Game Two for each of the NLDS series takes place today, both televised nationally on TBS.

  • 5:30 p.m. ETChicago Cubs (Hendricks) at the St. Louis Cardinals (Garcia)

The Cardinals lead the series 1-0.

  • 9 p.m. ETNew York Mets (Snydergaard) at the Los Angeles Dodgers (Greinke)

The Mets lead the series 1-0.

Comments welcome!

19 Responses

  1. Tom Reed

    How about those Cubbies. 6-1 after four.

  2. kmartin

    I was happy to see Travis Wood get the win. I always liked him when he played for the Reds. He has turned into a versatile relief pitcher. He can pitch long relief, pitch as a setup man, and was four-for-four in saves this year closing out games.

  3. aktrainer

    If anyone could explain to me why Chase Utley was safe, I would appreciate it. From every angle I’ve seen, he didn’t touch the bag.

    • RedInInd

      He was too wrapped up in taking out Tejada to worry about the bag. That was an ugly hit.

    • ohiojimw

      Well this is going to sound even more more confusing; but, Utley was eventually ruled safe because he had been incorrectly called out in real time.

      Once the umpire gave the “out” call, Utley’s part in the play was over. It didn’t mater if had or had not touched the base. The umpire had ruled him out; so, his status was out. His role was to get up and leave the field of play.

      However when the review established the fielder had not touched the base nor tagged Utley, the review umps, in accord with their protocols made the judgement and assumption that if the umpire had not called Utley out, he would have touched the base before the fielder tagged him (or stepped on the base to compete the force out).

      I think if there weren’t a guy laying on the ground with a broken leg and the question about it being a dirty slide, the technical interpretation of Utley being ruled safe because he had been incorrectly called out would hardly cause a ripple once folks stopped to think it through.

      • jessecuster44

        Compound this with the idea of the Neighborhood play. Utley is out, when that idea is evoked. However, the umps decided after watching replay, that a DP was never possible, and called Utley safe.

        Never mind that Utley karate kicked Tejada to try and break up a possible DP.

        MLB got everything wrong on the play, rules or no.

  4. jessecuster44

    I hope Utley gets beaned in the head and leaves the field on a stretcher. That man is a professional dirtbag.

  5. Playtowin

    Hard nosed baseball is no longer in vogue. We got the Posey rule. It is now likely we will get the Trjada rule. Player safety will be the reason. No more take out slides and rolling blocks.

    • ohiojimw

      It is the same all over sports. In NCAA FB, the officials have obviously been told to be aggressive in calling “targeting” and to error on the side of safety when in in doubt. Yesterday, I saw an OSU player flagged but allowed to stay on the field following the booth review then a couple of hours later a Northwestern player flagged and subsequently sent off for a very similar hit. And there was really nothing either time to make the hit stand out..

    • RedInInd

      Trying to break up a dp with a take out slide is one thing, but Utley’s rolling block is something that does not belong on the base paths. It’s not like he was trying to stretch a single into a double — he had a lead off of first and took out Tejada three feet to the outfield side of second base. I appreciate aggressive baseball and am not a fan of the home-plate collision fiasco. But intentionally taking out the defense with a late, high, hard, and/or dirty slide should have “offensive” consequences.

    • vegastypo

      I thought it was interesting that Pete Rose, Frank Thomas and Eric Karros were adamant on a pregame show Sunday that Utley is not a dirty player and nothing needs to be changed as a result of that play. Rose said it was not Utley’s fault that the throw back to second base left Tejada at a bad angle, and Thomas referred to Utley being able to touch second base. Ironic comment, since Utley MISSED the base until the umpires put him back out there.

      The only guy in that group on the pregame show who called for a rule about such a play was CJ Nitkowski, pointing to how late the slide was and where Utley ended up making contact with Tejada.

      • vegastypo

        I thought it was interesting to hear Brian Kenny on MLB Network reading straight from the rulebook that an illegal slide, such as what MLB is now saying Utley did, constitutes interference, so in this case, Utley should have been called out, and the batter trying to get to first base should also have been called out. … Gee, that would have ended the inning with the Mets still up 2-1.

        Kenny’s point is that we might not need a ‘Tejada rule’ added to the rulebook, when existing rules already cover the situation.

        MLB comes off looking very bad when they rule that umpires on the field failed to follow the rulebook, especially in a game of this magnitude.

  6. Playtowin

    Brook Jacoby the maligned hitting coach of the Reds under Dusty is the hitting coach of the Blue Jays who are the best hitting team in MLB. Good for Brook Jacoby.

    • CP

      Yeah, it’s almost like the talent of the team is the most important factor, and the Reds fired him to please an illogical fanbase’s need for a scapegoat…but that could never happen again, right?

      • Playtowin

        Yes it could. It happens all the time when losing teams blame the manager and coaches forgetting no one can win without talent. Joe Torre was fired a few times and had an overall losing record over many seasons before becoming a genius when he took over the Ysnkees.

      • vegastypo

        I’ll always wonder what a hitting coach is supposed to do, exactly. Approach a struggling player? Wait for the player to ask for help? All I know about Brook Jacoby’s time with the Reds was that a lot of players did not appear to get any better. By the time a player gets to the majors, is he beyond help? And if so, what good is there to have a hitting coach at the major league level?