Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs NLCS Game 6 Preview
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago
When: Saturday, October 22, 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FS1
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Betting on the Los Angeles Dodgers (TBA)
Los Angeles’ 96-win season is on the brink of going for naught as the Dodgers’ backs are now against the wall, trailing Chicago in the NLCS, three games to two. Still, all hope is not lost for the reeling Dodgers, who will be sending Clayton Kershaw to the mound this coming Saturday. The three-time Cy Young winner has been solid in the playoffs this year, posting a 2-0 record with a 3.72 ERA in three starts and one relief appearance.
Overall, the Dodgers ace is 4-6 with a 4.39 ERA in 17 career playoff appearances. One of Kershaw’s postseason victories came in Game 2 of this NLCS. He tossed seven shutout innings in that 1-0 win over the Cubs, holding the vaunted Chicago offense to just two hits. He struck out six batters and walked one in that ballgame. The pressure is on Kershaw to deliver that same kind of performance in Game 6 after the enormous struggles the LA pitchers have displayed in this NLCS. The Dodgers have allowed a whopping 26 runs in this series thus far.
Kershaw can’t do it all alone, though, and he needs the LA hitters to deliver some big runs for him in this do-or-die game. It won’t be that easy, though, as the Dodgers are mired in a deep slump in this series. They are batting just .231 in this NLCS. In Kershaw’s Game 2 start, the Dodgers scored just once on an Adrian Gonzalez home run.
The Dodgers are 4-6 in their last 10 road games.
Betting on the Chicago Cubs (TBA)
The Chicago Cubs moved to within a victory of reaching their first World Series in 71 years with a resounding 8-4 conquest of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS. Jon Lester was terrific for the Cubs, allowing just one run on five hits in seven innings of action. They will look to end this championship series once and for all when they host the Dodgers in Game 6 on Saturday night. Starting for Chicago in this pivotal contest is Kyle Hendricks.
He turned in a solid performance in Game 2, throwing 5.1 innings of one-run ball. Hendricks, however, failed to get some run support as he fell on the losing end of a 1-0 shutout. The good news for Hendricks is that the Cubs’ hitters are starting to wake up from their offensive slumber. After laying goose eggs in Games 2 and 3, the Cubs have scored a combined 18 runs in each of the past two games.
Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell’s bats have finally come alive, going 10-of-20 in Games 4 and 5 with three homers and eight RBIs. Rizzo is 3-of-11 in his career against Kershaw with a homer and two RBIs. Russell, on the other hand, is hitless in six career at-bats against the Dodgers ace.
The Cubs are 8-2 in their last 10 home games.
Kershaw delivers a performance for the ages as the Dodgers force a winner-take-all Game 7.
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