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.