The Dodgers lead the San Francisco Giants by six games in the National League West standings with 12 games left on the schedule. Clinching a berth in the playoffs is becoming a formality.
With that in mind, the Dodgers put tickets for potential National League Wild Card, NL Division Series and NL Championship Series home games on sale today at www.dodgers.com/postseason. (Tickets are not sold for a specific date, but for a corresponding home game in each postseason round.)
Below is a look at the possibilities for game days and such:
The turnaround time on making a T-shirt in 2016 is one of the underrated developments of the Information Age. On-demand screen tees — like Wikipedia entries and early seasons of The Office — leave no one longing for Blockbuster Video and slide rules.
Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson will be activated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday and start that night’s game against the Colorado Rockies.
Anderson, sidelined by a finger blister most of September, pitched a rehab game last Friday for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The left-hander allowed three hits and one run in five innings against the El Paso Chihuahuas, walking no one and striking out five. With the exception of a solo home run, he was able to limit the hard contact he allowed.
Anderson has made two major league starts after missing almost five months recovering from back surgery. He is 0-2, having recorded 12 outs and allowed 11 runs (24.75 ERA) in the games against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds.
Last year, Anderson went 10-9 with a 3.69 ERA in 31 starts for the Dodgers.
The rotation for the remainder of the four-game series remains to be determined. Continue reading →
Tonight’s game against the San Francisco Giants is on ESPN2. It won’t be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.
Tomorrow’s game against the Giants is on ESPN. It won’t be blacked out, either.
Better yet, ESPN will simulcast Vin Scully’s call of the fourth inning on SportsNet LA. For some, it will be their last chance to hear Scully call a game live. He is retiring after the season, in case you hadn’t heard.
The Spanish-language voice of the Dodgers, Jamie Jarrín, will join Jon Sciambi and Rick Sutcliffe in the booth during Wednesday’s game.
Bud Norris bides his time during batting practice in front of a Budweiser ad in the Dodger Stadium outfield. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers activated pitcher Alex Wood from the 60-day disabled list today, as expected. Pitcher Bud Norris was designated for assignment to make room for Wood on the 40-man roster.
“For our roster right now it just made sense to get Alex (Wood) going,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. (Video link.)
Wood will join the Dodgers bullpen. He’ll work as a situational lefty, and Roberts said Tuesday that he’d prefer to bring Wood in at the beginning of innings at the outset. He’s 1-4 with a 3.99 earned-run average in 10 starts this season, with 62 strikeouts in 56 ⅓ innings.
Norris had a 6.54 earned-run average in 13 games (nine starts) for the Dodgers this season. He took Clayton Kershaw‘s place in the rotation when Kershaw went down with a back injury in June. But he never had a regular role after being felled by a back injury in his final start of July. By September, he’d been relegated to the bullpen.
Norris recently told me that he chose entrance music that was both good and underappreciated. He chose this for his last home start on Aug. 26 against the Chicago Cubs: