Live updates from J.P. Hoornstra and Mark Whicker from Game 4 of the NLDS, Tuesday, Oct. 7. Game time is 2:07 p.m. (West Coast). Stay tuned for pregame news, play-by-play and postgame updates and commentary.
Token shot of the arch before I go.
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.
Here are the lineups for both teams:
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.
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 CBSsports.com.
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:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll personally tell you when and where to watch each game.
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:
The Philadelphia Phillies named Rafael Chaves, who spent the last six years in the Dodgers organization, as their minor-league pitching coordinator on Monday.
Chaves was one of three Special Assistants, Player Personnel in 2014 along with Jose Vizcaino and Aaron Sele. Chaves had been the Dodgers’ minor league pitching coordinator from 2009-13. He previously served as the Seattle Mariners’ pitching coach in 2006 and 2007.
FanGraphs.com 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 BaseballSavant.com.