Don’t Stop Believin’

“Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to the feelin’
Streetlights, people”

~Journey

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NLDS-Game 5-The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate. The Dodgers defeated the Nationals 4-3. Wednesday, October 13, 2016. Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2016

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Dodgers’ Postseason Fate Lies on Shoulders of Offense

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It wasn’t long ago that much of the overall success of the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ organization was primarily credited to extremely strong roots in the club’s pitching program. While the main philosophy really hasn’t changed moving forward, the 2016 season deviated a bit from the norm, mainly because of the high number of injuries and the fact that upper management has been entrusting the future of the pitching staff to the youngsters, who may be only a season or two away from stardom.

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Dodgers Bullpen Could Play Huge Role in NLDS Decider

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As far as predictions go, it’s been almost impossible to even come close to the scripts played out so far by the Dodgers and the Nationals in the 2016 NLDS. And with the winner-take-all Game 5 previews pouring out everywhere in the baseball blogosphere, there’s a good chance that none of them approach what’s on tap in the season finale. Continue reading “Dodgers Bullpen Could Play Huge Role in NLDS Decider”

Dodgers’ Victory Forces Decisive Game 5 Against Nationals

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The good news is that the Dodgers ultimately did what they needed to do, defeating the Nationals 6-5 and forcing a decisive Game 5 in the nation’s capital on Thursday. The bad news is both the starting rotation and bullpen are nearly exhausted, outside of a 20-year-old rookie southpaw just waiting to have his shot at stardom.

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Maybe

“Yesterday the odds were stacked
In favor of my expectations
Flyin’ above the rest
Never fallin’ from the nest
Tuesday came and went and now
I’m in a little situation”

~Alison Krauss

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Dodgers Hope Bats Reignite in Return to Los Angeles

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PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 12: Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of a MLB game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Whenever the Dodgers‘ bats decided to hibernate with runners in scoring position during the regular season, they seemed to do so with a vengeance. Such was the case in Game 2 of the NLDS on Sunday afternoon. The Boys in Blue had control through three innings behind a Corey Seager solo home run and an RBI single by Josh Reddick, but were lulled to sleep shortly thereafter, eventually falling 5-2 to the Nationals and seeing the series become tied at one game apiece.

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Hill, Dodgers Look to Extend NLDS Advantage

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Sep 30, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill (44) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

(Editor’s note: Game 2 has been postponed until Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern/10:00 a.m. Pacific. Games 3 and 4 remain unchanged, and will be played on Monday and Tuesday in Los Angeles.)

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The Edge of Glory

“I’m on the edge of glory and I’m hangin’ on a moment of truth
Out on the edge of glory and I’m hangin’ on a moment with you

I’m on the edge of glory
And I’m hangin’ on a moment with you
I’m on the edge with you”

~Lady Gaga

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Dave Roberts–Los Angeles Dodgers workout Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Nationals Park in Washington,DC. Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2016

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A Quick Peek Inside the Washington Nationals Clubhouse

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Aug 2, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) looks on during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 11-0. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

While the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ 25-man roster for the NLDS, including the initial trio in the starting rotation, has already been set, the Washington Nationals have yet to commit to a working roster or even a starting pitching scheme beyond Max Scherzer in Game 1.

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Dodgers 2016 Playoff Roster Projections: Final Edition

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(Update: On Tuesday evening, Dave Roberts revealed to media that Dodgers will carry three catchers on NLDS roster, meaning Austin Barnes will be on 25-man. He also said Charlie Culberson has made roster, while Enrique Hernandez will be sent back to Arizona to stay hot. Julio Urias will be Dodgers Game 4 starter if Kershaw doesn’t come back on short rest. Seven-man bullpen will consist of Jansen, Blanton, Baez, Dayton, Fields, Avilan and Stripling.)

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