Open thread, NLDS Game 3

Here’s the stakes: If the local nine lose tonight the season will hang on the shoulders of Freddy Garcia, and even if he wins the Braves would have to beat the best pitcher in baseball to advance to the NLCS.

Fortunately, we have the right pitcher pitcher on the mound. April aside, Julio T. was arguably the ace of the staff, The Dodgers, meanwhile, counter with a pitcher who may well be injured, despite what Don Mattingly says.

There’s what they say and what they do, and then somewhere is the truth.

Which is where you’re kinda left after the Dodgers tried to explain away Hyun-Jin Ryu throwing an odd bullpen session Friday in Atlanta while Manager Don Mattingly, team doctor Neal ElAttrache and vice president of medical services Stan Conte looked on.

Husbands arriving home in the wee hours with lipstick on their collars and reeking of bourbon don’t look half as suspicious.

Ryu is tough, but the alternative would be Chris Capuano, who has a 2.61 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 76 career innings against the Braves.

The line-up remains unchanged.

Heyward cf JUpton rf Freeman 1b Gattis lf McCann c CJohnson 3b Simmons ss EJohnson 2b Teheran p

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14 Comments on Open thread, NLDS Game 3

  1. Jack Straw // October 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm //

    I knew Capuano pitched like Seaver against us.
    Yes, this is the most favorable match-up we can get. And you are right, this game is more important to us than to LA.
    Tehran is gonna puree the bastards!! Just like Avery in ’91!

  2. Thud.

  3. RJR Squeeze // October 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm //

    I am starting to throw shit.

  4. Nah. This is gonna be a high scoring game. Neither team is done yet.

  5. Jack Straw // October 6, 2013 at 9:20 pm //

    Ha! Tied up! Ryu melting down.

  6. Was hoping to get at least one more that inning. Capuano is coming in soon.

  7. Sharon Egan // October 6, 2013 at 9:26 pm //

    Ritalin for the amped-up Teheran, please.

  8. Greenville Braves // October 6, 2013 at 9:48 pm //

    Lord have mercy. Come on, boys!

  9. RJR Squeeze // October 6, 2013 at 10:05 pm //

    Rookies look like ass tonight.

  10. Can’t watch anymore…I’ll check back later once I know the game is done. Between Hanley and Capuano it’s too much…

  11. Oh hi, Dread. There you are!!!

  12. pepefreeus // October 7, 2013 at 12:26 am //

    Glad Fredi reamed the whole bullpen out. Not much chance we’ll need them tomorrow or anything…

    Look, whatever happens, this is a really young team with a lot of good things in it’s future.

    Especially if it ever gets a Manager.

  13. Sharon Egan // October 7, 2013 at 10:05 am //

    Sigh. A lineup with virtually no margin for error plays Little League defense for the second time in three games. Heyward’s mispositioning in center might excuse his poor read on that ball off the wall, but there is no excuse for him two-hopping the throw to third – and off line, to boot.

  14. Thought our pitching would be our strength. Everything Tehran and Wood threw was up and over the plate. Not gonna win many playoff games without better starting pitching.

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