I did a similar good, bad, ugly article yesterday and I decided to do another one. This time we get to celebrate a victory as the Dodgers win 4-3 to tie the series and take away the home field advantage from the Brewers.
Madson coming in with bases loaded and only allowing one run to come in on a dribbler.
The Home Plate Umpire!
Alan Porter, the home plate umpire, was pretty darn good. There were a couple in the 9th against Kenley that were close but he was consistent.
Bob Uecker joining the broadcast for a few minutes.
Some Nice Defense
Some nice defensive plays by Kiké Hernandez and Manny Machado.
Cody Starting to Wake Up at the Plate
Cody Bellinger continuing to show signs of coming alive, including a run scoring single. I’d like to see him start every game.
In the post-season so far he’s thrown 3.1 innings, with 6 strikeouts and no runs. Baez, is easily the most criticized Dodger (Grandal might be close though) and has shown some fulfillment of his potential. He’s getting command of both a slider and a change-up. For a reliever, having three solid pitches is a great goal and Baez is getting to that point.
Joc comes off the bench and gets the bat on the ball in both at bats. One was even off a lefty and they both found holes. Pederson seems to find a way to get things done in the playoffs in many situations.
Justin Turner had a nightmare game 1 as he went 0-5, with 4 strikeouts and an error. Today, he had two hits including the clutch 2 run home run to give the Dodgers the lead.
Kenley is looking as good as he has all year. We are seeing 93-95 MPH velocity and that makes a huge difference. When he’s throwing 90 MPH it doesn’t work as well.
Even when they’ve lost games in the playoffs they battle until the very end. This time, they were down 3-0 and scored 2 runs in both the 7th and 8th innings. They don’t quit!
Lower Parts of the Order
Both Yasiel Puig and Austin Barnes had terrible at bats and produced very little. At the same time the lower part of the Brewers order has been hitting well in the first two games. Puig had a mostly decent at bat in the 7th but the picture to the right shows the last breaking ball he swung at. Of course, there were no outs and the bases were loaded. After that strike out Barnes came up and worked a bases loaded walk.
Yasmani Grandal then came up in the 9th spot, with 1 out and a 2-1 count and swung at a ball that was too low, and grounded into a double play. In his post-season career Grandal is slashing .095/.260/.190/.450. His impending free agency will be very interesting.
In the 9th Puig, on a 2-0 pitch, grounded into a double play. Barnes then came up and struck out looking. Puig looks like he’s just not into this series.
Kemp was 0 for 2 and played a single into a double. I’d like to see him used as more of a pinch hitter going forward.
The national broadcasters act like it’s a radio broadcast. They talk way too much. I don’t think they are biased and they have plenty of knowledge. I’d just like to hear less of them, especially when the pitch is being thrown.
Alex Wood Giving Up Dingers
Freddie Freeman took him out of the park on a first pitch in the NLDS. Now, Travis Shaw gets a dinger off of Wood in the NLCS game 2. They are both lefties. If they advance Scott Alexander needs to be back on the roster.
Emptying the Bench
Hey, use all your bullets but if the bench is empty by the 7th inning you are doing it wrong. It starts with the starting lineup. Chris Taylor, Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger need to be in the starting lineup. Save the bench pieces for the right time; when there are scoring opportunities. Fortunately, it didn’t matter.
Shame on Manny Machado
With a count of 3-0, Manny Machado hit ball 4 to the right of the shortstop. Orlando Arcia made a nice play to get to the ball but had to double clutch. Instead of being on first, Machado was jogging to first base. It was shown for all to see on national television. It was an insult to his team and an embarrassment to the Dodger organization. Hoping that someone got in his face and that he apologizes. Dave Roberts owes Cody Bellinger an apology.
Machado is an amazing player and he’s been a key part to the Dodgers success. There are times when to pull up and times not to. On the play in question, Machado jogged right out of the box. He could have started fast then pull up when it is obvious what was going to happen. Personally, I don’t like any of the non-hustle but I understand the realities.
Brewers Pitchers Continued Raking
Wade Miley going 2 for 2 is not acceptable, especially after a home run by a Brewers reliever in game 1.
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