Dave Roberts stuck to his refusal to use Clayton Kershaw in Thursday night’s crucial game-five loss to the Cubs. Many insider-observers thought Roberts would bring in his not-so-secret weapon if a narrow lead had to be protected, buy viagra as had happened in game two. The Cubs made sure that wouldn’t be the case in a five-run eighth inning. So a rested Kershaw will start game six tonight, and if his team wins, he will likely be ready for a late call in an elimination game Sunday.
Kershaw’s willingness to spare the Dodgers another crushing playoff defeat is what political-field progressives think their loyal support for Hillary Clinton has earned them, if she wins; the reward: Clinton will move her administration leftward. Barack Obama’s resistance to catering to the left disabled his skipperdom in their eyes, as they move into position to influence his successor. “The president appoints people,” said Bernie Sanders in a recent New York magazine interview. He made a “big mistake,” Sanders added, in giving powerful appointments to conservatives.
Liberal Senators like Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Oregon’s Jeff Merkley and Ohio’s Sherrod Brown will be among legislators reminding Clinton of the debt she owes the left. Sanders seems primed to press the progressive case: “In 2008, (Obama) ran one of the great campaigns in the history of the United States,“ said Sanders in the New York interview. “Brilliant campaign. Did he mobilize th(at) energy and coalition…into a powerful political force which would have helped him fight for the change this country needed? The answer is no.”
So far, Hillary has showed signs of heeding the progressive team, and avoiding Obama’s domestic-policy errors. How she’ll do on the foreign policy field we’ll only know after she leaves the on-deck circle. For the moment – for some of us – her hawkishness is worrisome,
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Puzzlement: The invaluable Hall-of-Famer John Smoltz launched a barrage of negative shots at the Dodger brain trust on FS1 Thursday night. It started with the Cubs ahead 1-0 and LA leadoff man KiKi Hernandez working a walk in the bottom of the first. Hernandez, then dared the pickoff-reluctant Jon Lester to throw over as he edged halfway to second. “It’s no use if he doesn’t steal,” said Smoltz. “He HAS to steal,” Smoltz added,,“if the Dodgers want to tie the score.” Hernandez made it to second on a Corey Seager single. “He could have made it to third and scored if he had been on second,” Smoltz groaned. Hernandez was stuck on third when the inning ended. “Getting the first run early is important,” said Smoltz, refusing to move on from what he had seen.
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