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NLCS Preview: LA Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs

Is this the year the Cubs finally advance to the World Series?

Image Source: ESPN.com

Image Source: ESPN.com

On Saturday night, the National League Championship Series will begin and for the second season in a row the Chicago Cubs will be looking to return to the World Series for the first time since 1945.  But this time in their way won’t be the dominate New York Mets squad from 2015, but a pesky LA Dodgers team that battled with the Washington Nationals for five games and came away with a dramatic series victory.

As for their NLDS series against the San Francisco Giants, the Cubs won three of four games and other than a Game 3 loss, they were in control the whole series.

Will the Cubs keep that momentum against a Dodgers squad that looks to keep history on their side and prolong the Cubs faithful from experiencing a trip back to the fall classic.

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 8:00pm

Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago

Pitching Matchup:

LA Dodgers

Dodgers rookie right hander, Kenta Maeda (16-11, 3.48) will get the start for LA in Game 1 after getting roughed up in his first ever postseason start on October 10th, against the Nationals giving up four runs on five hits, allowing a home run, two walks, and striking four in three innings, while earning the loss.

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs will send veteran LHP Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44) to the home mound, after he tossed eight shutout innings in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Giants, allowing five hits, no walks while striking out five batters.  Lester is a career 7-6, with a 2.63 ERA in 106 postseason innings and in his two starts against the Dodgers in 2016, he is 1-0, allowing seven hits, one run, two walks, and striking out 16 batters in 15 innings pitched.

Top Postseason Hitters:

LA Dodgers
Justin Turner – .400/.591/.733, 6 for 15, 5 R, Triple, HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB
Joc Pederson – .333/.444/.600, 5 for 15, 2 R, Double, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB

Chicago Cubs
Javier Baez – .375/.412/.563, 6 for 16, 4 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Kris Bryant – .375/.412/.688, 6 for 16, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Rest of Series Pitching Probables

Game 2 – Sunday, October 16 – 8:00 PM ET
Dodgers TBD at Cubs Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13)

Game 3 – Tuesday, October 18 – 8:00 PM ET
Cubs Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.10) at Dodgers TBD

Game 4 – Wednesday, October 19 – 8:00 pm ET
Cubs John Lackey (11-8, 3.35) at Dodgers TBD

Game 5 – Thursday, October 20 – If necessary
Game 6 – Saturday, October 22 – If necessary
Game 7 – Sunday, October 23 – If necessary

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also coaches baseball for ages 13-15, a Babe Ruth League team in his local community. David's passion is coaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also coaches baseball for ages 13-15, a Babe Ruth League team in his local community. David's passion is coaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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