The Dodgers are one win away from their second straight National League pennant after they took down the Brewers 5-2 in Game 5 of the NLCS Wednesday.
Milwaukee got creative to start the game with his pitching staff, but a
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Three takeaways from NLDS Game 5
The unlikeliest of heroes
Austin Barnes what the last person Dodgers fans thought would help their team win a postseason game. The backup catcher batted .205 with four home runs and 14 RBIs on the season and what 1 for 7 in the playoffs coming into Game 5.
But when Barnes stepped to the plate with Chris Taylor on third base and one out in the fourth inning, the utilityman came through as he grounded a single to the middle of the game. Barnes broke the Dodgers' 0 for 7 streak with a runner on the NLCS while improving the team's batting average to .300 in the playoffs.
And again, Barnes was literally the least likely person to come through in that situation. According to the Athletic, Barnes hit .1
Austin Barnes RBI single …
Barnes hit .111 with RISP during regular season, worst BA among the 319 players with 50+ at-bats.
– Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) October 17, 2018
Craig Counsell looking like a genius
The Brewers manager really was playing chess when everyone else was playing checkers Wednesday. Craig Counsell allowed starter Wade Miley to pitch to one batter before he was taken out for Brandon Woodruff with no outs in the first inning.
But Counsel could not have had the effect that move would have later in the game. Barnes, who was in the lineup instead of Yasmani Grandal, drove in the tying run. Max Muncy, who was in the lineup because Los Angeles really did not have another choice, drove in the go-ahead run. Joc Pederson, who came into the book, was freed after one at bat, so tallied a base hit.
Counsel attempted to control the Dodgers 'lineup in Game 5, but as much as he tried to dictate the game by affecting Los Angeles'
Good Kershaw, Bad Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw has a reputation for being bad in the postseason, but let's just look at this situation for what it is: Kershaw has good starts in the playoffs and he has bad ones, as well. He's not terrible pitcher when the lights are brightest.
Do not believe us? Kershaw has registered 12 quality starts (6 IP, 3 ER or fewer) in 22 career postseason opportunities. In eight out of those 12 starts, Kershaw has one or two at least six innings of work. Kershaw has his bad starts yes, but he's not awful. ERA (4.26) rather than Chris Sale (5.85), David Price (1962) [Andsoeveryonelovestobeonitthinkaboutthis:542)CCSabathia(431)andLuisSeverino(626)HeisnotfarbehindCoreyKluber(397)Kershawgetsabadrapbutheshouldnotbeconsideredabadpostseasonpitcher