SAN FRANCISCO — Brett Anderson collected two more bonus checks Thursday, made a strong final case to start Game 3 of the National League Division Series, and drew the Dodgers one game closer to home-field advantage to begin the series by beating the Giants. The box score is here.
SAN FRANCISCO — A playoff-clinching hangover was in full effect Wednesday. The Dodgers might have gained some clarity for their NLDS bullpen, but did little else in a 5-0 loss to the Giants. The box score is here.
Clayton Kershaw needs six strikeouts Sunday to become the first pitcher in 13 years to strike out 300 in a single season, but he’s voluntarily limiting his own chances of reaching the milestone.
Chandon Brut Classic is $264 a case. Kershaw’s pitching in the Dodgers’ 8-0, NL West-clinching win over the Giants was priceless. The box score is here.
Corey Seager has relegated Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers’ bench.
Kiké Hernandez returned from the disabled list after missing 27 games with a strained left hamstring. In the top of the 10th inning, he singled in his first at-bat since Aug. 30, and made a nice running catch in the bottom of the inning to preserve a 2-2 tie. He also singled in the 12th.
DENVER — The New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday to clinch the National League East. At 88-67, they’re in a virtual tie with the Dodgers (87-66) for the right to host the best-of-5 National League Division Series. Unless the San Francisco Giants stage a stunning comeback in the final nine games of the season, the Dodgers will play the Mets in the NLDS.
The Dodgers play the Colorado Rockies in an hour. Depending on the outcome, they’ll either be a half-game ahead or a half-game behind the Mets after today. New York has an off-day Monday, so the annoying half-game differential will disappear then.
Game 1 of the National League Division series is Friday, October 9. Game 2 is the following day. The series will then switch coasts for Game 3 on Monday, October 12.