Not only have we been reminded during the telecasts that the Brewers were also a serious suitor for Machado ahead of the July non-waiver trade deadline, but there have been countless reminders that Machado remains a polarizing figure around baseball.
Teams without home-field advantage that go down 3-2 in a best-of-seven series have won only 25 percent of the time, while those that go up 3-2 have won the series 59 percent of the time. After a Game 4 win late Tuesday, both sevens were erased for a "6". He says the Dodgers' play in Game 1 was "unacceptable" and the Brewers "put us against the wall early and never looked back!"
Machado had reached base with a one-out single before moving to second on a wild pitch while Bellinger was at the plate. If he does opt out, he will become a free agent for the first time in his career.
Yelich, who almost won the NL Triple Crown this season, was hitless in four at-bats. In the past few days, the 26-year old shortstop has been seen not running out groundballs that he would be safe on and he is making dirty plays while running the bases. If that's dirty, that's dirty. "I don't know. Call it what you want". If he wants to be on a winning ball club, play like a victor.
The Dodgers didn't necessarily need a home run to get them out of their rut - they just needed to get someone on base and maybe, just maybe, they could find a way to advance him home. But Kershaw still has to go out there and make the pitches, and he largely has. "I saw it hanging up there, and ran as fast as I could and dove for it". It does look bad. NL MVP candidate Yelich went 1-for-5 and is now 3-for-16 (.188) in the past four games. "I'm just thankful that I've gotten to be here this long".
"We're family. Things happen", Machado said, who scored the winning run moments later.
The day game came after Tuesday's suspenseful match-up, which drew a number of celeb fans, including Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, Rob Lowe, Mario Lopez and Will Ferrell.
The Brewers had the potential go-ahead run at third in the seventh.
In April 2017, Machado slid hard at Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia, injuring Pedroia's left knee.
Milwaukee's starters have tossed just 14 innings in the NLCS, the lowest total ever through five games, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
After a Game 3 loss Monday, the whiteboards read "7" at the start and end of the night.
Dodgers: Kershaw took the loss in Game 1 against the Brewers.
Last week, the Yankees announced that their shortstop, Didi Gregorius, would undergo Tommy John surgery, and speculation grew that Machado was headed for NY. All-in-all, Rich Hill takes the mound and gives the Dodgers a great chance at grabbing a victory.
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