NLDS Game 2 Tidbits: Lugo, Thome, Ludwick

Matthew Leach
MLB.com

Blog: Obviously, You’re Not a Golfer
Twitter: @MatthewHLeach

It’s an absolutely perfect day at Dodger Stadium. Seriously, 71 degrees, clear, spectacular. Great day for baseball.

*
Julio Lugo gets the start at second base today against left-hander
Clayton Kershaw, in place of Skip Schumaker. It was Schumaker against a
lefty yesterday, and in fact Randy Wolf has a bigger left-right split
than Kershaw. However, Kershaw is, in TLR’s parlance, “one of those
wipeout kind of lefties,” while Wolf isn’t so much in style.

* Jim Thome talked a little about facing the Cardinals, since he hails from Peoria, Ill.

“St.
Louis has been a great baseball town. I’ve enjoyed being in there
whether it was Interleague with Cleveland, with Philadelphia. This will
be my first time to the new park. I’m looking forward to that, and I’ve
got a lot of friends around the St. Louis area that are excited as well.

“So
it’s going to be a neat experience. It always has. I’ve always said St.
Louis is probably fans-wise one of the better baseball cities in the
game. So it’s fun to go there and feel that atmosphere towards
baseball. They did a wonderful job there.”

Another Thome note:
For his regular-season CAREER, he has a .430/.565/1.010 line in 131
plate appearances against the Cardinals. That’s a 1.575 OPS.

*
Ryan Ludwick talked a little bit more about the ball he hit down the
line last night, but both he and TLR said they have yet to see a
conclusive replay on it. I haven’t either — anyone find some way to
get a really good look at it?

Today’s playlist is all GNR in honor of Slash’s playing of the anthem today:
“Rocket Queen”
“Used To Love Her”
“Dead Horse”
“Civil War”
“Coma”

-M.

3 Comments

You’re up early… grrrrrr! ; )

buz – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

Just wanted to be the first to comment on tonight’s painful loss. The media is really beating up Holliday for dropping the ball. Yes, is he had held on to it, the Cards would have a win under their belt instead of 0-2. But if you ask me, the real problem took place after Holliday dropped the ball. Fast forward to Franklin. Bases loaded 2 out and Franklin is really struggling. All I could think of is get him out of the game. Bring in Smolts if you have to, but take Franklin out. T.L. thought otherwise and the rest is history. People make mistakes, like dropping a ball, or bocking on the mound, but when someone is obviously struggling, it is time for a change. Sorry, I just needed to vent.

agreed with above post – Holliday’s error was not the problem – our “CLOSER” faced 4 hitters and could not get 1 out. i’ve been calling for a real closer all season. PITCHING gets you in the series.

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