In postseason baseball, there is only one run: throw away all the rules. This has been evident in this NLCS. And if you thought the Dodgers and Brewers would go back to normal for game five, you guessed wrong.
Bellinger Bats Leadoff
Things started looking weird before the game even began when Dave Roberts decided to bat Cody Bellinger in the leadoff role.
When I saw this I was not a fan. After all, this is a big game and Berlinger has only Led off one before. That was in his second Major League game. The results: Bellinger went 0-5.
I’m sure there are some people who support this. After all, Bellinger was the hero in game four. They would argue that Bellinger’s bat is exactly what the Dodgers need to start the game.
But even with his walk-off hit, Bellinger’s been horrendous this postseason. In 25 at-bats this postseason, he has only 3 at-bats, giving him a .120 batting average. To make matters worse, he has only 2 RBIs and no home runs this postseason. As of the time I published this article, Bellinger was 0-2.
Miley Faces One Batter
After game four, the Brewers refused to announce their starter for game six. We quickly found out this afternoon. Wade Miley got the start for the Brewers in game five. However, they used him simply as an opener (if you’re now aware what those are, take a look at the Tampa Bay Rays). He walked Bellinger on five pitches, then exited the game.
This had two effects. First, the Dodgers lineup was configured to face a lefty, but they brought in a righty to face the heart of the Dodger order. Second, Miley is now going to start game six. Or is he?
These are the strange things that happen in the playoffs. We’ll see how this turns out. So far, the Dodgers have a 3-1 lead.