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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Inside the historic first inning that saved the Los Angeles Dodgers’ season

This outburst started at 5:07 p.m. local time with Mookie Betts chopping a ball down the third-base line and legging out a ball that a replay review turned into a single. Seager scored him with a double. Following groundouts by Justin Turner and Muncy, the Dodgers went double, walk, homer, homer, walk, pitching change, walk, single, hit by pitch, grand slam. In the inning, they hit five balls at 105-plus mph. They feasted on fastballs, with six of their seven hits coming off heaters. By the time 5:39 p.m. rolled around and Dayton struck out Will Smith, the Dodgers had turned those among the crowd of 10,664 at Globe Life Field wearing Braves jerseys into human mute buttons.

There was, as Atlanta learned last year, no answer for an inning like that: The Braves had experienced it in the first inning of their win-or-go-home Game 5 in the division series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Because this one came with a far better cushion—one more time, just in case you forgot, Atlanta still leads this series—it wasn’t nearly as painful. But one wouldn’t deem it pleasant, either.

“Quite honestly, we’re in better shape than if we grinded out a 7-5 loss,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “We wanted to win the game and all, but when you look, I can say the last four hours were not a lot of fun. If we had to lose the game, that probably was the best possible way.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 15, 2020 at 10:10 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 15, 2020 at 11:07 AM (#5983116)
Dodgers are actually in about as good a position as a team down 2-1 can be. The Braves are doing a bullpen game today after their starter couldn’t get out of the first yesterday. And then probably game 5 as well, whereas the Dodgers have 5 quality starters. The no off days format really works to the Dodgers’ advantage.
   2. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: October 15, 2020 at 11:54 AM (#5983134)
I don't know about others, but I'm really torn on the no off day format. On the one hand, I really like the fact that it plays out like regular season baseball: you are forced to use at least your 4th starter and probably your 5th, with your bullpen bearing a heavy workload. I like to see teams that built for the regular season get an advantage in the postseason.

The two counterpoints to that are: 1) I've gotten so used to the off days in the postseason that it's a little bit jarring not to have them; and 2) With the way teams use their minor league system now, this format is almost punitive. I'm sure it happens more often than I think, but I feel like most teams have at least one pitching staff call-up and demotion in any given week. So teams aren't used to having to use the same...14 (?!?!?!?) pitchers for a week straight any more.

Having a staff of 14 pitchers is ridiculous, though, and should be banned. Make 11 pitchers the maximum and tell them to throw the ball slower so they can throw more innings. Bah, humbug.
   3. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: October 15, 2020 at 12:16 PM (#5983140)
I love the no-day-off policy. Both as a viewer, and also as a roster usage factor.

These teams have not played a lot of games this month. Braves and Dodgers have played 6 games in the last 14 days. Each team had 3 days off before the LCS.

The Rays have the highest usage, with 9 games in 10 days. But they had four days off before that run.

   4. JJ1986 Posted: October 15, 2020 at 12:55 PM (#5983147)
I don't like giving credit to MLB for anything anymore, but a postseason series with no off days is the best.
   5. The Duke Posted: October 15, 2020 at 01:48 PM (#5983161)
No off days is wonderful. It’s the one innovation this year I love
   6. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: October 15, 2020 at 02:04 PM (#5983173)
I think on balance I prefer no off-days, and would like to see it going forward.
   7. Rally Posted: October 15, 2020 at 02:10 PM (#5983176)
The milliseconds between when Mookie's foot hit the base and the ball hit Freeman's glove amounted to an 11 run swing. If the original call of out was correct, then double, and two ground outs ends the inning. Of course, if we assume that later events would have unfolded in the same fashion, Wright would have been knocked out of the second inning.

No off days is wonderful. It’s the one innovation this year I love


Me too. They should keep that going, even if back in regular ballparks next year. Teams play games after traveling all the time in the regular season. Reward the teams that have pitching depth.
   8. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: October 15, 2020 at 03:34 PM (#5983206)
There was, as Atlanta learned last year, no answer for an inning like that: The Braves had experienced it in the first inning of their win-or-go-home Game 5 in the division series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Because this one came with a far better cushion—one more time, just in case you forgot, Atlanta still leads this series—it wasn’t nearly as painful. But one wouldn’t deem it pleasant, either.


It is nothing short of extraordinary the way this passage uses punctuation. Commas like a nineteenth-century lawyer with random em dashes and a completely incorrect use of a colon. I dare anyone to read it aloud and not either stumble or run out of breath.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: October 15, 2020 at 05:55 PM (#5983231)
Once we're back to normal, you need off days for travel. Neutral sites make no off-days possible and I'm still surprised they haven't put at least one in per 7-game series but I like that they didn't. Not that an off-day would rule it out but G7 of the WS just might come down to bullpen game vs. 5th starter which is not exactly the classic match-up we have in mind.
   10. salvomania Posted: October 16, 2020 at 02:12 PM (#5983362)
It is nothing short of extraordinary the way this passage uses punctuation. Commas like a nineteenth-century lawyer with random em dashes and a completely incorrect use of a colon. I dare anyone to read it aloud and not either stumble or run out of breath.

Agree about the misused colon (should be a semicolon), but I like it overall, especially the em-dash clause. I wish more writing was like this.
   11. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 16, 2020 at 05:46 PM (#5983409)
misused colon
Pro tip: Do not Google this.
   12. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: October 17, 2020 at 12:48 PM (#5983515)
For the sake of fan interest, I hope the Dodgers can pull this off. An all-south World Series, especially a Braves/Astros World Series, would not be good for ratings. Dodgers/Astros would, and Dodgers/Rays has some intrigue. I agree the no-off-days is great.
   13. puck Posted: October 17, 2020 at 03:26 PM (#5983535)
The World Series is on the regular schedule though...games 1/2, off day, games 3-5*, off day*, games 6-7*. (*if needed, etc.)
   14. flournoy Posted: October 17, 2020 at 03:41 PM (#5983537)
An all-south World Series, especially a Braves/Astros World Series, would not be good for ratings.


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