Game 2 of the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals was the most-watched and highest-rated program in MLB Network history, the network announced Sunday.
An estimated 1.8 million viewers watched the game, breaking the record set by Game 2 of the 2012 American League Division Series between the Oakland A’s and Detroit Tigers.
Columnist Tom Hoffarth broke down exactly what that means here.
Did Don Mattingly leave Clayton Kershaw on the mound too long in Game 1 of the National League Division Series?
Did he take Zack Greinke out too quickly in Game 2?
The Dodgers’ manager doesn’t care how you answer those questions, and for that you can thank former Dodgers manager Joe Torre:
Matt Kemp is greeted by teammates and bubbles in the Dodgers’ dugout after his eighth-inning home run beat the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, 3-2. (John McCoy/staff photographer)
With one swing of the bat, Matt Kemp evened the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and Cardinals at one game apiece. The box score is here.
Like they have all season, the Dodgers got their money’s worth from Zack Greinke, writes Mark Whicker.
Don’t be fooled when MLB Network trumpets its ratings victories for this game tomorrow, writes Tom Hoffarth.
Harold Reynolds might believe the Cardinals are stealing signs, but he’s probably wrong.
Clayton Kershaw went 21-3 with a 1.77 earned-run average for the Dodgers in 2014. (Getty Images)
After the Dodgers evened the National League Division Series by beating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 on Saturday night, Clayton Kershaw was a possibility to start Game 4 Tuesday on short rest.
Adam Wainwright did not.
One of the theories that reporters floated by the Dodgers and Cardinals after Game 1 of the National League Division Series was that the Cardinals were stealing signs.
Hey, there weren’t many viable explanations for the Cardinals jumping Clayton Kershaw for six runs in the seventh inning.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said he considers those questions an insult.
Yadier Molina is in the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup for Game 2 of the National League Division Series, one day after the veteran catcher appeared to shove home plate umpire Jerry Meals during a benches-clearing incident:
“We heard a little bit from the league,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “Mostly about players that aren’t on the active roster and involvement, being on the field. Those sort of things. Just some simple reminders about how things are supposed to operate when you have a larger roster than what’s typical.”
The Dodgers — who are carrying five extra players beyond their 25-man NLDS roster — presumably heard the same warning.”
Matheny added, “I appreciate the fact that the umpires understand the intensity of a situation like that and there’s a bunch of people, and when emotions are running high, it’s just people and you don’t really see exactly who it is and what’s going on around you when you’re kind of being bumped and pushed.”
Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the National League Division Series:
The Dodgers’ 10-9 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday was the most-watched game ever on Fox Sports 1.
The 14-month old cable network attracted an audience of 3.595 million viewers for the game, according to fast national figures released Saturday by Nielsen.
Nielsen reports a 7.1 rating in the Los Angeles market (approximately 392,000 households) and a 17.4 rating in the St. Louis market for the game.
A see-saw battle left the Dodgers speechless after a 10-9 loss in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
Losing pitcher Clayton Kershaw and catcher A.J. Ellis tried to dissect the Cardinals’ eight-run seventh inning.
You can watch what a somber Kershaw said after the game here; the box score is here.