After an impressive 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the NLCS, the Los Angeles Dodgers have to feel good about their prospects going forward. However, due to injury, they’ll be without one of their more consistent players for the entire series.
Corey Seager will not appear in the NLCS, as he continues to recover from a back sprain suffered during a slide against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS. Seager hopes to return to baseball activities in the next few days, but don’t expect to see him against the Cubs, even if the series goes to six or seven games. Taking Seager’s spot in the lineup is Charlie Culberson, who, despite spending most of the season in Triple-A, managed to drive in a crucial run in Game 1 that gave the Dodgers the momentum needed to take the opener.
Here’s what else is happening around the National League:
The postseason always seems to highlight an obscure section of the baseball rulebook, and Saturday night was no exception. Willson Contreras appeared to tag Charlie Culberson out at the plate in the seventh inning of the Dodgers-Cubs opener, but the Dodgers were quick to point out the collision rule: Did Contreras provide an ample path for Culberson to actually touch home plate? The Dodgers challenged, and won the call.
A quick diversion from the postseason: Derek Jeter is making big strides as the Marlins’ new owner, paying particular attention to relief efforts for Hurricane Maria. The Marlins hosted the Somos Live! Benefit Concert at Marlins Park this weekend, where Jeter announced the team would donate $200,000 to hurricane relief in the eastern Carribean. With so many people in the Miami with affected relatives and friends, it’s a real classy move by the organization.
Joe Maddon showed off a new outfit during a recent press conference. It’s pretty cool. Check it out. It’s classic Joe.