MLB Scheduler: I know! We’ll just reverse the Wednesday schedule from the Tuesday schedule! The Dodgers and Brewers can play a day game so we can showcase the game in Houston at night! What could possibly go wrong?
Everyone else in the world: Uh....
And so it is that the Brewers and Dodgers will have the first pitch of Game 5 this afternoon just 12 hours and 40 minutes after Manny Machado slid across the plate with the winning run in Game 4. It’s not just that the teams played five hours, 15 minutes — it’s the intensity with which they played, and the high stakes of a postseason game.
The two starting pitchers for this afternoon’s game — Wade Miley and Clayton Kershaw — were both spotted on TV in the dugout during extra innings. Normally guys like that would be sent back home (or to the team hotel) to rest, but not in a game like that. So you’d expect both teams to be exhausted this afternoon.
Which means we’re probably in for a 13-12 game. Because baseball.
Also, Gio Gonzalez, who injured his ankle Tuesday, is now out for the rest of this series and has been replaced:
RHP Zach Davies has been added to the #NLCS roster, replacing LHP Gio Gonzalez (left ankle injury). pic.twitter.com/hAkFhVgWIu— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) October 17, 2018
Gonzalez is now ineligible for the World Series, if the Brewers get there. And not that they’d have wanted a pitcher injured, but Milwaukee now gets a fresh arm for the rest of the NLCS.
Meanwhile, the Astros hope to recover from their blowout loss Tuesday and tie up the ALCS. And did Houston cheat to steal signs?
The Boston Red Sox were warned that a man credentialed by the Houston Astros might try to steal signs or information from their dugout after the Cleveland Indians caught him taking pictures of their dugout with a cellphone camera during Game 3 of the American League Division Series, sources with knowledge of the situation told Yahoo Sports.
A photograph obtained by Yahoo Sports showed a man named Kyle McLaughlin aiming a cell phone into Cleveland’s dugout during the Indians’ 11-3 loss that ended their season. McLaughlin was the same man caught taking pictures near the Red Sox’s dugout during Game 1 of the AL Championship Series, which was first reported by the Metro Times. McLaughlin was removed by security in Cleveland and Boston, sources said.
Wade Miley (Brewers) vs. Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)
Rick Porcello (Red Sox) vs. Charlie Morton (Astros)
Lineups for the afternoon game:
Game 5 of the NLCS is on tap.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) October 17, 2018
Here’s how Braun & the Crew will line up against the Dodgers. #OurCrewOurOctober pic.twitter.com/b4bLCBJDyf
Today's GM. 5 Dodger lineup vs. Brewers:— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 17, 2018
Kershaw P#LADetermined | #NLCS pic.twitter.com/5B1UpfoY7P
Game time for Brewers/Dodgers: 4 p.m. CT. TV: FS1. Announcers: Joe Buck, John Smoltz, Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal.
Game time for Red Sox/Astros: 7:30 p.m. CT. TV: TBS. Announcers: Brian Anderson and Ron Darling, with Lauren Shehadi reporting.
Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
MLB.com Gameday for Brewers/Dodgers
MLB.com Gameday for Red Sox/Astros
Baseball-reference.com game preview for Brewers/Dodgers
Baseball-reference.com game preview for Red Sox/Astros
SB Nation game preview for Brewers/Dodgers
SB Nation game preview for Red Sox/Astros
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