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The Dodgers and Brewers move the series to Dodgers

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Stadium as Walker Buehler takes the ball. The right-hander has been dominant at home this season."LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers and Brewers shift to Dodger Stadium for Game 3 of the NLCS on Monday night http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , with Walker Buehler making his second career postseason start.Buehler will turn the page on his first taste of the playoffs, giving up five runs to the Braves in Game 3 of the NLDS. The rookie temporarily lost the strike zone, walked the opposing pitcher with the bases loaded and gave up a grand slam for a quick 5-0 deficit.The calm demeanor Buehler has become known for in his short professional career, carried him through three more scoreless innings to give his team a chance to come back. The Dodgers eventually erased the deficit, only to lose 6-5.The 24-year-old drips with confidence as he goes about his business on the mound, a trait that could carry him through pressure situations where others before him have failed.“Well, I would say that I’m no different from them,” Buehler said. “I would say Atlanta, the outing didn’t go the way we wanted to. Especially in the situation that I was in, you could say that there was a little bit of nerves and anxiety but that happens.”“My first time there, I think I handled it fine. My heartbeat, I felt good with. And was more upset about kind of the decision to throw certain pitches.”It may not have counted as a postseason start but Buehler came one out shy of seven shutout innings in a Game 163 win over the Rockies that clinched the division. In 12 starts at Dodger Stadium this season, the right-hander allowed only 13 runs (11 earned) in 73 2鈦? innings.In nine of the 12 starts, Buehler was charged with one or less and never allowed more than two runs in any of the 12 games.“That’s what you’re supposed to do,” Buehler said. “You protect your home-field and try and win games there and go on the road and try and win some there. So, no, obviously 50,000 Dodger fans behind you doesn’t hurt. And sleeping in the same city that you’re going to play in and not having to fly anywhere is big.”The Brewers will counter with Jhoulys Chacin, a pitcher this Dodgers team is well aware of. The right-hander gave up nine runs to the Dodgers in Los Angeles back in August 2 during a 21-5 Dodger victory.Chacin has appeared in 26 games (25 starts) over his career against the Dodgers Aaron Sanchez Jersey , going 11-9 with a 4.41 ERA.Milwaukee hasn’t revealed who would start Game 4 for them, in what is likely to be another bullpen game.It’s possible that Freddy Peralta, who made 14 starts for the Brewers this year, could be the guy. But manager Craig Counsell has said everybody is available and they will figure out Game 4 after what happens in Game 3.Game 2 leftoversWhen the final out was recorded Saturday, the Dodgers had nobody left on the bench and had only Julio Ur铆as in the bullpen. That didn’t bode well for Los Angeles on the road if the game had gone to extra innings.But the Dodgers had a plan for pitching should it have gone that far.“That would have been Rich Hill,” manager Dave Roberts revealed. “So in about the seventh inning I had Rick Honeycutt talk to Rich and just kind of gauge his temperature. And so he was in to go in an emergency. So that allowed for me to essentially deploy guys knowing we had some coverage on the back end.”Having Yasmani Grandal pinch-hit in the seventh inning, Roberts not only used his last remaining bench player, it was also his backup catcher. If another catcher had been needed, one of the other seven position players on the field would’ve filled the role.“That would have been Max Muncy,” said Roberts. “He’s caught before in the past, and we talked about it. He feels comfortable. Obviously not completely comfortable. But I think in that situation obviously you know that that situation might not present itself again.” “There is a point in time where a manager has to make a decision whether you’re going to be all-in. And to extend the game is a bigger, a better chance than worrying about the fallout, and I think we were in that position.”The decisions worked out in the Dodgers favor, setting up a tied series as they open play Monday night. It's fair to say the 2018 season has not played out ashoped for Bryce Harper on a number of levels.On an individual level, his numbers are down across the board from his standout 2017 level of production:2017:492 PA, .319/.413/.595, 29 HR, 87 RBI, 4.7 WAR2018:490 PA http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , .234/.378/.501, 28 HR, 71 RBI, 1.0 WAROn a team level, the Washington Nationals have limped along to a 58-56 record, leaving them third in the NL East standings and in danger of missing the postseason after they entered the year with lofty expectations.That being said, Harper is still a 25-year-old superstar with six All-Star appearances and an NL MVP award under his belt.He's also hitting .367/.457/.767 with three doubles, three home runs and seven RBI in 35 plate appearances in August, and starting to look more like the impact slugger we've seen in recent seasons.So where does that leave his free-agent stock?Buster Olney of ESPN offered up his take:"Since Harper began his career, there has been an expectation that he would approach a record-setting contract in free agency. But some executives wonder if Harper鈥檚 2018 struggles continue, a better option could be to take a shorter-term deal with an opt-out, to give Harper a mulligan and another launch year; after all, Harper is only 25 years old. 