The Miami Marlins took down the Cincinnati Reds in 5 games in the NLDS. You can read previous installments on this season at the links below:
A Brief History
Spring Training Through Opening Day
March and April
MLB First Year Player Draft
June Through The Trade Deadline
August And September
We now take on the Los Angeles Dodgers for the National League Pennant.
The Dodgers had a great regular season – finishing with a 105 – 57 record. They also produced Cy Young Award Winner Clayton Kershaw, Batting Title holder Justin Turner, and Reliever of the Year Kenley Jensen. Oh yeah, they have also been to the previous two World Series – losing both.
Justin Turner is definitely someone that I need to worry about, but the Dodgers also have Cody Bellinger providing pop from the cleanup spot.
The Dodgers have a good stretch in their lineup from 2-5, all players that I need to be worried about hitting the ball out of the yard at any moment. Outside of those four hitters – I am comfortable with my pitching staff attacking anyone. We just need to be careful with Justin Turner, Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, and Joc Pederson.
The Marlins lineup lived up to their expectations in the first round of the playoffs. We do have two struggling bats in the lineup with Johan Camargo and Adalberto Mondesi.
The Dodgers took an early lead in the bottom of the second. Joc Pederson hit a solo home run to start the inning off. They were able to manufacture another run with a sac fly to go up 2-0.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Justin Turner hit a solo shot to add an extra run to their lead.
In the top of the 5th, Johan Camargo got a run back for the Marlins, with a solo homerun of his own to make the score 3-1 in favor of the Dodgers.
In the bottom of the 7th Justin Turner hit his second homerun of the night, putting the Dodgers in front 4-1.
That is how the game ended. The Dodgers brought Kenley Jensen in to close out the 9th.
Justin Turner ended the game with two homeruns and Walker Buehler was electric on the mound. He threw 8 strong innings while only allowing a single earned run.
After the game 1 loss I decided to mix things up and give Julio Teheran his first postseason start. He was well rested and ready to go. We had Teheran vs Hyun-Jin Ryu on the mound.
Adalberto Mondesi has struggled at the plate with a .136 AVG – I gave Kike Hernandez the start at shortstop. He thrives against lefties and has the extra incentive of playing against his old squad.
With the first pitch of the game Johan Camargo singled up the middle. Christian Yelich flew out to right field. Jose Martinez lined a single up the middle. With 1st and 2nd and one out Vladamir Guerro Jr. grounded into a fielders choice. That brought Max Muncy up with 1st and 3rd and 2 outs. Muncy singled to left field scoring Camargo. Marlins up 1-0.
In the top of the 3rd Yelich hit a solo homerun to put the marlins up 2-0.
The top of the 5th started off with back-to-back-to-back singles with Yelich, Martinez and Guerrero Jr. The Marlins were somehow unable to score after that great start to the inning.
Jorge Alfaro led off the 6th with a single. Yelich came up with two outs and hit his second homerun of the game, putting the Marlins up 4-0.
Dave Johnson pinch hit for the Dodgers to lead off the bottom of the 6th and hit a solo homerun. That put the Dodgers down by three runs, and unfortunately for them – that was the only damage they could do offensively. The score remained the same as the Marlins took home the victory 4-1.
Teheran was solid throughout the night and stayed in to finish out the game. He ended his night with 10 Ks and only allowed 2 hits.
Christian Yelich was the difference in this game. He had an incredibly night at the plate and just about single-handedly won this at the plate for the Marlins.
The series was tied heading back to Miami. Kike Hernandez once again started at SS, as the Dodgers were throwing lefty Clayton Kershaw. I had Chris Archer on the mound.
The game was scoreless until the top of the 4th inning when Cody Bellinger hit his first homerun of the series, a solo shot.
With two runners on, and 2 outs in the top of the 5th inning, Cory Seager singled in a run to put the Dodgers up 2-0. The Dodgers put another run across the plate in the 6th, ending Chris Archer’s night on the mound.
In the 7th, Bellinger singled with 2 outs, bringing up Joc Pederson to the plate. Pederson hit a two run bomb to put the Dodgers up by 5.
The Dodgers scored again in the 9th, going up 6-0.
The Marlins were able to get a run back in the 9th, but couldn’t put a rally together and lost 6-1.
Kershaw proved why he was the Cy Young winner, He went 8.2 IP with 8 Ks, only allowing one run.
With one out in the bottom of the second, Jorge Alfaro homered to put the Marlins up 1-0.
In the bottom of the 3rd – with Jose Martinez on base following a walk, Christian Yelich added to the lead with a 2-run homer of his own. Max Muncy singled – and with 2 outs in the inning – Johan Camargo joined the 2-run homer club to put the Marlins up 5-0. Adalberto Mondesi double the next at bat – running Kenta Maeda from the game after just 3.2 IP.
In the bottom of the 5th, Camargo hit his second homerun of the game to put the marlins up 6-0.
In the 7th, Ender Inciarte doubled home Mondesi to add another run.
