MLB roundup: Dodgers distracted themselves more than Lester with plate, baserunning antics

The Dodgers did everything they could to rattle Jon Lester, but it didn't work; the lefty fired seven strong innings and got the win. Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers spent the early part of Game 5 trying to distract Cubs left-hander Jon Lester by having their hitters regularly square to bunt and by taking big leads once they reached base. But it stands to reason that the Dodgers might have distracted themselves more than Lester, because they weren't always comfortable executing the strategy. When Enrique Hernandez reached base in the first inning, he took massive leads and kept feinting, but when Lester threw the ball homeward, Hernandez would almost always move back toward the first, wary of the possibility that catcher David Ross might throw behind him. Because of this, Hernandez's secondary leads were terrible, and it might've cost him a base and the Dodgers a run when he was unable to take third on a Corey Seager single. Justin Turner faked a bunt in his first plate appearance and took a strike, and the rest of the at-bat, L.A.'s best hitter this postseason was out of sorts; he ended up striking out with an ugly swing. When Joc Pederson did drop a bunt, Lester stared into the Dodgers' dugout; you can see it here.

Many other National League teams have tried to attack Lester's inability to throw to bases the past couple of years, with varying degrees of success.