Mike Bauman has been a national columnist for MLB.com since 2001 and has covered Major League Baseball for more than three decades.
|When Cubs manager Joe Maddon said earlier this week that his club and the Los Angeles Dodgers were "pretty evenly matched," this was not a tactic, or a smokescreen. It was an honest call.
More» Maddon on battling Kershaw in Game 6|
|The Dodgers' 8-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs left the Dodgers on the edge of postseason elimination, trailing 3-2 in the NLCS. But you can still see the road to a much happier ending for the Dodgers.
More» Kershaw on facing the Cubs lineup again|
|The Dodgers weren't supposed to shut out the Cubs for four straight games and win the National League Championship Series in five. There were moments over the previous two nights when those outcomes may have looked like distinct possibilities, but it was never going to be quite that easy or uncomplicated.
More» Maeda on getting the start in NLCS Game 5|
|In the space of two nights -- one in northeastern Illinois, one in Southern California -- the postseason outlook of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been changed, altered, improved and perhaps even utterly transformed.
More» Roberts on Hill's outstanding outing in win|
|In the 2016 postseason, the Dodgers are 4-0 in games in which Clayton Kershaw pitches. They are 0-3 in games in which Kershaw does not appear.
More»Kershaw adding to his legacy in 2016 postseason|
|Careers are made in the regular season. Contracts, too, are won with performances from April through September. But legends can still be made in the postseason alone, through magical October moments that live on from generation to generation.
More»Kershaw adding to his legacy in 2016 postseason|
|Here is a reason for the Los Angeles Dodgers to take comfort: None of the next three Chicago Cubs starters in the National League Championship Series are left-handed. The record says that, no matter how good those Cubs pitchers are, the Dodgers will have a better shot against them
More» Roberts on Gonzalez's clutch hitting|
|In this National League Championship Series (starting with Game 1 on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/5 PT on FS1), the Los Angeles Dodgers have nothing to lose. Well, the one thing they'd like to lose is their reputation as postseason underachievers.
More»Breaking down how the Dodgers reached the NLCS|
|First-year Dodgers manager Dave Roberts bucked conventional thought in Game 5 of the NLDS, going with closer Kenley Jansen in the seventh inning and then using Clayton Kershaw to get the final two outs of a 4-3 victory over the Nationals.
More» Roberts discusses NLDS win against Nats|
|Without Wilson Ramos, their starting catcher who was having a breakthrough season, and without Stephen Strasburg, a mainstay of their rotation who was having a big season of his own, conventional wisdom said the Nationals were likely to find a rapid postseason exit.
More»Harper discusses Game 4 win, being ready for Game 5|
|The Dodgers' decision to use Clayton Kershaw on short rest Tuesday in Game 4 of the National League Division Series could be seen as an unusual move. But more than that, it was the conventional move, the completely conventional move. It worked in the short term for Kershaw and the Dodgers in their 6-5 triumph over the Nationals, which evened the NLDS at 2-2 and forced a winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on FS1) in Washington.
More» Kershaw fans 11 batters over 6 2/3|
|The Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers are relying on their relievers to be the difference-makers in this series. The Nationals won the battle of the bullpens Monday in Game 3 and won, 8-3 at Dodger Stadium to take a 2-1 series lead.
More» Melancon retires Pederson for final out|
|The Nationals got 4 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball from their bullpen in a 5-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS.
More» Melancon earns save to tie series at 1|
|Which team, the Nationals or the Dodgers, gains the edge from the postponement of Game 2 of their National League Division Series? The correct answer is: Neither.
More» Manfred discusses postponed game|
|Think of how difficult it would be to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in October if Clayton Kershaw pitched the way he does in the regular season.
More» Kershaw K's Espinosa, escapes jam in 5th|
|Both the Dodgers and Nationals have had notable regular season success in recent years. But neither team has matched that level in the postseason. One will get a chance to chance that in the NLDS.
More»MLB Tonight previews the Dodgers vs. Nationals|
|The next logical step in the rebuilding of the Milwaukee Brewers would be extending the contract of manager Craig Counsell. This step appears to be a matter of when, not if. At a press conference Tuesday at Miller Park, Brewers general manager David Stearns announced that the team's entire Major League coaching staff would return for the 2017 season.
More» Counsell on 3-1 win, Anderson's outing|
|The Texas Rangers are closing in on home-field advantage throughout the postseason. That advantage doesn't guarantee October success, but it beats the alternative.
More» Banister on Gomez's clutch home run in win|
|Carlos Gomez is back, which means that the amount of excitement in Major League Baseball has increased. Released by the Astros on Aug. 18, after a truly substandard performance, Gomez has revived his career with the Rangers.
More» Gomez on game-winner, gets doused|
|Monday night at Globe Life Park was a mixture of joy and relief for relielver Jeremy Jeffress and the Rangers. He was back on the mound and paused for a moment, he later said, to take it all in: the field, the crowd, the baseball, the Major League Baseball.
More» Jeffress induces ground ball to end the 7th|