Playoff Reset: Cubs vs. Dodgers NLCS Game 5

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The Game: Chicago Cubs @ Los Angeles Dodgers NLCS Game 5
The Time: 8:00 PM EDT
The Place: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
The Channel: FS1
The Starters: Jon Lester (Cubs) vs. Kenta Maeda (Dodgers)

The Upshot:

Game 4 was a blowout. But it doesn’t yet have the Dodgers on the brink of elimination — it’s tied 2-2 — so that means no desperate call for Clayton Kershaw. Instead, Dave Roberts is going to stick to his rotation and use Kenta Maeda tonight.

Maeda has not pitched well in the postseason. He allowed three runs on four hits in four innings while walking three, getting a no-decision in Game 1 of the NLCS. He lost his other playoff start in Game 3 of the NLDS s against the Washington Nationals, allowing four runs on five hits in three innings. The Dodgers have won with Kershaw and Rich Hill. They need to show that they can do something with their 3-4 starters or else they’re gonna be in trouble.

For Chicago it’s Jon Lester. He scuffled a bit on Game 1, but it didn’t show up in the line score, with the lefty allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts and a walk in six innings. Here is where we make note of the Dodgers 2016 struggles with left-handed pitchers.

The Cubs evening up the series last night guaranteed that we’ll return to Wrigley Field. For now, one more game in the California sun.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.