By Jon Weisman
With the National League Championship Series between the Cubs and Dodgers now tied at 2-2, let’s do what we did after it was tied 1-1 and reset the scene …
The Dodger staff is fairly rested heading into what is essentially a best-of-three series for the NL pennant.
- Since throwing 51 pitches in National League Division Series Game 5, Kenley Jansen has thrown 39 over seven days.
- Joe Blanton has thrown only 13 since NLCS Game 1, five days ago.
- In his first 2016 postseason action, lefty Alex Wood threw two shutout innings.
- No Dodger reliever has pitched back-to-back days in the NLCS.
- Clayton Kershaw will start Game 6 on five days’ rest, meaning no leash.
- Kershaw and Rich Hill, the Dodgers’ potential Game 7 starter, have these combined NLCS numbers: 13 innings, four hits, three walks, 12 strikeouts, 0.00 ERA.
Kenta Maeda, Game 5 starter
- Maeda will pitch Game 5 today on four days’ rest, with only 66 pitches thrown in the past nine days.
- The right-hander’s slump is relatively recent. In his first four September starts, his ERA was 2.01 with 23 strikeouts.
- In four starts since, including two in the playoffs, Maeda has allowed 15 runs in 13 2/3 innings.
- After going two months (July 23-September 21) without allowing more than three runs in a game, he has done so in two of his past three outings.
- Leading the Dodgers in hitting this postseason is Turner, who is 9 for 28 with a triple, two homers, seven walks and three hit-by-pitches, for a .500 OBP and .607 slugging percentage.
- That OBP and slugging percentage leads all players who reached the NLCS or ALCS.
- Oddly, after setting a Division Series record in 2015 with six doubles and hitting 34 in the 2016 regular season, Turner has none in nine playoff games this October.
- Turner has eight (25 percent) of the Dodgers’ 32 RBI.
At the plate
- After Turner, the Dodgers’ top playoff hitters have been Andrew Toles (.429 OBP in 21 plate appearances), Joc Pederson (.786 OPS) and Adrián González (4 for 15 with a homer and walk in the NLCS).
- While playing second base in the NLCS, Chase Utley, Kiké Hernandez and Howie Kendrick are 0 for 15 with three walks.
- After starting the postseason 0 for 10 (with three walks), Yasiel Puig has gone 3 for 4 and is expected to start tonight against Jon Lester.
- Wednesday’s Game 4 marked the first time this postseason the Dodgers hadn’t homered.
More team notes
- The Dodgers’ six-run win in Game 3 was more than reversed by an eight-run loss in Game 4. Despite a 5-4 record, Los Angeles has been outscored 18-13 in the NLCS and 42-32 in the playoffs.
- In their four playoff losses, the Dodgers have allowed 31 runs. In their five playoff wins, they have allowed 11 runs.
- In the fifth inning of NLDS Game 2, Kendrick caught an Anthony Rendon fly ball and threw out Bryce Harper trying to score. The Dodger defense has not turned a double play in 65 innings since.
- The Dodgers’ four errors Wednesday were more than they had in their first eight playoff games combined.
- Los Angeles has shut out Chicago in 28 of 34 NLCS innings. The Cubs have scored their 18 runs in six innings, including two five-run innings.
- During innings 1-3 this week (NLCS Games 2-4), the Cubs are 1 for 29 with three walks.
- Of the 21 nine-inning playoff games in Dodger history that have lasted at least 3 1/2 hours, seven have been in the past two weeks. The average game time this postseason has been 3:45.