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.

Rays’ Díaz gets $24 million, three-year deal, avoids arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract on Tuesday that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz’s agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.

The 31-year old will receive $6 million this season, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million for 2025. The 2026 club is $12 million with no buyout. There is a $1 million assignment bonus that would be payable by receiving team.

Díaz has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with Cleveland (2017-18) and Tampa Bay (2019-22). He has a career average of .278 with 39 home runs and 198 RBIs.

Acquired by the Rays in a three-team trade on Dec. 13, 2018, Díaz hit .296 with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 137 games last season, He career highs with 71 runs, 140 hits, 33 doubles, and 78 walks.

Díaz was the third Rays’ arbitration-eligible player to reach a deal.

Reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed Friday to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs also agreed last week to a $31 million, four-year contract that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

The 30-year-old began last season in the bullpen and transitioned to the starting rotation in May and finished 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, and outfielder Harold Ramírez.