Sunday, October 15, 2017

NLCS Game 2 Thread: Oct. 15 vs. Cubs, 4:30p


Rich Hill (12-8, 3.32) vs. Jon Lester (13-8, 4.33)

The Dodgers took Game 1 of the NLDS, in rather stress-free fashion! Apparently, it's the first NLCS Game 1 they've won since 1985. That's both amazing and very, very sad.

Chris Taylor and Yasiel Puig strung together a #DONGALINE, and that was enough to win. The overturned call at the plate, after Wilson Contreras violated the Buster Posey Rule, gave the Dodgers some insurance. (Don't let anyone tell you it was the difference in the game, because it wasn't.)

And can we just take a minute to appreciate the 2017 version of Yasiel Puig? He's found the perfect balance of maturity and, well, PUIGNESS. It's a combination that's made him the must-watch player of this postseason. (And he's still getting under the skin of cranky old men. It's glorious.)

Now the story turns to Rich Hill and Jon Lester. The Dodgers strategy last year of doing ludicrous dances on the basepaths to try to rattle Lester failed miserably. They should probably stick to just being patient at the plate. It's worked out well so far. And Rich Hill doesn't have to worry about going too deep into the game, as the bullpen has been solid so far. Kenta Maeda, in particular, has been amazing. If Kershaw can get pulled after five, ANYTHING can happen.

Let's go, #ThisTeam!

190 comments:

Hideo Nomo said...

Taylor CF
Turner 3B
Bellinger 1B
Hernandez LF
Forsythe 2B
Barnes C
Puig RF
Culberson SS
Hill P

Orel said...

Thanks Gnomes! LET'S DO THIS

Steve Sax said...

Great GT Gnomes. Can’t wait.

Hideo Nomo said...

I AM EXCITE.

Orel said...

AND I JUST CAN'T HIDE.

Orel said...

Dear Big Guy,

I don't ask for much. But can we get a scoreless 1st from Hill?

Thanks,
Orel

QuadSevens said...

Can we get at least one stolen base attempt this time around as well?

karen said...

I'm about to lose control and I think I like it!!!!

Orel said...

Karen for the trifecta!

Orel said...

HERE WE GO

Orel said...

Steeeeeerike one!

Orel said...

Where was that???

Orel said...

Shit. Leadoff single of course

Orel said...

1-2 on Bryant...

Orel said...

Wow Puig Puiggin' already...all good as he makes the sun catch

QuadSevens said...

Taylor almost got run over on that flyball in right center.

Orel said...

It's almost like you want Hill to throw 20-25 pitches in the 1st, get over that hump

Orel said...

1-2-3 1st FOR HILL!

QuadSevens said...

2 Ks for Hill. Nice!

karen said...

Rich's curve is kicking ass

Orel said...

Fuuuuuuck Turner sends one to the warning track

QuadSevens said...

JT almost hit it out. Damn!

Orel said...

Hey Belli — don't bunt with no on one!

QuadSevens said...

Bellinger almost beat out a bunt single. Quick inning for Lester.

Orel said...

^one on!

QuadSevens said...

The stadium is full you idiots! TBS announcers are garbage.

Orel said...

Nice grab on a comebacker by Hill! One out in the 2nd

Orel said...

Haha what'd they say, Quad? That people are STILL arriving?

Orel said...

KK

K

Hideo Nomo said...

Dodgers got BABIPed to death in the bottom of the 1st.

Orel said...

0-2 on Heyward...

Hideo Nomo said...

It’s also hot as fuck today. You’re crazy if your seats are in the sun and you aren’t seeking shade right now.

Orel said...

I'm glad they're making contact, Gnomes

Orel said...

1-2-3 2nd!

QuadSevens said...

@Orel Yes, twice. And both times they had a shot of the entire stadium with all seats full.

Orel said...

Laziest narrative in baseball, Quad.

Orel said...

Kiké leadoff walk!

Orel said...

3-1 to Forsythe...

Orel said...

Mary Hart is straight chillin behind home plate

Orel said...

