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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dodgers aren’t showing any shortcomings even without Corey Seager | LA Times

Corey who?

On the morning of the opener of the National League Championship Series, the Dodgers announced that All-Star shortstop Corey Seager would not play because of injury. Cubs pitcher Jon Lester likened the impact on the Dodgers to how the Cubs might have been hurt had they lost Kris Bryant, the defending NL most valuable player. ESPN analyst Dan Szymborski calculated that the injury had reduced the Dodgers’ chance to win the series from 57.0% to 49.9% — in other words, “Dodgers favored” to “toss up.”

IN YOU FACE, SZYMBORSKI!

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 18, 2017 at 03:07 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 18, 2017 at 04:23 AM (#5556775)
It has probably helped that the Cubs hitters are batting like .125 in the series.
   2. BDC Posted: October 18, 2017 at 08:07 AM (#5556785)
No kidding.

Teams to sweep the first two rounds of the three-tiered playoffs: 2014 Royals, 2007 Rockies … is that it? Not a great World Series omen (and not that the Dodgers have swept yet), but neither of those previous clubs came into the postseason with such a team-of-destiny aura about them :)
   3. Rally Posted: October 18, 2017 at 08:38 AM (#5556793)
I think you are right, that's it. Other team to sweep 2 consecutive postseason series:

1976 Reds (3-0 vs. Phil, 4-0 vs. NYY)

I think they are the only team to go undefeated in MLB playoffs that last more than a single round.
   4. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 18, 2017 at 09:58 AM (#5556827)
Since the LCS was changed to a best of 7, the only team to both sweep their LCS and win the World Series was the 1995 Braves
   5. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM (#5556852)
Would the Dodgers even be favored against the Astros or Yankees? They were only a couple of games better by Pythag, and play in the notably weaker league.
   6. Man o' Schwar Posted: October 18, 2017 at 11:05 AM (#5556903)
Would the Dodgers even be favored against the Astros or Yankees? They were only a couple of games better by Pythag, and play in the notably weaker league.

I'm finding it hard to believe that this Dodger team lost 11 games in a row. I think they would be favored against an All-Star team made up of Astros and Yankees, even if you take them back through history. Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, Clemens, JR Richard, Biggio, Bagwell, Dimaggio, who cares. Good luck boys.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 18, 2017 at 11:07 AM (#5556908)
I think they would be favored against an All-Star team made up of Astros and Yankees, even if you take them back through history. Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, Clemens, JR Richard, Biggio, Bagwell, Dimaggio, who cares.

Well yeah, if you made the All-Star team swing the rolled-up newspapers that the Cubs have been using for bats.
   8. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 18, 2017 at 11:52 AM (#5556967)
[7] Or if the all star team was full of dead guys.
   9. SoSH U at work Posted: October 18, 2017 at 01:50 PM (#5557075)
Teams to sweep the first two rounds of the three-tiered playoffs: 2014 Royals, 2007 Rockies … is that it? Not a great World Series omen (and not that the Dodgers have swept yet), but neither of those previous clubs came into the postseason with such a team-of-destiny aura about them :)


I don't know about aura, but the Rockies had also won 14 of their final 15 regular season games (one of which was a one-game playoff), so they entered the World Series as hot as any team has ever been. And the Royals swept the first three rounds, since they were in the wild card game.

   10. Batman Posted: October 18, 2017 at 02:27 PM (#5557100)
The 2005 White Sox won 16 of their last 17 games between the regular season and playoffs. The one loss was in the ALCS though.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: October 18, 2017 at 04:34 PM (#5557211)
As we noted at some point yesterday, the Cubs have given up more walks than they have walks and hits. That's only partly Dodgers domination and is more the Cub pitchers not executing and Cub batters swinging at shoulder-high pitches. Game 2 was a low-scoring, close ball game decided by one swing in the bottom of the 9th -- Cubs 174 pitches, Dodgers 118. The series in a nutshell.

G1 158 127
G2 174 118
G3 154 133 (at least we made Morrow work a little)

Cub relievers have thrown 212 pitches to get through 10.1 innings, charged with 8 runs ... plus the Darvish walk that put a run on Hendricks' ledger.

And the NLDS ended similarly with 191 pitches in G5 (98 from regular relievers and 12 from Quintana) and 189 in G4 (44 from regular relievers and 55 from Lester).

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