While the rest of us bite our nails and count the seconds until first pitch in barely-contained anticipation, managers Dave Roberts and Gabe Kapler seem as chill as ever before tonight’s historic NLDS Game 5.
“Im not going to be surprised by anything,” Kapler said. “Dodgers aren’t going to be surprised by anything. It’s where we are.”
Not even a potential relief appearance by Max Scherzer? Nope, Kapler says. It’s all hands on deck, and everyone knows it.
After 24 games against each other this year, both managers agree that everyone knows what’s up—now it’s just a matter of playing the game.
The similarities between the two teams don’t end on the field, either. Kapler and Farhan Zaidi, Giants president of baseball operations, are both former colleagues of Dodgers president Andrew Friedman.
The Mets need a president of baseball operations, and Dodgers senior VP Josh Byrnes and assistant GM Brandon Gomes are apparently on their radar. Andy Martino at Yahoo! Sports breaks down all the options and gives some insight into a potential front-office shuffle in L.A.
Brusdar Graterol has the fastest pitch in the west, according to MLB.com’s Matt Kelly. The righty is now tied with former Dodger Jonathan Broxton for L.A.’s third-fastest tracked pitch since 2008.
Remember that most wanted fugitive who apparently attended a Dodger game a few years back? They found him—and it’s the wrong guy, reports Alisha Ebrahimji at CNN. Oops.