If you didn’t know that quote was from Louis Pasteur, you would have no difficulty in believing that Clayton Kershaw said that. Clayton’s tenacity is his greatest strength – it also might be his greatest weakness. I know! I am wired the same way! While I was never a professional athlete, my best games came when I was under the weather or sick. I think that sometimes when healthy, I had “too much” adrenaline. Adrenaline can be a good thing, but here’s the definition of it:
a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, especially in conditions of stress, increasing rates of blood circulation, breathing, and carbohydrate metabolism and preparing muscles for exertion.“performing live really gets your adrenaline going”
Increased heart rate and circulation, coupled with increased carbohydrate metabolism causes you to wear out, to get tired and even crash at about the 7th inning. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. If Clayton could somehow control how amped up he is, then maybe he could avoid that “Seventh Inning Crash.” Until then, Doc had better get his hook out in the 6th. Really though, this is Clayton Kershaw’s team and if he comes out strong, the team will be inspired.
Jose Quintana is going for the Cubs today and it’s almost time for Dodgers baseball! LA has unfinished business and it’s a hard to stop a tight-knit group of people who have a common goal! Last year, the Cubs were the favorites and they lived up to that billing. This year, the shoe is on the other foot. The Dodgers are the favorites, but they have to deliver.
There’s a good chance Corey Seager will miss game one with back tightness. That issue could cause Joc Pederson to make the roster, so that CT3 can play SS if needed. However, I think Charlie Culberson will make the roster as a caddy for Corey. The Dodgers need Corey healthy and won’t push it… nor should they.
The roster will be out soon. I’m interested to see what they do. Maybe they drop el Gasolino and add another position player. Quintana can be very good at times. He has never pitched on such a big stage in such a big game.
My guess on the lineup today:
- Taylor CF
- Forsythe 2B
- Turner 3B
- Bellinger 1B
- Puig RF
- Grandal C
- Hernandez LF
- Culberson SS
- Kershaw P
Andrew Sopko pitched 3 innings and allowed 2 hits (one a HR) and walked and struck out zero to get the win yesterday. No other Dodgers played.
DODGERS NLCS ROSTER
Pitchers (11): Tony Cingrani, Yu Darvish, Josh Fields, Rich Hill, Kenley Jansen, Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, Brandon Morrow, Ross Stripling, Tony Watson, Alex Wood.
Catchers (3): Austin Barnes, Kyle Farmer, Yasmani Grandal.
Infielders (5): Cody Bellinger, Charlie Culberson, Logan Forsythe, Justin Turner, Chase Utley.
Outfielders (6): Curtis Granderson, Enrique Hernandez, Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor
El Gasolino is gone.
Will Barnes or Forsythe play LF? Get both of their bats in there.