2013 NLDS Game 1: Dodgers @ Braves

October 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Posted in 2013 NLDS, Game Threads | Leave a comment

turnerThe last time there was Dodger playoff baseball, Vicente Padilla started in a game against the Phillies that had Ronnie Belliard hitting second. (Because he was the second baseman, obviously. Second basemen hit second.) Clayton Kershaw pitched two innings in relief; since Matt Kemp & Andre Ethier are obviously not starting tonight, not a single Dodger from the starting lineup that day are starting tonight, and five of the nine didn’t even play in MLB this season.

So to say it’s been a long time since the Dodgers were playing meaningful baseball in October… well, it’s not quite the Pirates around here, but yeah, it’s been a while. There’s a different manager, a different owner, mostly different players, a changed ballpark, and a new television network on the way. (Along with a general manager who just seems to keep on surviving, no matter what.)

Dodgers
Braves
LF
Crawford
CF
Heyward
2B
M.Ellis
RF
J.Upton
SS
Ramirez
1B
Freeman
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Gattis
RF
Puig
C
McCann
3B
Uribe
3B
C.Johnson
CF
Schumaker
SS
Simmons
C
A.Ellis
2B
E.Johnson
P
Kershaw
P
Medlen

After a disappointing 2010, an embarrassing 2011 that saw more action in the courts than on the field, and a head-spinning 2012, it’s finally time again — and this time, Kershaw’s not going to be making appearances in relief.

Tonight, we have Kershaw — rightfully known as the best pitcher in the game — against Kris Medlen. We have Ethier dying to play the Kirk Gibson role, and we have to stomach Skip Schumaker as the starting center fielder in the meantime. We have a hopefully healthy Hanley Ramirez, we have A.J. Ellis getting a shot at the playoffs 10 years after being drafted, and we have whatever it is that Yasiel Puig is going to bring on the national stage. (Hopefully, something that terribly angers Brian McCann, but maybe that’s just me.)

We’ve waited a long time for this, friends. Break out the bourbon or whatever strikes your fancy. It’s time for Dodger playoff baseball.

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