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