He has a chance to upstage the former-Dodger and show that he is better-suited to complement the southpaw. If he does well, then that means he’s on a roll dating back to the regular season.
But if he doesn’t perform as expected, the stakes and effect of the playoffs may start to creep into his mind and potentially affect his confidence and mindset. And when a starter is on a roll, it’s hard to get him out of it.
He fixed up his mechanics and looked to be more comfortable in his new surroundings. To serve as an additional ace the Dodgers can throw at opponents.
He’s had one good and one bad start, equating to seven earned runs (5.40 ERA).. He has the cushion of a 2-0 lead, so he does not have to force anything.
He might still have butterflies and goosebumps ( it is October), but they won’t be as big as they’d be if Los Angeles was down 2-0, or even tied 1-1 for that matter.
Sports columnist Bob Brookover joined the Inquirer in 2000 as the Phillies beat writer after long stints in the same role with the Camden Courier-Post and the Delaware County Daily Times.
He also served as the National League columnist for ESPN.