Dodgers @ Giants Sept. 29, 2015: Do The Thing

Dodgers
Giants
7:10 p.m.
San Francisco, Ca.
CF
Hernandez
CF
Pagan
2B
Kendrick
2B
Tomlinson
1B
Gonzalez
3B
Duffy
3B
Turner
C
Posey
SS
Seager
RF
Byrd
LF
Ruggiano
SS
Crawford
C
Ellis
LF
Williamson
RF
Van Slyke
1B
Frandsen
P
Kershaw (L)
P
Bumgarner (L)

Look, this is a game that matters, so we’re tag-teaming this.

Brim:

Hey Dodgers. Do the thing.

Clayton Kershaw is pitching, which means tonight is as good a time as any. Madison Bumgarner is going for the Giants, which means that clinching today would be even sweeter (though, that much harder). Bumgarner is a lefty, so Joc Pederson is sitting in favor of Enrique Hernandez. That platoon makes way more sense than the Chris Heisey one. Notably not platooned, however, is Corey Seager, who starts over Jimmy Rollins. Good.

I really haven’t been paying much attention over the last few days as work gets in the way, and it really strikes me that I have no idea who half of the players on the Giants are. What is a Mac Williamson? The baseball reference linker we use doesn’t know that he exists, that’s how generic he is. FanGraphs has him as Johnathan Williamson, which is even more nondescript, but only barely.

Mike:

Yeah, I wrote the “game that matters” intro, and yeah, I’m the guy who’s been saying for a while that no, none of this matters. And really, this one doesn’t either, not unless the Dodgers get swept and turn this into an actual thing. But you know what, it does matter tonight, when it’s Kershaw vs. Bumgarner, when the “knock it off with the freaking out, everyone, you’re being annoying” is slowly turning into “okay, fine, I get it.”

The Dodgers are going to the NLDS no matter what, and when that kicks off late next week no one’s going to care about what happened on Sept. 29. But man, I’ve had just about enough of this. It’s time to finish this off. This is why Kershaw exists. This is the time. Now is the now.

About Daniel Brim

Daniel Brim
Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area but doesn't live there anymore. He still watches the Dodgers and writes about them sometimes.