Forsythe tagged it but right to LF. Like that we're making contact

Orel said...

Barnes is kinda throwing away his shot

Orel said...

Puig works the most disciplined walk I've seen in a long tme

Orel said...

Dammit Culberson flies out. We waste a pair of walks

Orel said...

Hill walks Baez

Orel said...

Lester foul-bunts out!

Orel said...

Baez steals second, advances to third on a WP. Way to shift the momentum, guys

Orel said...

Belli holds the runner on a grounder to 1st!

Orel said...

1-2 to Bryant...

Orel said...

BREAK IT OFF, RICH

Orel said...

Ks him on a...fastball?

karen said...

TBS dudes talking about how quiet Dodger fans were being.

QuadSevens said...

We are not working the count much on Lester.

Orel said...

In-game interviews blow

Orel said...

OK Gnomes you're right...we're getting BABIPed to death

Orel said...

3-0 to Turner...

Orel said...

JT walk. HOW ABOUT LET'S NOT WASTE THIS ONE

Orel said...

Don't bite, Cody!

Orel said...

Cody single! 1st & 3rd, 2 out

Orel said...

LOVE how Cody stayed down with that pitch

karen said...

C'mon KIKI!!!!

Orel said...

1-2 count on Kiké...

Orel said...

2-2 count...

Orel said...

3-2 count...

QuadSevens said...

Kike wanted that to be ball 4.

Orel said...

AAUGH

Orel said...

WE ARE WASTING SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES

Orel said...

Hill at 57 pitches with 2 out in the 4th

Orel said...

KKKKKKK

Orel said...

61 pitches thru 4. That's good

Orel said...

Forsythe hooks one far but foul

Orel said...

Something's gotta land

Orel said...

Man these announcers suck

Orel said...

I mean, they're just boring. They don't enhance the game

Orel said...

We are swinging at a lot of ball fours

Orel said...

Puig draws his second walk. At least we're making Lester throw a lot of pitches. He's at 72 now, bot 4

Orel said...

Puig CS to end the inning. Shit.

Steve Sax said...

Should have sent JT home in the third.

0-0 through 4

Steve Sax said...

Dammit. Russell HR

karen said...

SIDDOWN HEYWARD

Orel said...

FUCK FUCK FUCK

Orel said...

Did we just hit for Hill?

Orel said...

Granderson has been more useless than Josh Reddick was

Orel said...

Culberson at 3rd with 2 out. Let's see how we blow this one

karen said...

I don't want to be a hater...exception frisco of course...but Curtis Granderson? Come the fuck on.

Orel said...

C'mon JT.

Orel said...

RIGHT KAREN???

Orel said...

2-0 count...

Steve Sax said...

Curtis Granderson sucks

Orel said...

2-2 count...

Orel said...

RIGHT SAX???

Orel said...

YESSSSSS TIE GAME!

karen said...

TIED BABY!!!!

Orel said...

All of a sudden this booze tastes better

Orel said...

Bellinger with better plate discipline on those sweeping pitches from lefties. Sliders?

Orel said...

Belli works the walk! Two on, two out!

Orel said...

Dammit Chase

karen said...

Did Chase hit for Kiki? There was no announcement.

Orel said...

It's already the 6th?

Orel said...

Utley hit for Hernández.

Orel said...

8-pitch inning for Morrow!

Orel said...

Keep hacking, Logie Bear

Orel said...

Dammit.

Orel said...

Keep hacking, Barnesy.

Orel said...

Dammit.

Orel said...

Puig showing more plate discipline

Orel said...

3-0 count...

Orel said...

Puig fouls ball 4

Orel said...

Shit.

Orel said...

Anyone else thinking walkoff?

Orel said...

1 pitch, 1 out for Morrow in the 7th

Orel said...

Morrow with the nasty slider! Mr. Announcer Man said so!

Orel said...

Where would we be without Morrow?

Orel said...

Strop v Culberson to start bot 7

Orel said...

Granderson continues to be beyond useless

Orel said...

Strop walks Taylor. 2 out

Orel said...

Turner hacking. 0-2 count

Orel said...

