|LA DODGERS ( WOOD )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( ARRIETA )
|NL Championship Series - Best of 7 - Game 4 - LAD Leads 3-0|
|967||LA DODGERS||+100||Ov 9.5,-110||+100||Ov 9.5,-110|
|968||CHICAGO CUBS||-110||Un 9.5,-110||-110||Un 9.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||74-43||+0.7||54-55||4.6||0.246||0.321||0.420||0.742||3.6||0.225||0.285||0.371||0.657|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7||2-4||5.9||0.273||0.387||0.459||0.846||2.6||0.193||0.244||0.354||0.598|
|vs Left-handed Starters||22-17||+0.3||18-16||5.3||0.264||0.342||0.429||0.771||4.3||0.248||0.319||0.400||0.719|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||1-4||2.6||0.174||0.245||0.277||0.522||5.0||0.224||0.342||0.430||0.773|
|10/9/2017||DARVISH(R)||@ ARIZONA||GREINKE(R)||3-1||W||-110||9 ov||U||7||10||0||3||2||0|
|10/14/2017||KERSHAW(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)||5-2||W||-175||7 un||P||8||5||0||4||3||0|
|10/15/2017||HILL(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||4-1||W||-150||7.5 ev||U||5||8||0||3||4||0|
|10/17/2017||DARVISH(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||6-1||W||105||8 ov||U||9||8||0||8||8||2|
|10/18/2017||WOOD(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|10/6/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||3-0||W||140||7 ov||U||5||5||1||2||6||1|
|10/7/2017||LESTER(L)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||3-6||L||105||9 ev||P||6||3||0||6||4||0|
|10/12/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||9-8||W||-105||7.5 ev||O||9||9||0||14||13||2|
|10/14/2017||QUINTANA(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||2-5||L||165||7 un||P||4||3||0||8||5||0|
|10/15/2017||LESTER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||HILL(L)||1-4||L||140||7.5 ev||U||3||4||0||5||8||0|
|10/17/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||LA DODGERS||DARVISH(R)||1-6||L||-115||8 ov||U||8||8||2||9||8||0|
|10/18/2017||ARRIETA(R)||LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)|| |
|LA DODGERS: 2016: 91-71, first place, lost to Chicago Cubs in NLCS
Manager: Dave Roberts (second season)
Who's new? IF Logan Forsythe, OF Franklin Gutierrez, OF Brett Eibner, RHP Sergio Romo
Who's gone? OF Josh Reddick, C Carlos Ruiz, RHP Joe Blanton, RHP Jose De Leon, LHP J.P. Howell, RHP Louis Coleman, RHP Jesse Chavez
Projected lineup: 2B Logan Forsythe (.264, 20 HR, 52 RBI with Rays) or Chase Utley (.252, 14, 52), SS Corey Seager (.308, 26 72), 3B Justin Turner (.275, 27, 90), 1B Adrian Gonzalez (.285, 18, 90), RF Yasiel Puig (.263, 11, 45) or Andre Ethier (.208, 1, 2 in 16 games), C Yasmani Grandal (.228, 27, 72), CF Joc Pederson (.246, 25, 68), LF Andrew Toles (.314, 3, 16) or Trayce Thompson (.225, 13, 32)
Rotation: LH Clayton Kershaw (12-4, 1.69 ERA), RH Kenta Maeda (16-11, 3.48), LH Rich Hill (12-5, 2.12 with A's and Dodgers), RH Brandon McCarthy (2-3, 4.95), LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-1, 11.57 in one game) or LH Alex Wood (1-4, 3.73)
Key relievers: RH Kenley Jansen (3-2, 1.83, 47/53 SV), RH Pedro Baez (3-2, 3.04), LH Grant Dayton (0-1, 2.05), LH Luis Avilan (3-0, 3.20), RH Josh Fields (1-0, 4.63 with Astros and Dodgers), RH Sergio Romo (1-0, 2.64 with Giants), RH Chris Hatcher (5-4, 5.53)
Hot spots: Outfield and rotation. The Dodgers set a record for Disabled List trips in 2016. Ethier, who missed most of last season with a broken tibia, compared his recent back injury to 'Groundhog Day.' Even without Ethier there isn't room for Puig, Pederson, Toles, Thompson, Scott Van Slyke, Franklin Gutierrez and Brett Eibner. The pitching staff was decimated last year too, but a deep farm system produced a wave of capable reinforcements. If Scott Kazmir, McCarthy or Ryu can't pitch, Julio Urias, Brock Stewart and Ross Stripling can step in.
