Well, Clayton Kershaw did not go 9 innings last night, but he was very dominant over 7 innings and he likely could have went at least another innng or two, but that is not how this new version of the Dodgers works. It was obvious before the game and during the game, that Clayton was intense, but not overly amped up. He said he treated it like any other start and I think he did. He could have went 8 innings… maybe 9 innings, but why? With Morrow and Jansen in the pen with several days of rest, why push it? Maybe he will pitch deeper in game 5 (if it goes that far), but it worked. The Dodgers won, so there’s that. It was very hot at game time so there is that too!
Last night we again saw that the Dodgers have a plan and they work that plan.We also saw a team that would not be denied. You can want to win. You can have a desire to win, but do you have the will to win? The will to win starts with a want, a desire, but that alone is not enough. Sometimes less talented teams win because they simply believe that they will win. That belief becomes their destiny. I believe these are Destiny’s Dodgers. They believe and contine to impose their will on winning, no matter what.
Tonight, it’s Justin Verlander verses Rich Hill. This should be another pitchers duel. but you never know. This is eaxtly what FAZ had in mind when they signed Rich Hill over the winter. It’s time to deliver on the Big Stage. Justin Verlander has been lights out since he came to Houston, but these are Destiny’s Dodgers. They will not be denied!
Doc has said that Corey Seager will go back to his familiar #2 spot tonight. Who will catch and play 2B is the question? I am sure Andre Ethier will be in LF. I would roll with this lineup:
- Taylor CF
- Seager SS
- Turner 3B
- Bellinger 1B
- Puig RF
- Ethier LF
- Barnes C
- Forstyhe 2B
Utley can’t catch up to the fastball anymore – that’s my opinion. Pull up a chair… enjoy the ride. These guys are on a mission!