And that was all she wrote. The Marlins won 7-0 and tied the series up at two games apiece.
Marcus Stroman threw 8 strong innings, allowing just two hits and striking out 12. Camargo was the star at the plate, with a 2 homerun performance.
The series was all tied up at 2-2. This was the final game in Miami before heading back to Los Angeles. It was Jameson Taillon on the mound against Walker Buehler.
In the ALCS the Red Sox were up 3-1 against the White Sox. Would we have a rematch from last years world series? I hope not.
Vladamir Guerrero Jr. led off the 2nd inning with a solo shot putting the Marlins up 1-0.
Max Muncy led off the 5th inning with a single. Jorge Alfaro put one deep, where the homerun statue used to be, to give the Marlins a 3 run lead.
In the top of the 7th, Drew Jackson put some fight into the Dodgers with a 2 run homerun of his own, cutting the Marlin lead to just one run.
In the bottom of the 7th, the Marlins had the bases juiced with just one out. The pitchers spot was up, so I brought in Kike Hernandez to hit against lefty reliever Caleb Ferguson. Hernandez drove the second pitch he saw for a double down the line, clearing the bases and giving the Marlins a 6-2 lead.
In the bottom of the 8th, Christian Yelich led off the inning with a homerun. The Marlins strung together a few singles with two outs to score another run and grab an 8-2 lead.
The Dodgers couldn’t put together a threat in the 9th. The Marlins were heading to Los Angeles with a 3-2 lead in the series.
It was Trevor Williams against Hyun-Jin Ryu. With a lefty facing the Marlins I once again started Kike Hernandez at Shortstop. He was hot in the playoffs so far – hitting .417.
In the American League the White Sox grabbed a win, bringing the series to 3-2 in favor of the Red Sox.
In the bottom of the first inning, Cody Bellinger made his mark on the game with a 3-run homerun.
The game was pretty slow for a long point after that. Neither offense was able to put much together, that is until the top of the 8th inning. With two outs in the inning Jorge Alfaro singled. Willians Astudillo pinch hit for the pitcher and had a single of his own. This put two runners on base for Johan Camargo. With one swing of his bat, the game was tied 3-3. Yelich was up next and had a single of his own. The very next batter, Jose Martinez, hit a double into the right center gap – scoring Yelich from first. The Marlins were now up 4-3. It was Vladamir Guerrero Jr.’s turn next. He took the first pitch and singled up the middle, scoring Martinez from second. 5-3 Marlins.
In the bottom of the 8th the Dodgers had two runners on and only one out. In a risky move, the Marlins brought in Edwin Diaz. Diaz struck out Austin Barnes to get two outs. The Dodgers brought in Dave Johnson to hit for their pitcher. He flew out to left and the threat was over.
With one out and a runner on first in the bottom of the 9th, Christian Yelich made a huge error on a ball hit right at him. The Dodgers had runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Cody Bellinger was at the dish. He already had a homerun earlier in the game, so I gave him the free base.
Diaz was able to strike out Joc Pederson. The bases were juiced and the series was on the line. With two outs A.J. Pollock came to the plate. Pollock hit a single up the middle with two strikes, scoring both runs and tying the game. Diaz struck out the next batter, and we were going to extras.
The Marlins were out 1-2-3 in the top of the inning, and Diaz struck out all three Dodgers he faced. We headed to the 11th.
An error by Kike Hernandez and back to back singles loaded the bases for the Dodgers with one out in the bottom of the 11th. A.J. Pollock hit a deep fly ball to Center Field, scoring the runner from 3rd and giving the Dodgers a 6-5 win. We were heading to Game 7.
We had Julio Teheran vs Rich Hill on the mound. Over in the American League the Red Sox finished off the White Sox and were headed to the World Series.
Game 7 started much like Game 6 did. In the bottom of the first inning Bellinger hit a 2-run homerun to put the Dodgers up 2-0.
Christian Yelich led off the top of the 4th with a single. A couple of at bats later Vladamir Guerror Jr. singled him home to get a run back.
In the bottom of the 5th, Justin Turner doubled to score Andew Toles and give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. After a single by Cory Seager and a walk by Joc Pederson, A.J Pollack singled to score two more runs. The Dodgers were now up 5-1.
In the top of the 6th, Jose Martinez walked, and with two outs Ender Inciarte hit a 2-run homerun to bring the Marlins back. the score was now 5-3.
In the top of the 9th the Dodgers brought Kenley Jensen in to close this series out. He retired the Marlins in order, and the game was over. The Dodgers were headed to the World Series.
The Dodgers were once again facing the Red Sox in the World Series.
With the series tied at 3-3 they were heading towards a decisive Game 7. It was Rick Porcello for the Red Sox vs Hyun-Jin Ryu on the mound.
Mookie Betts put the Red Sox up early with a 3-run homerun in the top of the 1st. The Dodgers never had a chance from that point, and the Red Sox were back-to-back World Champions.
We head into the offseason. I will take a look at my staff and my roster and see which ways I can improve as we head into the 2020 season.