The Dodgers look to rebound after last night’s trainwreck loss in game 1. The Dodgers blew a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning as a tired Joe Blanton allowed five runs off of a grand slam home run to Miguel Montero and a solo home run to Dexter Fowler. The inning included some questionable moves from Dave Roberts. The two intentional walks to Jason Heyward and pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan made little sense other than to setup match-ups and try to force Joe Maddon to hit for Aroldis Chapman.
It ended terribly for the Dodgers, but Adrian Gonzalez’s two-run single with the bases loaded off of Chapman in the top of the eighth was very exciting. It proves that Chapman is not untouchable. That may affect the way Maddon uses his bullpen going forward in the series.
NLCS Game 2
#Dodgers NLCS Game 2 lineup:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 16, 2016
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) October 16, 2016
Game Time – 5PM PST – TV- FS1
Tonight the Dodgers will give the ball to Clayton Kershaw in hopes of tying the series before coming back home to Dodger Stadium. Kershaw is ready to go after recording the save for the Dodgers in game 5 of the NLDS against Washington. In the NLDS he won one game, got a no-decision in the other and picked up a save. Despite posting a 5.84 ERA in the NLDS Kershaw still struck out 19 and walked just 3.
Kershaw did not face the Cubs this year, but has made 5 career starts against them and has posted a 5-3 record with a 2.18 ERA. Kershaw has made 3 career starts at Wrigley Field and is 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA. The only guy that Kershaw has not been able to get out is Dexter Fowler who somehow hits Kershaw at a .409 (18 for 44) clip.
Kershaw vs. Cubs
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The Cubs will start Kyle Hendricks who does not have overpowering velocity but has been extremely effective this season for Chicago. Hendricks made one start in the NLDS against the Giants but had to be removed early after a line drive hit him in the forearm.
He faced the Dodgers once this season and defeated them back on June 2 by allowing two earned runs on three hits over eight innings. Hendricks is 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA in 3 career starts against the Dodgers in the regular season. Hendricks uses great control and a good four-seamer to keep hitters off balance.
Kyle Hendricks vs. Dodgers
The Dodgers once again will lean on Kershaw to get them home with a split. If the Dodgers are going to overtake the Cubs then Kershaw may have to put the entire pitching staff on his back in a Sandy Koufax/Orel Hershiser type superman performance. If anyone can do it, it’s Kershaw. The offense needs to get some big hits too. Where’s the billy goat when we need him?