Dodgers manager Don Mattingly on benching Yasiel Puig for Game 4 of NLDS.

ST. LOUIS >> Yasiel Puig was smiling Tuesday afternoon, cracking jokes, looking nothing like a man who’d just been benched for a playoff game for the first time in his major-league career.

He learned his fate the same way the rest of us at Busch Stadium did: by seeing Andre Ethier‘s name in the lineup card. But Puig said in Spanish that he didn’t need to talk to manager Don Mattingly about the decision.

We need to win that game,” Puig said. “I’m not working well on the field against St. Louis. It’s gone really bad in this series but … we’re doing the best we can. I’d like to hit every time I’ve gone up to bat, but haven’t been able to do so and I just win this game today with Ethier back there and with all of the guys that are playing. We know that we’re going to win with (Clayton) Kershaw on the mound and then continue at home with (Zack) Greinke.”

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Was home plate umpire Dale Scott applauding a Yasiel Puig strikeout Monday? (Video)

Well, the folks over at sure think so. And they have the video to prove it:

Was this what Matt Kemp was thinking when he said that Dale Scott should be disciplined?

Unfortunately we didn’t see the video before getting a chance to talk to Kemp on Tuesday.

Dodgers, Cardinals announce lineups for Game 4 of NLDS.


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ST. LOUIS >> The Cardinals are going for the kill at 2 p.m. Tuesday, while the Dodgers will look to extend their season another two days, in Game 4 of the NLDS at Busch Stadium.

Yasiel Puig gets his first day off of the series, while Andre Ethier will start in center field for the Dodgers and bat sixth.

Here are the lineups for both teams:

Dee Gordon 2B
Carl Crawford LF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Matt Kemp RF
Hanley Ramirez SS
Andre Ethier CF
Juan Uribe 3B
A.J. Ellis C
Clayton Kershaw P

Matt Carpenter 3B
Randal Grichuk RF
Matt Holliday LF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Matt Adams 1B
Yadier Molina C
Jon Jay CF
Kolten Wong 2B
Shelby Miller RHP

St. Louis Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1: ‘Terrible’ strike zone, bullpen blowup, season on the brink.

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Dodgers pitcher Scott Elbert reacts after giving up a two-run home run to St. Louis Cardinals’ Kolten Wong (background) during the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday. (Associated Press photo)

ST. LOUIS >> The Dodgers find themselves in a familiar position after a 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the NLDS. As Mark Whicker writes, we all know how it ended last year. Clayton Kershaw acknowledged the gravity of moment after being officially named the Dodgers’ Game 4 starter.

Matt Kemp called home plate umpire Dale Scott’s strike zone “terrible,” but the Dodgers’ bullpen was at least as bad.

The box score is here.

Report: St. Louis Cardinals catcher will be fined for shoving umpire in Game 1.

Major League Baseball will fine St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina for shoving umpire Jerry Meals during a fracas in the third inning of Game 1 of the National League Division Series, according to Jon Heyman of

From Heyman’s story:

The exact amount of the fine isn’t known, but it was said to an amount that isn’t insignificant, one designed to “get his attention,” people familiar situation said.

In case you missed it, here’s what Molina did:

MLB announces TV, some start times for the National League Championship Series.

Its participants have yet to be decided, but the National League Championship Series schedule was announced today by Major League Baseball:

Game 1: 5 p.m. PT Saturday on Fox.
Game 2: (time TBA) Sunday on on Fox Sports 1.
Game 3: (time TBA) Tuesday on Fox Sports 1.
Game 4: (time TBA) Wednesday on Fox Sports 1.
Game 5, if necessary: (time TBA) Thursday on Fox Sports 1.
Game 6, if necessary: (time TBA) Saturday on Fox.
Game 7, if necessary: (time TBA) Sunday on Fox Sports 1.

The San Francisco Giants lead the Washington Nationals 2-0 in their best-of-five NLDS. Game 3 is underway now in San Francisco.

If the Dodgers and Giants advance to the NLCS, Games 1, 2, 6 and 7 will be at Dodger Stadium. If the Dodgers and Nationals advance to the NLCS, Games 3, 4 and 5 will be at Dodger Stadium.

If the Cardinals advance to the NLCS, email me ( and I’ll personally tell you when and where to watch each game.

Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals announce lineups for Game 3 of NLDS.

While the Dodgers have used the same 1-8 batting order for the first three games of the National League Division Series, the Cardinals have mixed it up every game. Matt Adams, who has one hit and six walks in eight plate appearances, will bat fifth for the first time in Game 3.

Here’s more about the starting pitching matchup, and here are the full lineups for both teams:

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A postseason strike zone map, visualized. has a neat interactive strike-zone map that shows how every pitch in the postseason has been called so far.

The data is culled from the fantastic website

Looks like the Dodgers, specifically Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, have had a couple bad ball/strike calls go against them so far, but only a couple.