NLCS Game 6: Kershaw. Wacha.

October 18, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Posted in 2013 NLCS, Game Threads | Leave a comment

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Clayton Kershaw. Michael Wacha. A Dodger Game 6, for the first time in 25 years. If you’re not bouncing off the walls yet, with the Dodgers down 3-2, you might be doing it wrong.

But as you’ve surely heard by now, Hanley Ramirez will not be in the lineup as the Dodgers try to extend their season by one more day. As I wondered about this morning, it seems that his ribs are so painful that it’s not worth having him in the lineup; Don Mattingly said that Ramirez “feels worse than yesterday,” and that they aren’t even sure if he will be able to pinch hit.

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

While disappointing, I think we all know that it’s the right move. Ramirez looked to be in terrible pain over the last few days, and if it’s actually worse now, I’m impressed that he can even walk. But if he can’t even pinch hit, that does mean that we’ll be seeing more double play opportunities for Michael Young, which I’m sure we’ll all love.

Without Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez moves up to third and Yasiel Puig hits fourth, as Don Mattingly makes good on his intention to split lefties Gonzalez and Andre Ethier. On the St. Louis side, Shane Robinson takes Jon Jay‘s place in center; Mike Matheny says that he wants to add another righty bat against Kershaw, but somehow I doubt that Jay’s hilarious defensive play in center doesn’t play into it.

Anyway, all the talk, and horrendous Bob Nightengale columns, are behind us. It’s time for baseball, and Kershaw against Wacha is more than fans could ask for. Enjoy.

(Update: and then just before game time, Ramirez IS in. Insanity.)

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