Last nights game was all about a portly Korean, a Cuban refugee, a Dominican Superstar playing in great pain, an American-bearded psycho, a former prima donna playing on one leg, a Curaçaoan closer and junkyard dogism!
Love him or hate him, Bill Plaschke of The LA Times can write and boy did he write a good one last night. In describing the decision of Hanley and Andre to play with fractured bones, he wrote this:
Together, they strapped it on. Together, they figured it out as they went. And, man, did they go, cringing and stumbling and swinging and soaring and somehow helping the Dodgers to a 3-0 victory over the Cardinals to close the series deficit to two games to one.
We have oft suspected that Andre was all about Andre and Hanley has had that rap for some time, but AJ Ellis, who just says things the way they really are, confirmed as much, but also stated that they had changed:
“Both of these guys have had [reputations] of being more about themselves than about the team, probably in our clubhouse too, but both of these guys have been about winning all year.”
There you have it. No guts, no glory and they had the guts last night. Before the game, I wrote that it would take a miracle to win. Ryu has been frightfully bad in some of his last starts and Yasiel Puig was 0-10 in the series. I said that the portly Korean and the Cuban refugee would have to lead the charge and they did!
Ryu pitched the game of his life and Puig re-energized the team with key hits and hustle. The team hit behind runners, moved runners, challenged throws and played baseball the way it was intended. Carl Crawford’s hook slide scored the last of 3 runs, but one would have been enough for the Korean Kannon!
But now we have to come back to reality. The reality is “can Hanley and Andre continue to play, and should Ricky Nolasco start game 4?“ It appears that the Dodgers have made the decision to start Zach Greinke on 3 days rest and skip Nolasco who was really bad in his last few starts. Let’s not forget that Ryu was bad too and he turned it around.
I won’t second-guess this decision because it’s just a matter of opinion, but it does seem to me that Ricky Nolasco will have to pitch somewhere in this series for the Dodgers to win, or are the Dodgers banking on Greinke and Kershaw to win games 4 and 5 and then back to the Koean Kannon for clinching game 6. If there’s a game 7, it would have to be a well-rested Ricky Nalasco, unless you bring Greinke and Kershaw back for once last shot.
It should prove to be interesting…