Nine More Wins

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The Dodgers need nine more wins this year to secure the World Series Championship.  The first of these required wins will be in a do or die type of game in Washington D. C. on Thursday.  Max Scherzer (right-handed!) will start Game 5 for the Nationals.  Rich Hill will likely start for the Dodgers.  If Hill begins to falter, look for Julio Urias to come in for long relief.  After that, the bullpen is sure to get heavy use.  Meanwhile, the Dodgers offense will have to perform if they want to move on to the NLCS.

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86 thoughts on “Nine More Wins

  1. I’m not feeling it for this game. I just don’t think Hill’s that good of a pitcher, and its a lot to ask of a kid to pick up the pieces and hold the team in the game. I sense another turd in the punchbowl coming.

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    • From a contrarian standpoint, this is a good sign. Your pessimism led the team to victory in Game 4. Keep it up. 🙂

      But really, after the Dodgers beat the Nationals, who do they pitch in the NLCS? Kershaw on short rest again for Game 1, then who in Game 2?

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      • Maeda would have to go game 1. They don’t have much alternative. Had they won game 3 then I think they could’ve started Urias knowing that if he shit the bed, you just toss Stripling in there to take one for the team and you have Kersh for game 5. Now even if they win they will have burned Kersh and [cough cough] Hill and have to lead with Maeda against Lester. I don’t see any of the ’88 mentality in this group either that can overcome superior teams.

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  2. Comment on yesterday’s win, it almost wasnt, and if it had been a Dodgers loss, I would have put some of that blame on the umpire. I know its chicken shit to do that, but some of the called Balls were critical strikes, that would of shortened kershaw’s time on the mound, especially the 7th inning Harper at bat, a second blatant bad call was the check swing of Puig, he held. and why wasnt the first base ump making that call? it just didnt seem to be going the same way for Nationals. I suppose this umpire crew stays with us, meh!
    Really happy about Dre’s clutch hit, although Big Bang is what I was hoping for, Ill take the single.
    Yes Utley, all year long, a player worth emulating, makes this Dodgers team a bit more Blue Collar to go with the hollywood finish.
    From my calculations only one person on the roster has not been used, that being Julio Urias. If HIll starts Thursday, Julio had better be warmed up early and be the first one out of the pen, because all the other pitchers have been seen too much, I just couldn’t watch a Dayton, Avilian, Baez or Fields come in.
    Because we beat Scherzer once does not mean it will be any easier a second time, I trust all the position players are looking at film and getting prepared to put up some tremendous Hitting. Go Dodgers!

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  3. I’m still basking in the Vagiants epic melt down last night.
    What’s that word I’m trying to think of? Oh yeah!
    SCHADENFREUDE!!
    .
    They will have to pounce on Scherzer early & hard tomorrow.
    GO DODGERS!!!

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  4. Pretty much every hand on deck except for Kersh… Start Hill, that is why you traded for him…. Good Grief….
    The guy is basically pitching for his next contract… He just may come up big…..He’s got more to lose than anyone dollars wise.

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  5. Let’s see, we lost the NLCS to the Phils in ’08, than again in ’09, In ’13 it was the Cards. than we couldn’t get past the first round with the Cards and Mets in ’14 & ’15. WHAT AGAIN???? I HOPE NOT.,

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  6. Lineup

    1. Chase Utley (L) 2B
    2. Corey Seager (L) SS
    3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
    4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
    5. Josh Reddick (L) RF
    6. Joc Pederson (L) CF
    7. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
    8. Andrew Toles (L) LF
    9. Rich Hill (L) P

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  7. Got to get Grandal, Toles and Gonzo in to the hitting party! Reddick got two hits last time, Im good with that.
    Now this game could a time for JOC to shine. fingers crossed, prayers sent. Go DODGERS!

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  8. Nothing like doing it the hard way. Those walks were killing me. I thought Jansen was left in too long, similar to Kershaw night before last, but who the hell would you bring in. Sure as hell it wouldn’t be Baez, but Clayton cures all. And thanks Dayton for making it interesting. NOT! Fucking lead off walks were just about our undoing.

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    • Right. As exciting and energy draining as this series was, there is still a lot of baseball yet to be played. Cannot lose sight of that and I am sure the Dodgers will be ready.

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  9. What a game. Now THAT was entertainment!!!!!!!!!!! I look forward to seeing those Cubs lefties so I can watch Mr. Puig play. I grew up in Chicago, but on the south side as a Sox fan. So…….BEAT THE CUBS!!!!!!

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  10. That was a game for the ages. Didn’t think it would even be close, but they sacked up to a man and got it done.

    Maeda & Stripling may have to take one for the team tomorrow. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Stewart either on Sunday – I’d rather have a rested Kersh in game 3. Also wouldn’t be surprised to see Dayton out and Wood in on the roster either.

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  11. This morning, after thinking about it, Roberts should get a little more credit for coming up with a plan on the fly, sticking with it and having it ultimately succeed. Jansen was out of gas, but who do you bring in? Apparently he was going with him along until we got to Kershaw and Murphy.

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