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Dodgers crush Cubs in Game 5 to advance to the World Series for first time since 1988 | LA Times

On a night when a 28-season drought ended, Kershaw reaped the benefits of an offensive bounty. Enrique Hernandez supplied a trio of home runs, including a grand slam in the third inning that transformed Wrigley Field into a tomb and a two-run blast in the ninth that turned the Dodgers dugout into a mosh pit. The Dodgers led by seven runs after three innings and by nine midway through four. Kershaw responded to the largess with six innings of one-run baseball. He will be ready to start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

Congrats to the Blue.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 20, 2017 at 01:07 AM | 51 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 20, 2017 at 01:13 AM (#5558743)
Kershaw...Game 1...World Series

I'm not a Dodger fan, but that has a nice ring to it.

   2. Meatwad in mourning Posted: October 20, 2017 at 01:48 AM (#5558751)
Go astros.
   3. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 20, 2017 at 02:03 AM (#5558754)
So this is what it feels like to have your team go to the World Series. Wow, amazing. What a season: 104 wins, 6 all stars, Bellinger breaking the NL rookie home run record, and now a trip to the World Series. I hope they have 4 more wins in them.
   4. Vertov Posted: October 20, 2017 at 03:25 AM (#5558756)
JCI - I have to ask - how old are you?

Yeah, I'm an old geezer. I remember a LOT of Dodger World Series, especially against the Yankees. Wow - can it really be 29 years since a Dodgers series? And 36 years since Yanks vs Dodgers? Man - I am old. BTW - congrats to Dodger and Yankee fans......
   5. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 20, 2017 at 04:09 AM (#5558757)
BTW - congrats to Dodger and Yankee fans......


Did I sleep through Friday night?
   6. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 20, 2017 at 04:10 AM (#5558758)
[4] I'll give you a hint: the last time the Dodgers were in the World Series was the same year I was born.
   7. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 20, 2017 at 04:33 AM (#5558759)
2017?
   8. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: October 20, 2017 at 05:03 AM (#5558760)
Wow - can it really be 29 years since a Dodgers series? And 36 years since Yanks vs Dodgers?


If it happens get ready to hear about how this once-in-a-generation event proves baseball's economics are broken and we need to confiscate more money from both teams.
   9. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 20, 2017 at 05:26 AM (#5558762)
Oh good, I was hoping a thread about the Dodgers could turn into another discussion about the Yankees getting hosed by revenue sharing.
   10. manchestermets Posted: October 20, 2017 at 05:30 AM (#5558763)
If it happens get ready to hear about how this once-in-a-generation event proves baseball's economics are broken and we need to confiscate more money from both teams.


Then I'm sure you'll join the rest of us in praying that it doesn't happen.
   11. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: October 20, 2017 at 06:56 AM (#5558765)
Oh good, I was hoping a thread about the Dodgers could turn into another discussion about the Yankees getting hosed by revenue sharing


I didn't bring the Yankees into this discussion now did I?

But let's get beyond your petty whining. Let's say the nightmare happens, that the Yankees shrug off decades of focused effort to undermine their franchise and they return to the World Series to face the highest payroll in baseball. How long would you guess before the first "this proves baseball's economics are broken" article appears in a major publication?
   12. Random Transaction Generator Posted: October 20, 2017 at 07:02 AM (#5558766)
that the Yankees shrug off decades of focused effort to undermine their franchise


It's been decades since 2009?

HOW LONG HAVE I BEEN ASLEEP?!
   13. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: October 20, 2017 at 07:16 AM (#5558767)
The effort started in the 90s with the rise of confiscatory Budshovism. You've been asleep for a long time it seems. Time to get woke.
   14. The Duke Posted: October 20, 2017 at 07:30 AM (#5558768)
Yankees - Dodgers. America Great Again!!!
   15. Richard Posted: October 20, 2017 at 07:53 AM (#5558769)
The effort started in the 90s with the rise of confiscatory Budshovism. You've been asleep for a long time it seems. Time to get woke.

Oh, the injustice of it all. Why don't you leave MLB and play intra squad games? You can keep all the revenue you make playing in that Stadium that taxpayers helped to pay for.

   16. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 20, 2017 at 08:33 AM (#5558776)
[4] I'll give you a hint: the last time the Dodgers were in the World Series was the same year I was born.

And the first time I saw the Dodgers in the World Series was probably around the year your grandparents were in elementary school. The final game was saved by a guy named Bob Kuzava, a left handed relief pitcher who I doubt will ever be mistaken for Aroldis Chapman.
   17. stanmvp48 Posted: October 20, 2017 at 08:48 AM (#5558785)
Is Seager also out for the WS ?
   18. Spahn Insane, stimulus-funded BurlyMan™ Posted: October 20, 2017 at 09:15 AM (#5558804)
Nice work by the Dodgers, who were clearly the class of the NL this year. I wish the Cubs could've put up a better fight in the LCS, but they ran into a great, well-rested team that did everything right. (The Cubs also looked pretty gassed, but that's part of the price of being one of the lower seeds, with the resulting LDS dogfight. Let's give the Dodgers credit for helping make the Cubs look bad.)

