Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez (left) worked with Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman (right) in Tampa Bay from 2008-14. (Getty Images)
We mentioned Dave Martinez‘s candidacy here yesterday because it hadn’t been mentioned in a while.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported tonight that Martinez will interview with the Dodgers next week.
As we cautioned yesterday, don’t take Martinez’s late interview as a sign that he is in the back of the pack. Though Gabe Kapler is still seen as the front-runner, and Dave Roberts reportedly left a strong impression this week, Martinez’s last-minute interview might only have been held up by something as simple as a scheduling conflict.
Martinez’s familiarity with Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman — the two worked together in Tampa Bay from 2008-14 — might even give have a leg up in the race to replace Don Mattingly.
Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the National League Championship Series, the Chicago Cubs announced Thursday. The only question for the Cubs is whether Game 1 will be at Dodger Stadium or Citi Field, an issue that will resolve itself in tonight’s winner-take-all NLDS game between the Dodgers and Mets.
The Dodgers have only faced one left-handed starting pitcher in the postseason so far, Mets rookie Steven Matz in Game 4 on Tuesday. Lester is anything but a playoff newcomer, having pitched 91 career postseason innings to a 2.66 earned-run average in his career. Lester, 31, went 11-12 with a 3.34 ERA in his first season with the Cubs.
Looking two steps ahead, the Dodgers’ history against Lester falls into one of two camps: Those who haven’t faced Lester a lot, and those who have not hit him well.
CHICAGO — For the second straight year, the Starbucks across the street from Wrigley Field got a visit from a uniformed Dodgers rookie.
Joc Pederson, Mike Bolsinger and Adam Liberatore sojourned boldly into the air-conditioned confines this morning, absorbing the smells of espresso into their road-gray polyester threads. (You figure that Carlos Frias was excused because he is starting today against the Cubs.)
Pederson made a full-uniform run last September too. Call it a new tradition.
Of course, the moment isn’t quite embarrassing enough unless it’s shared on social media:
CHICAGO — Right fielder Yasiel Puig was scratched from the Dodgers’ lineup for the second consecutive day because of an open callus on the palm of his left hand.
Puig might be available to pinch run or pinch hit; manager Don Mattingly addressed his status this morning:
Alex Guerrero is playing left field, Scott Van Slyke is in right, and Alberto Callaspo was inserted to the lineup as the Dodgers’ third baseman. Here’s the full lineup for the 1 p.m. game against the Cubs:
CHICAGO — Justin Turner said he doesn’t consider himself a prototypical number-three hitter, but he did a prototypical number-three hitter thing in the Dodgers’ 5-2 win over the Cubs. The box score is here.
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has his eye on starting pitching as the trade deadline approaches.
Here are a few interviews from after the game: