Wednesday, October 09, 2019

NLDS Game 5 vs. Nationals, 5.30p

Walker Buehler vs. Stephen Strasburg.

Well, this is it: a LDS Game 5 (just like two of the other three LDS this year). And after four games of NLDS play, the Dodgers' chances to win are...not that changed from when the series began: 51.5% chance of winning (sorry, just updated to 57% on Wednesday morning). These best-of-five series are just so crazy, anything can happen--and the better team, let alone the better regular-season team, doesn't always win.

So it rests upon the shoulders of Walker Buehler, who owned the Nationals in Game 1, for the Dodgers; while the Nationals go with Stephen Strasburg, who shut the Dodgers down in Game 2. We have Clayton Kershaw available in the bullpen, not to mention Joe Kelly and Kenley Jansen, neither of whom pitched in Game 4. SoSG AC and Dusty will be at the Stadium tonight to watch us win and advance.

Clench those sphincters. It's gonna be crazy tonight at the Stadium.

Go Dodgers!

UPDATE 10.30a: I just had a vision. Corey Seager is going to hit a big HR tonight that will be meaningful to the game's outcome. It's going to happen.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

NLDS Game 1 vs. Nationals, 5.30p

Walker Buehler vs. Patrick Corbin.

Still with us? After dropping off the Game Thread treadmill earlier this year, I figured I had better put up a NLDS GT for posterity. The Nationals come in with a head of steam after beating Milwaukee in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday, but using aces Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg in the process. Today's LAT indicated that if Washington loses today, "the Nationals are in real trouble."

Well, the same could be said for the Dodgers with a Game 1 loss today. The Dodgers only wield a 52% chance of winning this first best-of-five series, in which randomness can play a HUGE part. I'm nervous. Strap in.

Go Dodgers!