Los Angeles Times

Series of unfortunat­e events


In October, I’d rather have Koufax than Kershaw (and Koufax is 82). PJ Gendell

Beverly Hills

Nothing is certain but death and taxes. Correction. Nothing is certain but Clayton Kershaw wilting in the postseason and Dave Roberts making the worst pitching and lineup decisions. Geno Apicella


Had Tom Lasorda applied today’s rote and trite sabermetri­cs logic in the 1988 World Series, a hobbled Kirk Gibson, with only three pinch-hit appearance­s over the course of the season, never would have left the bench to face the game’s top closer who led the league in saves with a signature slider known to completely neutralize left-handed batters. Meanwhile, data analysis informs the team’s current robot, er, manager, to sit his four top home run hitters (one the NLCS MVP) on the most important stage not once but twice, both losses.

It’s a good thing the Dodgers played baseball, not moneyball, back then or the championsh­ip drought could be going on 37 years. Steve Ross

Beverly Hills

Dave Roberts knows his stuff but has the instincts of a rosin bag. He manages baseball much like an “artist” paints by the numbers. He should consider swapping that tidy uniform for a sloppy hoodie and go wild. He’s becoming the Bud Grant of baseball. Mario Valvo


Despite the Dodgers’ current World Series woes, Wally Skalij’s photograph­s — topped by his great shot of Andrew Benintendi’s catch in Game 2 — reflect the fact that he remains one of the best — maybe the best — sports photograph­ers in the business. Gordon Morris


Uncle Charley Thank you, thank you, thank you, Tom Hoffarth. for your spot-on article critical of Dodgers broadcaste­r Charley Steiner. Most of what is in that article I have been saying to anyone who would listen for more than a year now. Dodgers fans deserve better, and I do not say that merely as a fan (who isn’t?) of the great Vin Scully.

How is it possible, if Mr. Steiner has spent any amount of time listening to Vin, that he hasn’t heard Vin telling his audience how he learned from Red Barber to give the score every 10 minutes without fail, and that Vin has a 10-minute timer to remind him to do so? Gary L. Platt

Rancho Cucamonga

Steiner’s joy and love for the game are infectious, as is his humor. I’ll not forget his call of a game-ending balk induced by a Dodger runner: “Kiké Hernandez danced down the third base line like a Radio City Rockette.” Or when with the team down 15-1: “When we come back for the bottom of the ninth, the Dodgers only need 14 to tie.” Jordan Chodorow

Los Angeles

LeBron’s Lakers

Brandon Ingram, have you ever heard of Wally Pipp? After Pipp took a day off from the Yankees lineup, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth became pretty good teammates. Well BI, during your four-game suspension, Kyle Kuzma and LeBron James have become pretty good teammates. Tom Lallas

Los Angeles

Why does it not surprise me, or any sports fan, that Rajon Rondo acted the way he did on the floor and not offer even a hint of apology.

I grew up in New England and a die-hard fan of their teams even though I have been in SoCal since the early ’80s. I was fortunate to witness the Showtime era and though I disliked the Lakers, I had much respect for them.

Can’t say the same for the Lakers new guard, a former member of the Celtics, who has had run-ins with just about every coach in his career. He can brag all he wants about winning a ring, but he will never be perceived as a champion. Steve Walsh

Redondo Beach

While violence of any kind has no place on a basketball court, the NBA should not be surprised that a young player like Brandon Ingram lost his cool while guarding James Harden for an extended period of time. Put a camera on Harden for a whole game and you will see him getting away with grabbing, holding, pushing off from behind while rebounding, fending off and hooking with his free arm, and most of all initiating incidental contact that results in foul calls that few other players get. Avrumie Schnitzer

Beverly Hills

On the grid

Anyone else notice the Bruins’ first victory at the Rose Bowl this year coincided with the availabili­ty of alcohol to the public?

The fans were no doubt feeling as chipper as the players. Marty Zweben

Palos Verdes Estates

It’s amazing how JT Daniels has a great game and the commentary is everywhere. Now when he is six for 16 nothing is said. No comments from JT, barely anything from Clay Helton. An embarrassi­ng showing for USC all around. Mike Swindell

Palm Desert

By the numbers

The Angels were led to hiring Brad Ausmus, in part, because of his “probabilis­tic approach to decision-making.” Forget for a moment, why not just say we wanted an analytics guy? What remains is, how did a commitment to probabilis­tic decision-making lead to the hiring of a manager with a 314-332 record with no titles? The probabilis­tic extrapolat­ion, respectful­ly, appears unpromisin­g. Konrad Moore

San Diego

He’d be busy

Reflecting on their early performanc­es, it’s clear that the Kings should fire John Stevens and hire Sean McVay. And the Lakers should fire Luke Walton and hire Sean McVay. Steve Weinstein

Los Angeles

Good luck with that

I wonder which I’ll see first: a Kings power-play goal or a Dodgers hit with men in scoring position.

Perhaps I am better off hoping for bipartisan cooperatio­n or world peace. Nick Rose

Newport Coast

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 ?? Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times ?? DAVE ROBERTS pulls Clayton Kershaw from Game 1, which was not his most controvers­ial decision.
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times DAVE ROBERTS pulls Clayton Kershaw from Game 1, which was not his most controvers­ial decision.

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