I don't have a particularly strong rooting interest or disinterest from here on out; all three teams have a ton of talent and are fun to watch.
   19. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 20, 2017 at 09:28 AM (#5558813)
Congrats Dodger fans. That's a hell of a team. By the way of the ten playoff teams the Dodgers are the only one that was under .500 in September so score one for the "momentum don't mean a thing" crowd.

Is Seager also out for the WS ?


I think the expectation is that he will be on the roster.
   20. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 20, 2017 at 09:38 AM (#5558823)
   21. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: October 20, 2017 at 09:43 AM (#5558828)
Geez, Cubs, if you weren't even going to put up a fight, you should've let the Nats advance in your place.
   22. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: October 20, 2017 at 10:05 AM (#5558843)
James Fegan‏ @JRFegan 9h9 hours ago

Yasiel Puig explained why he licks his bat: "I make love to the bat and he pays me back with hits."
   23. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: October 20, 2017 at 10:17 AM (#5558850)
"I make love to the bat and he pays me back with hits."


TMI Yasiel, TMI.
   24. winnipegwhip Posted: October 20, 2017 at 10:19 AM (#5558852)
The effort started in the 90s with the rise of confiscatory Budshovism. You've been asleep for a long time it seems. Time to get woke.


I can list as far back as 1939-1940. Between those seasons the AL put in a rule that teams wouldn't be allowed to make trades with the defending AL champion. The 1939 Yankees were punished. After the Detroit Tigers beat the Yankees in 1940 (by 2 games) for the pennant the rule was rescinded.
   25. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2017 at 10:25 AM (#5558860)
The final game was saved by a guy named Bob Kuzava, a left handed relief pitcher who I doubt will ever be mistaken for Aroldis Chapman.

His neck tattoos were totally different, I assume.
   26. Zonk Tormundbane Posted: October 20, 2017 at 10:25 AM (#5558861)
Geez, Cubs, if you weren't even going to put up a fight, you should've let the Nats advance in your place.


Hey, I advocated this in the chatter last night.... as a Cubs fan.

If everybody wants agrees, then I'm perfectly fine returning the NLDS - whatever, is there a flag or title or somesuch? - and replaying the NLCS as Nats/Dodgers.

Who do we talk to about getting this scheduled?
   27. stanmvp48 Posted: October 20, 2017 at 10:27 AM (#5558866)
I wonder who will be dropped from the Dodger's roster
   28. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 20, 2017 at 10:28 AM (#5558868)
The Diamondbacks put up even less of a fight, so it really ought to be the Rockies and Dodgers in the NLCS.
   29. Kiko Sakata Posted: October 20, 2017 at 10:31 AM (#5558872)
Congratulations to the Dodgers on a much-deserved NL pennant!
   30. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 20, 2017 at 10:32 AM (#5558874)
I wonder who will be dropped from the Dodger's roster

Probably a reliever.




HA! I just wanted to see the look on your faces.
   31. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 20, 2017 at 10:35 AM (#5558880)
If the Yankees advance, they really need to drop Betances and Garcia. Montgomery and Warren can mop up any garbage time innings needed.

I'd say go with 10 pitchers to have extra PH for the NL games, but I'm not sure who they'd add. Austin? Wade? Clint Frazier?
   32. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 20, 2017 at 10:40 AM (#5558889)
Wouldn't they drop Holliday? He's only appeared in one game so far, although I guess he might be useful as a pinch-hitter for the games in L.A.
   33. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 20, 2017 at 10:58 AM (#5558907)
Wouldn't they drop Holliday? He's only appeared in one game so far, although I guess he might be useful as a pinch-hitter for the games in L.A.

For who? That's the big problem. Holliday hit lefties well this year. Headly and Ellsbury are your other potential bench bats, and both struggle vs. LH this year. Gardner struggled too.

Maybe take a shot on Miguel Andujar?
   34. weiss-man Posted: October 20, 2017 at 11:06 AM (#5558917)
For the pitcher! Yankees should also drop Betances.
   35. bfan Posted: October 20, 2017 at 11:09 AM (#5558921)

Yasiel Puig explained why he licks his bat: "I make love to the bat and he pays me back with hits."


He must have had erectile dysfunction last year.
   36. phredbird Posted: October 20, 2017 at 12:29 PM (#5558983)
nobody keeps the dodgers out of the world series for 30 years!
   37. Nose army. Beef diaper? (CoB) Posted: October 20, 2017 at 01:12 PM (#5559024)
Austin? Wade? Clint Frazier?


Drop Holliday and add all three.

Holliday hit lefties well this year. Headly and Ellsbury are your other potential bench bats, and both struggle vs. LH this year.


Holliday hasn't really hit ANYbody since coming back from Epstein-Barr.




