OSS: Well, at least it's a slightly longer series.
- Albert Almora was the only Cubs player with a positive WPA on the day, thanks to a two run homer off of Kershaw in the fourth inning to give the Cubs a lead.
- They didn't end up with much to show for it, but Bryzzo were squaring up Kershaw pretty well early on. Hopefully that carries over to the next time they face him.
- Not a lot of other positives here, but of all the games in this series this has to be the one where the Dodgers were most favored given Kershaw, playing at home, and the Cubs emptying the pitching cupboard just to get here.
- The bullpen was not great, but that's not a huge surprise. Also the Dodgers are really good. I'd rather have seen Lackey come in right after Q came out of the game, but this feels like a pretty minor quibble. Monty had another bad outing, which sucks because he was one of the few relievers I trusted going into the playoffs.
- Quintana started out great, but seemed to run out of gas in his last inning. It's been a crazy couple of days for him, so I guess it's not that surprising. But it sucked to see him fall off so quickly.
- Ron Darling is a fucking meathead. He threw so much shade at Kershaw that they probably had to up the wattage of the lights, and he wouldn't shut up about the play at the plate rule that has been a part of the game for years, and was enacted for a reason.
- I forgot how much I despised the Dodgers organist/music guy last year. Nothing has changed on that front.
Next up: Jon Lester pitches on three days rest against Rich Hill. Hopefully we get shaky Rich HIll this time around.