Now, the odds are against them but they have been all season long. The Dodgers can still win the pennant with their ace
Professional sports require the average fan to pay exorbitant prices to watch our teams compete premised on the nostalgic notion that doing so connects us to past generations. In return, I expect integrity. The replays showed by clear and convincing evidence that Adrian Gonzalez was safe at home. The Dodgers would have been up 1-0 with another runner in scoring position, the pressure would have been squarely on the Cubs, young Julio Urias would have been pitching with the comfort of a lead and the entire complexion of the game and series would have been different. Instead
I always thought that playing your best players gave you the best chance to win a game. Apparently, Dave Roberts doesn't subscribe to this theory. He also doesn't subscribe to the theory of moving players who just can't hit out of the leadoff spot or benching guys who just can’t hit.
When the Dodgers won Game 3 on Tuesday, Dylan Hernandez wrote on Wednesday morning that the Cubs were choking. Thanks a lot, Dylan, for your words of wisdom and for waking up a sleeping giant. By the way, they did not win 103 games by pure luck.
So let me get this straight. The best the Dodgers can do with their $227-million payroll is to bat a leadoff hitter in Game 5 that hit .190 during the regular season and was hitless in the playoffs, and bat a second-string catcher who was 0 for 16 against the Cubs starting pitcher in the cleanup slot. Isn't there something wrong with this picture?
It's obvious that Clayton Kershaw is the luckiest pitcher in baseball. Like Sandy Koufax, he only seems to pitch on days when the opposition has a bad hitting day.
I enjoyed the enthusiasm in Bill Plaschke's Big Blue Engine That Could column earlier this week. Too bad it overlooked a cardinal baseball rule. Momentum is only as good as the next game's starting pitcher.
John A. Karaczynski
Apparently, it's been so long since the Dodgers had a legitimate chance to go to the
As an Angels fan, it's refreshing to watch how managers like Dave Roberts and Terry Francona make full use of their pitching staffs. They are actually managing according to how the game is going, not by some archaic formula with rigidly defined roles that Mike Scioscia clings to.
Jon C. Garner
A room with a (political) view
As a 9-year-old boy living in Paramount in 1953, I adopted the
So Adrian Gonzalez does not want to stay in a hotel owned by Donald Trump, but does not want to make a political issue out of it. Too late for that.
The real question is where did he stay? Who owns that hotel and what is the owner's background on such issues? If we did a background check on the owners of all the places where we do business, we might not have any places left to frequent.
His actions are totally political and to try to claim otherwise is laughable.
Please make it stop! Somebody should tell John Smoltz and all of the other broadcasters doing the playoffs that droning on and on and on about pitching is boring. I don't know anybody who's that interested in having every pitch analyzed. I don't care if it's a two-seamer, four-seamer or 12-seamer. Let me watch the game.
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