Wednesday, October 18, 2017

NLCS Game 4 Thread: Oct. 18th @ Cubs, 6p


Inside the mind of Dave Roberts before the Yu Darvish walk.

Alex Wood (16-3, 2.72) vs. Jake Arrieta (14-10, 3.53)

#ThisTeam is one win away from its first World Series in twenty-nine years. Repeat: ONE. WIN. AWAY. It's so close, we can taste it. After years of tasting our own bile in October, this is a pretty nice palate cleanser. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. The work isn't done yet. One game at a time, as all the post-game interviews say. Alex Wood (Remember him?) gets the start to try to outlast SoSG nemesis Jake Arrieta. No, seriously, we irrationally hate that dude.

I can't even write a proper preview for what may happen tonight. My brain is completely scrambled, but, like, in a good way. I just want it to be 6:00 already so we can get this going.

A Game 4 with no need to run a short-rested Kershaw out there? How can this be? Everything about this postseason has been weird, but weird is working. Weird is winning. Weird is WONDERFUL.

Let's get weird.

135 comments:

Hideo Nomo said...

Taylor SS
Bellinger 1B
Turner 3B
Puig RF
Ethier LF
Granderson CF
Grandal C
Utley 2B
Wood P

Hideo Nomo said...

Hmmm. Ethier, Granderson, AND Grandal? Doesn’t get much weirder than that.

Orel said...

No Loney?

Hideo Nomo said...

Free Austin Barnes!

Orel said...

Yankees 2-0 after 3

Orel said...

Astros continue to scuffle

Orel said...

Now I want to play them. But that would mean they came roaring back, which would make me not want to play them. So.

Orel said...

Also: TOO EARLY

Orel said...

Houston is pulling a Cleveland. 3-0 Yanks

Orel said...

4-0

Steve Sax said...

I thought we learned our lesson from NLDS Game 1, which prominently featured the Double-Grandy Black Hole (TM)

Orel said...

New Starbucks drink

Orel said...

5-0

Orel said...

Nice to see Josh Reddick has been as useful for the Astros as he was for us

Orel said...

@kengurnick 6m

Corey Seager played catch today and ran straight line. Hit off tee tomorrow. Roberts feels more confident he will be ready for next series.

@McCulloughTimes 6m

Corey Seager played catch today. He will take swing tomorrow. Dave Roberts expects him to be ready for the World Series.

Orel said...

Yankees win

Orel said...

Gettin close!

karen said...

Bottom of this lineup is scary.

Orel said...

True. But in Doc we trust.

karen said...

Let's all stay cool, calm and collected. We still have business to do.

karen said...

Orel...That has become my mantra.

Orel said...

Almost there...

Hideo Nomo said...

Guts are churning.

karen said...

Tummy doing flip flops.

Orel said...

HERE WE GO

Orel said...

DAMMMMMMN Taylor sends one to the track

Orel said...

Arrieta does not appear to be locked in

Orel said...

Although Cody swings at one low and away

Orel said...

JT walk!

Orel said...

Puig single!

Orel said...

C'mon Dre

Orel said...

Terrible timing, Kelli!

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Orel said...

D'oh

Orel said...

GOOD WOOD PLEASE

Orel said...

Tagged to center. Grandy 2 does his job. One down in the 1st

Orel said...

Please let Wood's funky fresh delivery confound tonight

Orel said...

Hmmm. Schwarber tags it to Taylor at short. Wood not missing many bats so far

Orel said...

Three hard-hit outs. NOTHING TO SEE HERE (hyperventilates)

Orel said...

C'mon Grandy 2

Orel said...

ugh

Orel said...

Sax's Double-Grandy Black Hole™

Orel said...

Haha Chase plunked on the foot on the first pitch! Waltzes off like it ain't no thing

Hideo Nomo said...

Bottom of the order is BRUTAL.

Orel said...

Well at least we got the pitcher out of the way

Orel said...

Yeah between the bottom of the order and Wood's iffyness...not feeling so good about our chances tonight

Dusty Baker said...

ps- Keep Austin (barnes) Weird.

Dusty Baker said...

That was about what I expected from Grandal.

Dusty Baker said...

If Grandal were ever a wizard with the bat, we could call him Grandalf, right?

Alas...

Orel said...

Wood Ks Rizzo to open the 2nd

Orel said...

Fuck.

Dusty Baker said...

Felt that one coming. Aside from the previous K, Wood isn't missing bats and hitters have been getting good contact.

Orel said...

What is it about our pitching that gives up early HRs?

Dusty Baker said...

Whatever it is, it's been working, oddly enough.

Orel said...

Ks Russell. All or nothing huh

Dusty Baker said...

Double fuck.

karen said...

Hook time for Alex

Orel said...

This isn't working. 2-0 Cubs

Orel said...

Oh good they got Baez going too

Dusty Baker said...

Wood either made batters his bitch in that inning, or the other way around. No middle ground.

QuadSevens said...

