Controversial home plate blocking rule comes into play in Cubs-Dodgers NLCS Game 1

In the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ eventual win over the Cubs in Game of the NLCS (LOS 5, CHC 2), L.A.’s fill-in shortstop Charlie Culberson attempted to score from second on a Justin Turner ground-ball single to left. Kyle Schwarber with the throw, and Willson Contreras with the tag … 

Had the call on the field stood, the Dodgers would’ve had runners on first and second with two outs and a 4-2 lead. Per basic win expectancy, that still gives them a 92.6 percent chance of winning the game. Given that Kenley Jansen was rested and looming (he’d log a four-out save), this call almost certainly didn’t flip a Cubs win into a Cubs loss. So be mindful of that before rioting. 

OK, so the controversial plate-blocking rule has made its presence acutely felt in this one. The rule, informally known as the “Buster Posey rule” for his violent 2011 collision with Scott Cousins, has been in force since the start of the 2014 season and tweaked since. Anecdotally, fans and players don’t seem to like it all that much. Regardless, it’s a rule, and rules tend to be enforced on the field. 

Speaking of which, here are the relevant portions of Rule 6.01: 

“Unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher

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