Fuck.

Orel said...

Fields in.

Orel said...

I have a bad feeling about this.

Orel said...

Baez skies it for the first out

Orel said...

Joc in for Granderson

Orel said...

Now Watson coming in.

Orel said...

Watson gets Zobrist. 2 down

Orel said...

Watson gets out of the 8th!

Orel said...

PLEASE SCORE SO WE CAN BRING KENLEY IN

Orel said...

Belli-Joc-Logie Bear this inning

karen said...

I feel better about life in general with Joc taking out Granderson.

Orel said...

Full count to Belli

Orel said...

You said it Karen

Orel said...

Duensing error allows Belli to get on. LET'S DO THIS

karen said...

CODY SAFE??

Orel said...

Scored a hit, whatever!

Orel said...

Joc sacs Belli over!

karen said...

Good bunt from Joc

Orel said...

IBB Logie Bear makes it 1st & 2nd with one out. Barnes up

Orel said...

Playing for one run I see

Orel said...

AAH THAT WAS YOUR PITCH BARNES

Orel said...

FUCK FUCK FUCK GIDP

Orel said...

Walkoff it is then

Steve Sax said...

Damn, Barnes. At least elevate that ball.

karen said...

I know i say this every Post Season but Why the fuck to we put ourselves through this?

Orel said...

Kenley fans Bryant!

Orel said...

Karen...do we have a choice???

Orel said...

Shit, Kenley plunks Rizzo

Orel said...

Keep it down, Kenley

karen said...

Orel...Absolutely no choice. I just feel the need to ask each year.

Orel said...

0-2 count on Contreras...

Orel said...

Crowd on their feet...

Orel said...

I hear you, Karen

Orel said...

Niiiiiice, Ks Contreras on 3 pitches!

Orel said...

0-2 to the dangerous Almora...

Orel said...

I can feel my heart pounding

Orel said...

NICE JOB KENLEY

Orel said...

LET'S DO THIS IN WALKOFF FASHION

karen said...

I'm glad you can feel your heart pounding...I think my breathing is getting dangerously shallow!

Orel said...

Inhale/exhale Karen!

Orel said...

2-0 count to Puig...

QuadSevens said...

Let's go Puig!

Orel said...

LET'S GO PUIG chants!

Orel said...

3-0 count...

Steve Sax said...

Puig with a 2-0 count

Orel said...

HAHAHA Puig started walking towards 1st before the catcher caught the pitch!

Steve Sax said...

Wow Puig started walking to first so early.

Please, please don’t get caught on the basepaths Puig

Orel said...

Culbunterson

Orel said...

Puig on 2nd!

Steve Sax said...

Nice bunt Charlie.

Orel said...

It's Kyle Farmer!

Steve Sax said...

Duensing looks wild. Come on guys

Orel said...

Duensing is throwing a lot of off-speed stuff to Farmer

Steve Sax said...

Geez, Farmer not even close on that second strike

Orel said...

Full count to Farmer...

Orel said...

FUCK

Steve Sax said...

Framer has not looked good in any of his postseason ABs

Orel said...

Lackey coming in. This feels like extras

QuadSevens said...

It's up to CT3 against Lackey. I like our chances.

Orel said...

@Sax: But enough about Grandal!

Orel said...

The emperor does not share your optimistic appraisal of the situation, Quad.

Orel said...

3-1 count to CT3...

Orel said...

Full count...

Orel said...

Walk! 1st & 2nd for JT!

Orel said...

MOTHEFUCKING JT WALKOFFFFFFF!

QuadSevens said...

Holy shitballs!! Turner!!!

Steve Sax said...

JT!!!

karen said...

i am speechless.

Orel said...

ENJOY IT, FRIENDS

karen said...

29 years to the day of Kirk's.

Orel said...

Oh yeah...WIN

Steve Sax said...

I’m fucking going to Camping World!!!

Orel said...

You mean Campng World

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

Justin should have limped around the bases for emphasis.

His hair is giving him strength like Samson... let's just hope he doesn't get caught up with a Delilah.