Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ NLCS Game 4 recap

On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared and I recap a disappointing Game 4. We’re still optimistic for the series, but last night was kind of a reality check.

The Dodgers got behind early, as they have in all four games of this series. The Cubs scored all three of their runs on solo home runs, including two by Javier Baez on pitches that may not have been in the strike zone. Willson Contreras also hit a ball I don’t think has landed yet.

Cody Bellinger answered with a solo homer of his own, and future NLCS MVP (hopefully) Justin Turner would hit one later. But it was a game of missed opportunities for the Dodgers. They left too many runners on and couldn’t get that timely hit when they needed it.

Alex Wood was fine, especially after not having pitched for three-plus weeks, but he also allowed those three solo homers. The velocity didn’t bounce back, so his role going forward might be in question. We shall see.

Curtis Granderson and Chase Utley certainly shouldn’t start another game in this postseason, and probably shouldn’t even be on the next series roster, should they make it.

Clayton Kershaw goes tonight. We will be inundated with talk of the postseason narrative, but it’s time for him to shove. Please. I’m tired of making excuses. Just win. Oh, and the bats showing up tonight would also be good.

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About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.