   38. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 20, 2017 at 01:18 PM (#5559033)

Drop Holliday and add all three.


I would do that. Subtract Holliday, Betances, Garcia and add Austin, Wade, Frazier. Althouth, if they want Romine to catch Gray, a 3rd catcher might be better.
   39. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 20, 2017 at 01:42 PM (#5559053)
Nice work by the Dodgers, who were clearly the class of the NL this year.

That's true, but it's worth remembering that the National League continues to be the weaker league, at least measured by interleague play. If the Dodgers had played in the American League, they wouldn't have finished ahead of the Indians or Astros.. They're still a very good team, and a World Series match-up with the Yankees or Astro should be quite a battle.
   40. Nose army. Beef diaper? (CoB) Posted: October 20, 2017 at 01:50 PM (#5559060)
Althouth, if they want Romine to catch Gray, a 3rd catcher might be better.


Eh, if they make it, Gray will start at home and Sanchez will start at DH.

If it's necessary to PH for Romine, you lose the DH without the 3rd catcher, but if you had the 3rd catcher, you likely to want to PH in that the next time up anyway, so I'm not sure what good it does you ...

Gotta get past Houston in any case, I have a feeling Verlander's going to be very tough tonight.

   41. Zonk Tormundbane Posted: October 20, 2017 at 01:55 PM (#5559063)
I very much approve of all the Yankees look ahead jinxing and pray that it will be successful.
   42. Khrushin it bro Posted: October 20, 2017 at 02:32 PM (#5559105)
Good job Dodgers!

Yankees fans getting a little ahead of themselves here especially in Houston after Verlander pitched a complete game with 13 K's.
   43. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 20, 2017 at 02:43 PM (#5559118)
They're still a very good team, and a World Series match-up with the Yankees or Astro should be quite a battle.


Eh, they'll just flummox him with a treadmill.
   44. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 20, 2017 at 04:36 PM (#5559211)
Yankees fans getting a little ahead of themselves here especially in Houston after Verlander pitched a complete game with 13 K's.

They have a 70% chance of advancing, so we're talking about what happens if they do. There's no way anything on earth we say here has any impact on the outcome, so why not gab.

In any case, they're undefeated since I started posting "Let's go Yankees! Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap!" in the chatters, so that will counter any jinx ;-)
   45. Khrushin it bro Posted: October 20, 2017 at 04:53 PM (#5559226)
13 K's. Not 12 or 14. Plus this month had a Friday the 13th...
   46. Zonk Tormundbane Posted: October 20, 2017 at 05:04 PM (#5559231)
They have a 70% chance of advancing, so we're talking about what happens if they do. There's no way anything on earth we say here has any impact on the outcome, so why not gab.

In any case, they're undefeated since I started posting "Let's go Yankees! Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap!" in the chatters, so that will counter any jinx ;-)


The baseball gods that rain down the jinxes on sinful fans sneer at your pagan rituals...
   47. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 20, 2017 at 05:30 PM (#5559239)
I hope the Astros comeback, not because I'd prefer to play them, but because it would probably cause ticket prices to fall. When the Astros were up 2-0, I camouflaged get a WS game 2 ticket for around $800. Now it's over $1000. If the Yankees win, prices will go even higher, but they're already at the point where I'm not going to pay anyway.

[16] Nah, my grandparents were born in the 1920s, so they were adults by 1952. Neither of my parents had been born yet, though.
   48. Nose army. Beef diaper? (CoB) Posted: October 20, 2017 at 05:32 PM (#5559241)
I did some research and found the ticket I will most likely buy for Game 2 if the Yankees win, because it is probable (given historical outcomes for teams up 3-2) they will win and I think I will want to move quickly to secure a ticket before prices get even nuttier; however, since I do not suffer from hubris, I have not bought the ticket yet, because the Astros are a very good team and it is quite possible they will win the next 2 games at home.

Prudent planning without premature purchase offendeth not the baseball gods ... so I've been assured and I've got connections!

- Cult of BaseBaal

   49. Nose army. Beef diaper? (CoB) Posted: October 20, 2017 at 05:36 PM (#5559244)
I hope the Astros comeback, not because I'd prefer to play them, but because it would probably cause ticket prices to fall. When the Astros were up 2-0, I camouflaged get a WS game 2 ticket for around $800. Now it's over $1000. If the Yankees win, prices will go even higher, but they're already at the point where I'm not going to pay anyway.


Yeah, $800+ seems to be the "just to get in the damn door" price.
   50. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 20, 2017 at 06:07 PM (#5559248)
[16] Nah, my grandparents were born in the 1920s, so they were adults by 1952. Neither of my parents had been born yet, though.

My dad was born two months after the first World Series ended, and when my mom was born the Cubs were the reigning and soon to repeat champions. FAIK she might have been taken to the Merkle game.
   51. TomH Posted: October 20, 2017 at 08:26 PM (#5559289)
Yankees were about 2% to be WS champs when down 2-0 to Cleveland

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