@_JackWinstanley he told me he’d got a new hat for the gorillaz tour and started dancing I’m literally crying— Jack (@_JackWinstanley) February 22, 2017Dope.[H/T Dancing Astronaut] One lucky fan had a glorious interaction with Damon Albarn of Gorillaz, who apparently revealed that the new album is “finished” and that live tour rehearsals are currently in practice. Jack Winstanley was waiting outside a venue that he works at when he scored the conversation with Albarn, then proceeded to share the news with the world in a series of tweets. See below:DAMON FUCKING ALBARN pic.twitter.com/z4ZQ5z0asA— Jack (@_JackWinstanley) February 22, 2017 @sidneyphlegm he says they’ve just finished the album and they’re rehearsing right now!! — Jack (@_JackWinstanley) February 23, 2017
“Everybody’s healthy,” manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday.Kershaw will face off against Adam Wainwright in Game 1 of the National League Division Series today at Dodger Stadium. Zack Greinke will pitch Game 2 on Saturday opposite Lance Lynn. Hyun-Jin Ryu will take the mound Monday when the series shifts to St. Louis for Game 3 against playoff veteran John Lackey.The most compelling matchup of the series might be waged on the basepaths. Veteran Cardinal Yadier Molina caught 21 of 44 attempted base stealers this season, the highest percentage among all regular catchers. The Dodgers led the National League with 138 stolen bases.“You’re not getting them off the catcher usually … but the Cardinals have a lot of (pitchers) who get the ball to home plate,” Mattingly said. “They’re pretty well schooled on being quick, slide steps, that type of thing. So usually a pitching staff will neutralize the running game (rather) than the catcher himself.”The empirical evidence is on Mattingly’s side in this debate, but Molina’s right arm will be a factor to some degree. Regardless of who’s pitching, Dodgers infielder Darwin Barney said, “a perfect throw on the money in less than two seconds is either going to be bang-bang or you’re out.”Dee Gordon and Carl Crawford, who led the Dodgers with 64 and 23 steals, respectively, pledged to stay aggressive. “You have to guess right on breaking balls, do it that way,” Crawford said.Crawford and Gordon will help the team most by not giving away outs.The Dodgers scored an MLB-best 156 runs in the final month of the season. Beyond scoring more, they scored differently — hitting more home runs (35 in September, 17 in August) and stealing fewer bases (16 compared to 26). Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez led the way, combining for 17 homers and 50 RBIs in September. Kemp was named the National League Player of the Month.Neither power nor speed was the Cardinals’ strength. Shortstop Jhonny Peralta led the club with 21 home runs. Only one player, second baseman Kolten Wong, stole more than nine bases (20). Their starting pitchers all throw right-handed, which plays to the Dodgers’ strength — a .746 combined OPS compared to .716 against left-handers.But the Cardinals’ postseason experience tends to dominate the narrative over any of their regular-season numbers. They won a World Series in 2006 after going 83-78. They fell short the previous two seasons despite winning 100 and 105 games.“They’re a team that’s been together for a while,” said Barney, who saw them often while playing for the Chicago Cubs from 2010-14. “Teams know what to expect from each other. They’re not going to steal a bunch of bases. They’re a steady ballclub that makes you beat them.”This will be St. Louis’ 11th playoff appearance in the past 15 seasons. The Dodgers have won one series from the Cardinals in that time, losing twice.Maybe that’s easier for the fans to remember than the players. And maybe Kershaw is right, that revenge is a dish best served with a short memory. The pitcher shook his head, adding to the silence.In case he forgot: After pitching his club into a pit, Kershaw was forced to watch the final four innings of the Cardinals’ 9-0 win in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers’ season ended there in St. Louis, two games shy of the World Series.Kershaw has spent the meantime making new memories for himself and his fans — in his case, a no-hitter among 20 other wins in a season for the ages. He isn’t alone. Matt Kemp was on crutches this time a year ago; now he’s the Dodgers’ everyday cleanup hitter.Unlike last year’s NLCS, Hanley Ramirez’s ribs are believed to be uncracked. He’d rather hear the sound of a thumping bass than the sound of pitches thumping against his body. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Less than an hour after the Dodgers clinched the National League West title last week, the sound of a thumping electronic bass pulsed through a delirious clubhouse. General manager Ned Colletti stood somewhere in the celebration, surrounded by a pocket of reporters as he reflected on the Dodgers’ final game of 2013. “Most of this team was here a year ago,” Colletti said. “That feeling that we had a year ago with St. Louis, you can’t let it overwhelm you, but you can’t forget it either.”Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was somewhere in the room too. Without leaning in, there was no way he could hear Colletti over the thump, thump, thump.A few days later, the season was over and the room was quieter. Kershaw was asked if he still thinks about the disappointing end to 2013.