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The L.A. Dodgers are up (2-0) in the NLCS

October 17, 2017

Two days ago, playing on the exact 39 year anniversary of being routed by the Yankees in #5 ’78 W.S, the L.A. Dodgers rode Justin Turner’s 2 out, 3 run home run to (4-1) the Cubs and take a (2-0) LCS lead, for the first time since 1985.

That year, as was the case this season, both LCS stood (2-0) and for the only time in 31 seasons of best of seven LCS play (’85-’16, no playoffs in ’94), both trailing teams, each from Missouri “showed” it could be done, the Cards overcoming L.A. in 6 when Dodgers’ manager Tom Lasorda pitched to Jack Clark and the ball is still going while K.C. in the second “Bob Costas ALCS,” overcame not only a (2-0), but a (3-1) series deficit, to beat Toronto.

Only twice have the Dodgers both gone up (2-0) and won that NLCS. Both times they went (4-0) in the commonwealth/state of Pennsylvania and split at home, in ’74 vs the Pittsburgh Pirates and in ’78 vs the Philadelphia Phillies.

Alas, much is being made of Turner’s post-season game ending/winning home run, having occurred on the anniversary of Kirk Gibson’s far more important and dramatic home run, vs the too often loser in post-season, Dennis Eckersley.

Forget the fact Gibson limped to the plate that Saturday night and that it was a round later, namely the World Series, (the Turner homer, obviously still dramatic/important, was on a Sunday, by the way as only I will note, a day the Cubs have lost on in ALL SIX of their LCS appearances, including ’84 when they lost a decisive game 5 at San Diego and blew a (2-0) LCS lead) in that game L.A. a big series underdog, TRAILED by a run.

In this one, L.A. was a big series “fave,” bigger when they won the opening game, and most of all, the score was TIED with L.A. the home team, still a nice game favorite, had the game gone to extra “frames.”

“Bowl” on folks.

 

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