Did You Know. ... The LCS Version for Wednesday
Clayton Kershaw returns to the mound as the Dodgers starter in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers. In his last four home playoff starts, Kershaw is 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA and .136 opponent batting average. Now, Kershaw was charged with five runs, four earned, in three innings in the NLCS opener, but a good part of that stemmed from the nightmarish events involving catcher Yasmani Grandal.
Cody Bellinger’s walk-off single in the Dodgers 2-1, 13-inning win over the Brewers on Tuesday night made Bellinger, at age 23 years, 95 days, the third youngest player to have a post-season walk-off hit. The younger? Edgar Renteria with the Marlins in 1997 had two-walk-off hits, and Carlos Correa with the 2017 Astros.
The Brewers are the eighth team in post-season history to allow 13 or fewer runs through seven games, the first since 1998 when the Padres (11 runs) and Yankees (13 runs) both met the criteria. The Yankees wound up beating the Padres in a World Series sweep that year.
The Red Sox 8-2 win over the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday gave them a 3-0 record on the road this post-season, and they have outscored the opposition 28-6 in those three games. This comes after the going 0-4 in post-season road games the last two years, including losing twice to the Astros a year ago.
The Astros have gone on to lose the series the two other times they have lost two of the first three games — 1986 NLCS against the Mets and 2004 NLCS against the Cardinals. The Red Sox, meanwhile, are 5-2 all-time when leading 2-games-to-1 in a seven-game series.
Source: Stats, Inc.