With a 2-0 lead in the NLCS and Adam Wainwright on tap for Game 3, the Cardinals were sitting pretty. As it turned out, it was the Dodgers’ starter that stole the show.
Hyun-Jin Ryu befuddled the Cardinals’ bats for seven scoreless innings Monday, holding them to just three singles and one walk while registering four strikeouts. The Cards were able to get back-to-back singles to start the fifth, but it turned out to be a short-lived rally after a baserunning blunder from Daniel Descalso led to a double play. Ryu cruised through his other six frames. The Dodgers got RBIs from Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez, who was playing with a fractured rib.
Wainwright pitched very well himself, but he was let down numerous times by his defense, with Jon Jay being involved in most of the mishaps. Jay failed to take charge on a ball in the first and in the fifth, with the latter mistake leading to the only two runs charged to Waino. He also had a play at the wall and a play running in that he probably should have made but didn’t.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has left open the possibility that Zack Greinke will start on short rest in Game 4 on Tuesday, saying after Monday’s win only that Ricky Nolasco was the starter “right now.” He used the same phrase in the NLDS with Nolasco before ultimately turning to Clayton Kershaw on three days’ rest. Nolasco hasn’t started a game since September 25 and allowed 19 runs over 12 innings in his last three starts of the regular season. Lance Lynn will get the ball for the Cards on Tuesday.
Machado Won’t be Ready for Opening Day
Manny Machado’s surgery on his left knee Monday was deemed a success. However, the news that came after wasn’t all good.
After initially projecting a 4-6 month rehab for Machado, the Orioles after the surgery said the young infielder would need a full six months. That means he’ll miss all of spring training and the start of the regular season.
When it comes to long rehabs such as this one, the timetable can get shorter or longer based on Machado’s progress. Of course, the reality is that, if anything, it usually gets longer, especially when it comes to a prized youngster like Machado who the Orioles will certainly not rush along. Realistically, fantasy owners probably shouldn't count on having Machado at all in April.
“The conservative end of the recovery time is six months,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said to the Baltimore Sun. “Having said that, Manny has some work to do on the rehabilitation part of his recovery, which I’m sure he will do with enthusiasm. But Manny and the doctors will tell us when he’s ready to play. It’s not going to be driven by the schedule. It’s going to be driven by how well he comes along. … I’m sure Manny will do everything he can to be ready [for Opening Day], but it’s going to be determined by how it comes along.”
National League Quick Hits: David Freese left Monday’s game against the Dodgers with right calf tightness and his status for Game 4 is up in the air ... Allen Craig (foot) did some light running on Sunday and could be back as a pinch hitter/DH should the Cardinals make the World Series ... The Cubs interviewed Padres bench coach Rick Renteria about their managerial vacancy on Monday and will interview Rays bench coach Dave Martinez later this week ... Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon has been shut down from the Arizona Fall League due to a groin injury, but he’ll be fine by spring training ... Brandon Beachy is expected to be 100 percent for spring training after undergoing arthroscopic elbow surgery last month ...
American League Quick Hits: Sonny Gray needs surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb but is expected to be 100 percent for spring training ... Josh Reddick will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his sprained right wrist but should be fully recovered by the start of spring training ... An MRI on Jarrod Parker’s pitching arm has revealed a forearm strain, an injury he can treat with rest and rehab ... Torii Hunter will play in Game 3 despite general soreness as a result of his dive over the right field wall in Game 2 ...