NLCS Game 1: Let’s Get This Party Started

buschstadiumAndre Ethier is back! …And he’s hitting seventh, for just the second time since 2009. And people aren’t pleased by that, because there’s always something to complain about.

Normally, I’d be on board with that. Mark Ellis was one of the lesser Dodger hitters in the NLDS, and is one of the weaker bats in the lineup overall. You don’t generally want those guys getting the most plate appearances, and you especially don’t want Hanley Ramirez batting without men on base. Ethier has at least homered off of Cards starter Joe Kelly before, while Ellis is hitless in eight tries.

Dodgers
Cardinals
LF
Crawford
2B
Carpenter
2B
M.Ellis
RF
Beltran
SS
Ramirez
LF
Holliday
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Adams
RF
Puig
C
Molina
3B
Uribe
CF
Jay
CF
Ethier
3B
Freese
C
A.Ellis
SS
Kozma
P
Greinke
P
Kelly

But tonight, I think it’s important to remember that Ethier has barely played in an entire month, and putting him out there in center field represents a pretty sizable risk, given what we’ve heard about the state of his ankle. If it quickly becomes apparent that this isn’t going to work and that you need Skip Schumaker out there, well, I don’t think any of us wants to see him batting any higher than is absolutely necessary.

If Ethier holds up, you can play with the order in a later game; for now, I don’t mind it. Besides, suddenly a 6/7/8 of Juan Uribe, Ethier, and A.J. Ellis, well, that’s not a bad bottom of the order at all. (Especially with Zack Greinke hitting too.)

We learned a little more about the pitching staff  – Hyun-jin Ryu will start Game 3 and Ricky Nolasco 4, as expected, and Chris Capuano is not hurt — but that’s a discussion for another time. For now? NLCS IS GO.

Fri 10/11Sat 10/12Sun 10/13Mon 10/14Tues 10/15Wed 10/16Thurs 10/17
RR. Belisario9105
LJ.P. Howell152026
RK. Jansen51626
RC. Marmol26
RB. Wilson281411
RC. Withrow2544
RE. Volquez

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2655 comments
Bull Doggy Dogg
Bull Doggy Dogg

A lot of people talk about our dangerous lineup but this game feels par for the course.

RexS
RexS

Would Lopes bunt less?

baeksu
baeksu

He never tagged Ellis.

baeksu
baeksu

Gonzo would have been better than Young there.  And it would have been nice to have Gordon on 3rd.  But hindsight is 20/20 and all that.


SteveLyonsFan
SteveLyonsFan

WHen I saw ellis running to third base, it reminded me of how the dodger got eliminated from postseason contention in 2011 

JonathanLingo
JonathanLingo

so, rosenthal not available tomorrow, I guess?

Dang88
Dang88

Rosenthal again great

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

Uh guys, this is EXACTLY what Gnats fans had against Wilson.

JonathanLingo
JonathanLingo

that was a home park umpiring in the bottom half of the inning

J.O.
J.O.

"not everyone can hit like bryce harper"

.274?

RexS
RexS

Time for Napa cab refill.

KMT59
KMT59

Get Wilson the win again!!

The big hippo
The big hippo

How many pitches did wilson throw? i doubt he can pitch another one

shawnc22
shawnc22

so...predictions on which team pays wilson to be their closer next year? has to be either the nats or cubs right?

Scroogie
Scroogie

Captain Obvious: This is fun.

Noel D
Noel D

LAD 2

STL, + TBS, + UMPS 2

efb
efb

RUNZ RUNZ RUNZ TUNZ PLSAZAEFs

zeroami
zeroami

I think Wilson said FUCK as he walked back to the dugout.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

Typical Wilson... always was a roller coaster ride.

J.O.
J.O.

marte would have dropped that.

I say that from experience

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

wow, man that out was like popping valium.