Hiroki Kuroda (0-0-, -.--) vs. Rich Harden, RHP (0-0, -.--).
COMMENTS: I can scarcely believe I'm writing this Game Thread. In the past three days, the Dodgers have doubled their playoff victory total of the previous 19 years. And this NLDS has provided us with many intriguing story lines: the emergence of the Dodger "kids" while veterans find new roles, the media's obsession with the Cubs alleged curse, the NL playoff team with the worst record leading the NL's best team.
But the only story line I care about is the Dodgers winning this series. Tonight. We nervous and/or superstitious Dodger fans aren't content with only having to win one of the next three games. (Then again, some of us are.) No, tonight is the time to end and extend the Cubs' misery (Nostry's prediction notwithstanding).
And why not? For those praying for Good Hiroki to show up tonight: Kuroda has a microscopic 0.59 ERA in two starts against the Cubs. And if you thought Ryan Dempster surrendered a lot of walks (seven) in Game 1, just wait—Harden has the worst BB/9 rate (3.80) of any Cubs starter with at least ten starts.
So conditions are ripe for a Dodger sweep—which, of course, guarantees nothing. Enjoy the ride while it lasts, Dodger fans. Both Sax and I will be attending tonight's game (Mrs. Orel and I will be dining at Alegria on Sunset pre-game), and we'll be decked out in full Dodger regalia and cheering our little hearts out.
Are you going too? Drop us a comment—let's get an SoSG head count! Let's root, root, root for the Dodgers! And maybe, just maybe, we'll all return from Dodger Stadium one step closer to the World Series....
photo by Amber Matsumoto/Dodgers