'That could work for him, and for the Nationals,' one evaluator said."That could conceivably increase the chances of him returning to the Nationals.Executives from others teams speculated to Olney: "Adown year for Harper could increase the chances he returns to the Nationals they understand Harper more than other teams and understand that in those periods when he eases the paralytic pressure he places on himself, he is a dynamic force."The Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and all the other big-market teams capable of offering up the massive contract that's been speculated for years will still be in the mix.Prediction:Nationals re-sign Harper to a three-year, $120 million deal that includes an opt-out after 2019 and 2020.Manny MachadoJayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty ImagesThe Los Angeles Dodgers landed the biggest trade chip on the market when they acquired Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles for a package of prospects built around toolsy outfielder Yusniel Diaz.There's no guarantee he's anything more than a rental Russell Martin Jersey , though.In fact, with Corey Seager expected to return at the start of next season and Justin Turner hopefully putting this season's injury woes in the rearview, an argument can be made that Machado doesn't fit into the team's long-term plans even if he was interested in sticking around.So where will the 26-year-old slugger land?The Philadelphia Phillies were one of the other teams that were hot on his trail before he was traded to the Dodgers, with Jayson Stark of MLB Network noting that the Baltimore front office did some extensive scouting on a number of the top prospects in the Philadelphia system.Even after signing Jake Arrieta and Carlos Santana last offseason, the Phillies payroll still stands at just over $102 million. That's 23rd in the majors, according to Spotrac.Compare that to the 2014 season, when the Phillies ranked third in baseball with a payroll over $175 million, and it's clear they have the resources to offer up the megadeal that Machado will be seeking.If there's a dark horse in the race to land Machado, it might be the Miami Marlins, as Ely Sussman of SBNation speculated.Machado grew up in the Miami area, and the Marlins have plenty of money to spend after slashing payroll this past offseason. While replacing the contract of Giancarlo Stanton with another massive long-term deal for Machado might seem like a contradictory move, Machado is two years younger and doesn't have the same injury history as Stanton.Prediction:Phillies sign Machado to an eight-year, $304 million deal.Josh DonaldsonTom Szczerbowski/Getty ImagesOh, what could have been for both Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays.Donaldson was one of baseball's truly elite players from 2013 to 2017. During that span, he racked up an impressive 31.3 WARwhile taking home 2015 AL MVP honors and finishing in the top five in the voting two other times.Even in an injury-plagued 2017 campaign, he still posted a 147 OPS+ with 33 home runs in 113 games en route to a 4.8 WAR season.Unfortunately, he's been unable to shake a nagging calf injury this season that has been sidelined since May 28. He's played in just 36 games and was hitting a less-than-stellar .234 with a 107 OPS+ at the time of the injury.As a result, he likely cost himself a good chunk of change on the free-agent market, while simultaneously costing the Blue Jays an incredibly valuable trade chip.There's still a chance he returns healthy before the Aug. 31 waiver-trade deadline and shows enough that the Blue Jays are willing to flip him for a decent return.General manager Ross Atkins told reporters that the team had "a lot of discussions" about Donaldson leading up to the deadline. So it stands to reason that if he can get back on the field Josh Donaldson Jersey , interest would only increase.If they don't find an offer to their liking, a qualifying offer is a given and the Blue Jays would then be able to recoup some prospect talent through the draft.But might Donaldson consider accepting the offer?The 32-year-old is making $23 million this season, and the qualifying offer last season was worth $17.4 million, so it would likely mean a marginal pay cut.However, it would give Donaldson a chance to rebuild his value without rolling the dice on a free-agent market that has been wildly unpredictable in recent years.Otherwise, he might be inclined to settle for a one-year deal with a second-year player option, which would be an attractive roll of the dice for more than a few teams.Prediction:Indians sign Donaldson to a two-year, $50 million deal that includes an opt-out after 2019.Other Notable Free-Agent Hitters:IF Asdrubal Cabrera (PHI), DH Nelson Cruz (SEA), 2B Brian Dozier (MIN),C Yasmani Grandal (LAD), CF Adam Jones (BAL), 2B Jed Lowrie (OAK), RF Nick Markakis (ATL), CF A.J. Pollock (ARI), C Wilson Ramos (PHI)All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted.

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