Well yesterday was a disaster for the Dodgers. Dodgers need to get over the blown call with Adrian Gonzalez at home. Today is a new day it’s game 5 of the NLCS with series tied 2-2. In all sports, when a series is tied 2-2 usually the winner of game 5 takes the series. The Cubs have the next two at home and although all the pressure will be on the Cubs in those games, it would be a tall task to win two in a row on the road.
So the importance of this game can’t be overstated. The Dodgers will have to deal with left-hander Jon Lester who is 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA in this postseason. In fourteen innings this postseason he has only given up one run. The Dodgers will have their hands full and you can bet they will have a right handed line-up. Kenta Maeda will go for the Dodgers. He is 0-1 this postseason with a 9.00 ERA. Maeda hasn’t pitched well towards the end of the season. We will see if he can compete because the Cubs bats are waking up. I’m going to guess the bullpen will make an early appearance.
Game time 508pm FSN 1
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) October 20, 2016
Adrian Gonzalez drops to the sixth spot probably to add some punch to the bottom of the lineup. Corey Seager needs to provide some thunder today. How has this Dodgers lineup done against Lester.
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Yasiel Puig has had the most success against Lester. The Dodgers might hinge on Puig coming through. The Dodgers need to make Lester work and take pitches. Lester doesn’t usually walk anyone and he will try to get you out with his curveball. He likes to use his sinker to get doubleplays. The Dodgers might need to bunt and steal bases to get some traffic on Lester. Lester wasn’t sharp in game 1 and the Dodgers take advantage if he isn’t sharp today. I have a feeling Joc Pederson might contribute at the bottom of the lineup.
Dave Roberts on Ruiz-Kendrick-Gonzalez 4-5-6: "Those three guys that I have right there, I feel really good to drive in a run."
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) October 20, 2016
So Mr. Ross will be catching for Lester. This was Maeda’s line in game 1 of the series.
Baez and Bryant got doubles off Maeda and also collected RBI’s. The key for Maeda is get ahead early and keep his pitch count down. He needs to avoid walking hitters. He doesn’t really strike out hitters so the defense behind him today has to be on point. Maeda cannot hang the breaking ball to these Cubs hitters. He needs to control his pitches. The thing he doe shave going for him is the element of surprise. You never know what he is going to throw. He has five pitches he uses and he wants to show a solid outing tonight.