Dodgers 2 Padres 1: Home Field Advantage
Oct 3, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) in the sixth inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The Dodgers will spend the first, second, and potentially 5th games at home in the NLDS thanks to an 8 IP, 1R 8 K, 1 BB performance by Zack Greinke and the Dodgers won their 91st game of the season (pretty good) against the San Diego Padres 2-1.
Justin Turner hit a first inning dinger, and Adrian Gonzalez had the most gritty productive at bat in all of baseball, the run scoring double play (exciting!!).
Also Yasiel Puig went 1-3 in his return to the lineup, I hope he is at full speed for a potential NLCS, because there is little chance he is put on an NLDS roster if he can’t even run 100% (he looked a bit gimpy tonight).
While this wasn’t a playoff caliber team, and while Greinke did give up a dinger to Austin Hedges -which should be cause for n auto DFA-, this is the type of game we ideally figure to see in the NLDS, scratch out a couple of runs, rely on Greinke/Kershaw to be impeccable, and go 8 innings and have Kenley Jansen close the danged door.
It has worked in the past, so it’s something that should be repeated!
Zack Greinke ends his historic season at a 1.66 ERA, something truly absurd over the course of 222.2 innings. I try to put it into words but to think that every 9 innings he only allowed well below 2 runs a sample, is just insane, by run prevention standards, I wonder if we’ll ever see a similar season.
The Dodgers wrap up the 2015 regular season tomorrow and all that matters is who will be the worst player manager in at least one year (by simply not being Juan Uribe) at this point.