We’ve arrived at game 6 of the NLCS between the Dodgers and the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The Cubs have a 3-2 series lead and are one win away from clinching their first World Series birth since 1945. The Dodgers have to win both games tonight and tomorrow night to clinch their first World Series birth since 1988. Tonight the Dodgers will give the ball to Clayton Kershaw to keep their season alive as the Cubs send Kyle Hendricks to the mound. With all of the drama unfolding you have to ask yourself one question. Do you believe in curses?
If you do then the Dodgers should win tonight. If the curse of the billy goat is real then the Dodgers will win both games and advance to the World Series. If the Cubs win one of the next two games then the curse never existed. Let me explain what I mean.
Curses can’t be lifted by just winning. If someone puts a curse on a baseball club and it’s a real curse then the only person that can remove the curse would be the person that created it. Curses can’t just be lifted by success. Either a curse is real and exists or it never did. For example, the Cubs have been one win away from the World Series before more than once. In 1984 a ground ball went through the legs of Leon Durham in San Diego and the Cubs lost game 5 of the NLCS to the Padres. The Cubs had a 2-0 lead in that best of 5 series and lost three in a row in San Diego.
Of course we all remember the 2003 NLCS between the Cubs and the Marlins which is more infamously known as the Bartman series. In that NLCS the Cubs had a 3-1 series lead and lost three in a row to the Fish including the last two games at Wrigley Field. They actually had a lead in game 6 and were 5 outs away from the pennant before the Marlins scored 8 runs in that frame. The Cubs are 0-6 in games where they are one win from clinching the pennant.
I believe that we’ll find out if this supposed curse is real or not in the next two nights. I’m hoping and praying that this curse is the real deal because that means the Dodgers will win the pennant. Regardless we still have a pretty darn good pitcher on the mound named Clayton Kershaw. I certainly trust him, but not so sure if I trust the offense to score off of Kyle Hendricks.
This is the lineup the Dodgers will use tonight
#Dodgers NLCS Game 6 lineup:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 22, 2016
Andrew Toles is back in the lineup and he is batting lead-off as Chase Utley gets pushed down to the eighth spot. Toles is 5 for 10 in the NLCS with two doubles so this makes sense to me. Toles will be in left field as the rest of the lineup looks the same.
Game time – 5 PM PST TV – FS1
Here is the Cubs lineup….
Cubs sit Heyward in Game 6. Lineup:
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) October 22, 2016
Looks like Jason Heyward is riding the pine tonight as he is just 1 for 16 in the series.
The Dodgers need to get an early lead and take the crowd out of the game right away. I think if the Dodgers can win tonight then there will be a lot of pressure on the Cubs tomorrow. The fans will start thinking about the curse and so will the players. Hopefully Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, and the goat can help us to game 7 tomorrow. I don’t want it to end tonight guys.
Go Dodgers please.