Cardinals @ Cubs
John Lackey started for the Cardinals on short rest and kinda looked like it. The big blow, though, was a 3-run homer he gave up to Javier Baez on a pretty good pitch. The Cardinals tied the game 4-4 on a RBI hit by LGFT Brandon Moss. A 5th run would have scored on the play if not for an awesome throw. Speaking of awesome throwers, after the Cubs retook the lead, another LGFT picked up the save. It was Hector Rondon's 2nd of the series and he struck out 2 in the process. Rondon last pitched in the Indians organization in 2012, when he started 2 games and relieved in 2 others. Prior to that minor league season, he was used almost exclusively as a starter.
Normally I'm a fan of dominant pitching but Chicago's constant barrage of young power hitters is insanely fun to watch.
On Monday, Jason Heyward hit a home run on a pitch that was waaayyy outside.
Dodgers @ Mets
Clayton Kershaw, out to change a dumb perception that he was a postseason choker, pitched 7 awesome innings for the Dodgers last night. He allowed just 3 hits and 1 run while striking out 8 to beat Steven Matz and the Mets. Bartolo Colon pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief, which was nice, because that prevented Terry Collins from wasting Jacob deGrom in this game. Selfishly, I just want to watch deGrom-Greinke in game 5.
Non-Game News and Notes
The Indians posted another renovation update.
August Fagerstrom held a chat over at Fangraphs yesterday. There is some Indians stuff mixed in there.
Phil Nevin is the hottest maganerial candidate out there. Maybe we should hire him.
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