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So, About Game 3 Of the NLDS Last Night…

I know the Dodgers have lost only two games this postseason, but doesn’t it feel like, I don’t know, 20? Even their Game 2 win, fueled by Matt Kemp‘s huge homer, was wrapped in J.P. Howell coughing up a late lead. Last night’s Game 3 was no different, with Scott Elbert doing the honors, and…

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What’s Wrong With J.P. Howell?

The story of Game 2 of the NLDS was largely about whether Don Mattingly should or shouldn’t have yanked Zack Greinke. It’s not a question anyone would have been asking if J.P. Howell had done his job, which was to get out lefties Oscar Taveras and Matt Carpenter. He didn’t, and so Mattingly’s choice became…

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Inside Zack Greinke’s Season-Saving Start

Last night’s game for the Dodgers was a must-win, and the Dodgers won. We’ll all remember J.P. Howell faltering and Matt Kemp delivering the lead in the bottom of the eighth, but Zack Greinke‘s fantastic start should not be overlooked. Greinke pitched seven innings, didn’t allow a run, and only allowed two hits. He struck…

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NLDS Game 2, Part 2: Zack Greinke’s game, so far

We’re through 5 1/2 innings, and it’s been the Zack Greinke show in Chavez Ravine tonight. He’s absolutely dealing and contributing on offense (2-for-2, run scored). He also contributed on the base paths by kinda avoiding a tag by Cardinals’ second baseman Kolten Wong. He tagged Greinke with an empty glove. The play was challenged…