LCS Saturday Preview and Live Thread

Can the Dodgers rebound, and who draws first blood in the ALCS? [LCS Saturday Live Thread]

10/12/13 in MLB   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - LCS Saturday Preview and Live ThreadThere is no rest for the Dodgers and Cardinals. Shortly after last night's thriller, the two get to do it all over again in Game 2 of the NLCS (4:07, TBS). It's hard to call Game 2 of a seven game series a must-win, but it just might be for the Dodgers. The pitching matchups aren't in their favor in Games 3 and 4, and today they turn to Clayton Kershaw, this time on full rest. After losing Greinke's first start, they can't afford to lose Kershaw's. They will have to do it without Hanley Ramirez. He is scratched from today's game with a rib injury, suffered when he was hit by a pitch in the 1st inning last night. His spot in the lineup is replaced by the immortal Nick Punto, who will bat 8th as the rest of the lineup moves up a spot.

The Cardinals certainly won't be pushovers though. Their starter today is Michael Wacha. In his last regular season start, he was 1 out away from a no-hitter. In his first playoff start, Game 4 of the NLDS, he went 7 1/3 innings before giving up a hit. If he can keep up this incredible run, we might have another tight, back-and-forth game. If all else fails for St. Louis of course, they can just turn to Carlos Beltran and everything will be fine.

Blog Photo - LCS Saturday Preview and Live ThreadThe nightcap is Game 1 of the ALCS between the Tigers and Red Sox (8:00, FOX). This is a fascinating series between the two teams who were definitely the best in the American League all season. The Game 1 starter for Boston is Jon Lester. His assignment may be easier than initially thought, as the Tigers offense continues to struggle to get going. Miguel Cabrera did hit the big homer in Game 5 of the ALDS, but that was just his third extra base hit since the end of August.

Boston's offense, however, has been humming all season and continued through most of their 4 game ALDS victory over Tampa. Detroit turns to Anibal Sanchez to stop the Red Sox lineup tonight. Sanchez had a great season, leading the league in ERA and FIP, but did not pitch well in the ALDS. He'll need to be much better to keep the Tigers in the game.

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10/13/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

First day with two 1-0 games in the LCS. What a day.

10/12/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Meanwhile, Anibal Sanchez's line so far: 6 IP, 0 H, 6 BB, 12 K

10/12/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
nah... Ramirez took the day off..ethier played uninterested.... mattingly makes poor moves....two best pitchers have been used on the road....Puig plays out of control... hard to say what has changed in the past few days when they played so well....

None of that means they don't have heart or don't want to win. Ramirez was hurt after taking a pitch to the ribs. Ethier is hurt and had no chance of catching up to that heat anyway. Mattingly's not a good tactical manager. The point was to use Greinke and Kershaw so they'd be used twice, and they aren't the problem. Puig always plays that way. This isn't 1919. What's changed is that this is baseball, and this is what happens.

I don't know why I bothered to respond, but argh.

10/12/13   |   kteacher   |   34424 respect

To say a  team that was blowing in May and surges to the top to win the division, beat the Braves, and make it to the NLCS doesn't have heart is ridiculous. They have heart. This series is far from over. Let's not forget that the Cardinals bats aren't exactly letting loose either. The Dodgers need to make adjustments. They can do it. 

10/12/13   |   Scott   |   54575 respect

With Greinke and Kershaw pitching, I'd be lying if I told you that I thought the Cardinals would win both games in St. Louis.  Dodgers look anxious while the Cards continue to deliver just enough when it matters most.  

10/12/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Yeah, uh, no. That is absurd on every level.
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Dodgers are missing heart...... it has not been there all year......they played like it today!!!,,,

10/12/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Yeah, uh, no. That is absurd on every level.

nah... Ramirez took the day off..ethier played uninterested.... mattingly makes poor moves....two best pitchers have been used on the road....Puig plays out of control... hard to say what has changed in the past few days when they played so well....

10/12/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

1-0 Cardinals win. Just a brutal loss for the Dodgers.

10/12/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
Dodgers don;t want the World Series...

Yeah, uh, no. That is absurd on every level.

10/12/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Dodgers don;t want the World Series...

10/12/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

With Ramirez out, here is the Dodgers lineup:

LF Crawford
2B Mark Ellis
1B Gonzalez
RF Puig
3B Uribe
CF Schumaker (in for an injured Ethier)
C A.J. Ellis
SS Punto
P Kershaw

And for the Cardinals:

2B Carpenter
RF Beltran
LF Holliday
C Molina
3B Freese
1B Adams
CF Jay
SS Kozma
P Wacha