Dodgers Take 2-0 Lead over Chicago in NLCS
What an incredible ending to Game Two in Los Angeles. With the game tied at one since the fifth inning, it was a pitching-dominated affair. Kenley Jansen, the best reliever in baseball, came out for the ninth and got an easy shutdown inning against the Cubs. That’s what closers do, ya know? Joe Maddon had different ideas, though. Rather than turn to his own closer in the bottom of the ninth, he went to Brian Duensing and John Lackey. That was....well, that was a mistake. After a couple of walks, Justin Turner came up to the plate and smashed a three-run home run to give Dodgers the win and a two-game lead in the series. And Wade Davis never made an appearance in the game. Afterwards, Maddon would say that he needed to save Davis for the save. Say what you will about John Farrell, but he had shown a willingness to use his closer in a tie game on the road. Maddon did not, and it cost the Cubs a game. I gotta say, there is nothing sweeter than a poor decision from Joe Maddon costing the Cubs a baseball game. Sometimes, sports are good.
Fredi Gonzalez the favorite to manage in Detroit
Some news in the managerial world, where the Tigers, Phillies and Mets join the Red Sox as teams with vacancies. According to reports, Fredi Gonzalez is the favorite to be the next manager in Detroit. Gonzalez is the former manager of the Braves and current third base coach in Miami. This is good news for the Red Sox, as Gonzalez has not been connected to the Boston job at all throughout this process. The less competition there is for their top targets, the better things are for the Red Sox. Analysis!