LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers made no changes to their starting lineup for Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals, sticking with the same starting eight position players that put up nine runs in Game 1 on Friday.
"I feel like if we can get nine [runs] again, we'll be alright," manager Don Mattingly said with a smirk on Saturday.
One would have thought that too before Friday night, when the Dodgers were 15-0 when scoring eight or more runs in a postseason game. Before the 10-9 loss in Game 1, that is.
It wasn't just Friday though. The Dodgers have been using mostly this lineup against right-handed pitchers for the last several weeks of the season, and the team scored 6.24 runs per game in September.
The one change in the Dodgers' starting nine of course is Zack Greinke, the Dodgers' best-hitting pitcher. He won't repeat as National League Silver Slugger Award winner, but Greinke did hit .200/.262/.350 on the season, and in his last eight starts was 6-for-16 (.375) with a home run, two doubles and a walk.
A.J. Ellis, who homered and had a season-high four hits on Friday - because of the loss, he said "the four hits meant nothing to me" - offered some insight to the quirky Greinke on the days he pitches.
"Zack talks more on the day he pitches than on other days. He's very, very talkative in the dgout in between. He's kind of the antithesis of Clayton Kershaw in that in between inning he wants to communicate a lot on what I'm seeing, what he's seeing and adjustments we need to make going forward," Ellis said. "So this is the day Zack uses all his words."
The Cardinals made one swap in their lineup, with rookie Kolten Wong starting at second base over Pete Kozma. With the right-handed Greinke on the mound, Jon Jay moved up from eighth to second in the batting order, swapping spots with Randal Grichuk.