Time for our bats to wake up now. Let's make it four come from behind victories in a row!

Orel said...

Well he struck out the side

Orel said...

Top of the order in the 3rd. C'mon CT3

Orel said...

We really blew an opportunity to score at least a run in the 1st

Orel said...

But there goes Cody! 2-1 CHI

Orel said...

C'mon JT. Don't leave Cody alone in the HR dept

karen said...

Meet our ROY you goat loving cubs fans.

Orel said...

Never noticed Cody is a flat-brimmer

Orel said...

JT walks again. Let's make some noise!

Orel said...

It's like Puig is refusing to even consider swinging at the first pitch. What a turnaround

Orel said...

Damn, pops one up a mile high

Orel said...

Gotta make Arrieta throw more pitches. Only at 47 in the 3rd

Orel said...

Meanwhile Wood is at only 36 with one out in the 3rd

Orel said...

Gets thru the 3rd. Whew

Orel said...

Grandy 1 walks

Hideo Nomo said...

BRU. TAL.

Orel said...

Chase GIDP. Jesus

QuadSevens said...

I really hate Granderson in the lineup. I want him to prove me wrong, but it doesn't seem likely.

karen said...

Every time they show that old hand run scoreboard I think of Bobby fucking Thompson and his cheating ass.

Orel said...

One down in the 4th

Hideo Nomo said...

@DodgersReddit: “Ethier/Granderson/Grandal/Utley update: 0-6, GIDP, 3 K, BB. “

Oooooof.

Orel said...

2 down

Orel said...

Wood giving up 2 thru 5 would be acceptable

Orel said...

OOOOOOF.

Orel said...

Burnt our challenge

Orel said...

Arrieta at 66 pitches with one out in the 5th. Can we get to this bullpen please

Orel said...

Can't accuse Cody of not getting some big hacks in

Orel said...

Gotta get Wood thru the 5th then start making Arrieta throw more pitches

Johnny Blanchard said...

yeah... Wolf has yuge strikezone... helping both pitchers hold down the count

Orel said...

One down

Johnny Blanchard said...

Joe Buck has a huge bone right now watching this

Johnny Blanchard said...

I refer to Baez homers

Orel said...

Fuck Baez.

spank said...

you can pitch whomever want,Doc Mutt, but you aint gonna win with that shitty ass 5-8 batters.

karen said...

Stripling coming in? Lord almighty.

spank said...

^u want

spank said...

i'm out

Johnny Blanchard said...

next man up

karen said...

Did Eithier really just K on that pitch?

QuadSevens said...

Granderson with the hat trick.

Johnny Blanchard said...

he wears it comfortably

Johnny Blanchard said...

shut up liar Rizzo

QuadSevens said...

Strikeout and a bruise. I like it.

Johnny Blanchard said...

LOL here comes the pen... and the crowd ain't happy

spank said...

nervous anyone?

bwahaha

QuadSevens said...

Loved that they booed Madden coming out.

Johnny Blanchard said...

I mean... just because Wade Davis is your best reliever doesn't mean he's a *good* reliever

Orel said...

JT gets us within one

Orel said...

Granderson = bad

Johnny Blanchard said...

"that's FUCKED UP"-Joe Maddon

Johnny Blanchard said...

lol you knew that would happen

Johnny Blanchard said...

"I'll show you what a strikeout looks like!"-Curtis

Orel said...

Ball don't lie?

Johnny Blanchard said...

here we go... guess the pitch Grandal

Orel said...

2 on, 2 out in the 8th. The Cubs are leaderless. LET'S DO THIS

Orel said...

In Chase we...trust?

spank said...

do something Muttley you fucking mutt

Orel said...

GOD FUCKING DAMMIT

Orel said...

OK breathe. Cingrani/Barnes in

QuadSevens said...

Gotta hold them here!

QuadSevens said...

Hitting the first batter is not ideal.

Johnny Blanchard said...

that was WRigley Field at its best, that AB

Orel said...

To the 9th. LET'S DO THIS, PLEASE

QuadSevens said...

Fields gets us to the ninth. Last chance for our bats to wake up.

Orel said...

Barnes Ks looking on three pitches. Gotta love the aggression

Orel said...

CT3BB

Orel said...

FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK

Orel said...

Good news: Clayton tomorrow. Bad news: Less rest for him.

QuadSevens said...

That was a crappy way to end the game.

spank said...

BOOOOOOOOO

spank said...

im not sold on Clayton. dude has not been good so far. shit aint over.

Hideo Nomo said...

Still pissed, but looking forward to tonight.

Steve Sax said...

Still pissed, and not looking forward to any Curtis Granderson sighting.

spank said...

i just hope Roberts doesnt fuck around tonight with the line up. finish these fuckers off already.

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

Who’s in for a celebration car flips?!?!?!
Or egging taste of Chicago in Burbank

Go Blue.

Delino DeShields, Sr said...

I just lost a wine raffle
But we won the war