Outlook: After two straight winters laying low on the free agent market, Andrew Friedman bet big on his 2016 roster. Turner, Jansen, Hill and Utley all re-signed, giving the Dodgers a chance to prove last season's NLCS run wasn't a fluke. A full season of Kershaw and Hill ' to name just two ' would improve the team's chances of claiming a fifth straight division title. If the Dodgers want to take the next step, they'll have to get past the defending champion Chicago Cubs, a potential perennial powerhouse whose roster remains similarly intact.
|CHICAGO CUBS: 2016: 103-58, won World Series
Manager: Joe Maddon (third season)
Who's new? OF Jon Jay, RHP Wade Davis, LHP Brett Anderson, RHP Koji Uehara, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP Eddie Butler
Who's gone? OF Dexter Fowler, IF/OF Jorge Soler, LHP Aroldis Chapman, LHP Travis Wood, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP Jason Hammel
Projected lineup: LF Kyle Schwarber (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI in two games), 3B Kris Bryant (.292, 39, 102), 1B Anthony Rizzo (.292, 32, 109), 2B Ben Zobrist (.272, 18, 76), SS Addison Russell (.238, 21, 95), RF Jason Heyward (.230, 7, 49, 11 SB), C Willson Contreras (.282, 12, 35), CF Jon Jay (.291, 2, 26 with Padres) or Albert Almora (.277, 3, 14 in 47 games)
Rotation: LH Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44 ERA), RH Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.10), RH Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13), RH John Lackey (11-8, 3.35), LH Brett Anderson (1-2, 11.91 in four games with Dodgers) or LH Mike Montgomery (4-5, 2.52 with Mariners and Cubs) or RH Eddie Butler (2-5, 7.17 with Rockies) or LH Rob Zastryzny (1-0, 1.13 ERA in eight games) or RH Alec Mills (0-0, 13.50 in three games with Royals)
Key relievers: RH Wade Davis (2-1, 1.87, 27/30 SV with Royals), RH Pedro Strop (2-2, 2.85), RH Hector Rondon (2-3, 3.53, 18/23 SV), RH Koji Uehara (2-3, 3.45, 7/9 SV with Red Sox), RH Carl Edwards Jr. (0-1, 3.75), RH Justin Grimm (2-1, 4.10), LH Brian Duensing (1-0, 4.05 with Royals)
Hot spots: Fifth Starter. Of all the candidates vying to replace Hammel, who signed with Kansas City as a free agent, most have plenty of upside but didn't log many innings last year. That includes Anderson, who had one productive season and one unproductive season for the Dodgers. Keep an eye on southpaw Montgomery, who tossed two shutouts as a starter for the Mariners in 2015, came to the Cubs last year in a midseason trade, then was effective as a reliever. Last time he was on the mound, he recorded the save in Game 7 of the World Series.
Outlook: There hasn't been a back-to-back champion this century. For opponents of the Cubs, that might be the most tangible nugget of hope. Most of the key players return from a powerhouse team that played historically good defense, got no fewer than 165 innings from each of its top five starters, and featured a deep lineup led by NL MVP Kris Bryant. In the bullpen, two-time All-Star Davis is capable of replacing closer Chapman if he's healthy. Among the Cubs' regular position players, only Zobrist and new center fielder Jay are over 30 ' everyone else is either entering or in the midst of his prime. This is a strong outlook.
|Cubs confident they can make Dodgers sweat|
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have a history of coming from behind when their season is on the line.
If the Cubs -- who erased a three-games-to-one deficit in the 2016 World Series to capture their first championship since 1908 -- are to return to the Fall Classic, they will have to pull off a comeback achieved just once in baseball history.
A 6-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday night put the Cubs within a loss of being eliminated. The Dodgers are just a victory away from their first World Series appearance since 1988 heading into Game 4 at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, but the Cubs' recent history of comebacks provides them with confidence they can do it again.
Even so, they also realize they are running out of time.
"We are down, but we're not out -- we have a pulse," Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant said after the Tuesday loss. "As the saying goes, we really need to take it one game at a time. Now, we've got to win them all."
The Boston Red Sox pulled off the only escape from a 3-0 postseason deficit, beating the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series.
The Cubs again struggled to score runs on Tuesday night when they couldn't manage anything more than Kyle Schwarber's first-inning solo home run. Now, with their season on the line, they will hope their bats can catch fire while Jake Arrieta takes the mound looking to extend the series to a fifth game on Thursday at Wrigley Field.
Arrieta is just 1-3 with a 3.77 ERA in five career starts against the Dodgers, who beat him in his only start against Los Angeles this season. But given the dire reality of the must-win game, Arrieta knows how much a solid outing on Wednesday could do for the Cubs' chances.
Arrieta, a free agent at season's end who could be making his final start for the Cubs on Wednesday, said the feeling in the clubhouse remains upbeat despite the series deficit.
"The mood is really very similar to the way it is in our clubhouse every day," Arrieta said before the Game 3 loss. "You know, we really don't ever expect that to change."
Said Cubs shortstop Addison Russell: "We've got nothing to lose -- we just have to go out and play our hearts out."
The Dodgers will counter with Rich Hill, who hadn't made a career start against the Cubs before last week. The left-hander pitched five innings in Los Angeles' Game 2 win, surrendering just three hits and one run while striking out eight and walking one.
With another strong showing by Hill and continued dominance by the Los Angeles bullpen, the Dodgers would carry a seven-game unbeaten streak into the World Series.
The Cubs, meanwhile, would be swept in the NLCS for the second time in three years after the New York Mets won four straight games against Chicago in 2015.
"(We're) just getting after it tomorrow," Dodgers left fielder Andre Ethier said Tuesday night. "(We have to) come back with the same intensity, embrace all the emotion, embrace all the energy that is flying around this ballpark, on the team, and get the job done.
"Like I said, you can't give opportunities and too much open space for a team like the Cubs to get back in it. So tomorrow's the most important game. We've got to figure out a way to close it out tomorrow."
|Last Updated: 11/18/2017 9:24:37 PM EST|