent to the Dodgers' class D farm club in Shawnee, Okla., my hometown. The year was 1954.
I was 15 and in my first season of announcing minor league baseball. Shawnee had a strong team, but Stan was the only pitcher on the club with a losing record (3-5).
Yet, in less than four years, the New Hampshire-born Williams made his way to the major leagues, joining the Dodgers in 1958. If you are curious as I was about New Hampshire natives making the big leagues, there have been 58, including Birdie Tebbetts, Red Rolfe, Carlton Fisk, and
In that third and deciding playoff game against the Giants in 1962, the host Dodgers led 4-2 going to the ninth inning. It was 4-3 when Walter Alston brought in Stan to pitch in relief. Coach Leo Durocher wanted to use Don Drysdale in that spot, but Alston said he was saving Don for the World Series. The Giants won, 6-4, then lost to the
Stan Williams later was a major league pitching coach for 14 seasons. This very nice man celebrated his 80th birthday last month.
In case you missed it
What our great crew of Los Angeles Times reporters are saying about the Dodgers:
What others are saying
Vin Scully gives a final farewell. Watch and listen here.