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NLCS Game 6 Preview: Cubs/Dodgers

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NLCS Game 6 Preview

The Chicago Cubs took two of three games from the Los Angeles Dodgers while in LA. The Cubs will look to close things out at Wrigley Field Saturday evening in front of their hometown fan base. The Dodgers on the other hand are headed to Wrigley Field down in this series and need a win to stay alive.

Pitching Match up:

The Game 6 match up is the Battle of the Aces which we previously saw take place during Game 2 at Wrigley. Kyle Hendricks will take the mound once again against Clayton Kershaw. Last time, Kershaw pitched seven scoreless inning while only allowing two hit to out-duel Hendricks. Hendricks will look to use the momentum the Cubs have and hope he can ride from that as he pitches Saturday night in front of over 41,000 fans, as well the millions of fans tuning in from across the world. His Game 2 start was not awful but not enough to bring the Cubs to victory. He went 5 1/3 innings in which he only gave up one run.

If needed, the Dodgers have announced Rich Hill will start Game 7. Hill pitched a masterpiece during Game 3. He went six scoreless inning while striking out six Cub batters. He even called his night “the biggest game of his career.” The Cubs have yet to name a starter for Game 7


If the Cubs want to pull off this victory Saturday night they will need a strong performance coming from the middle of their lineup. Game 5 and 6 were good representation of what can happen if the middle of the order produces. Big hits from Anthony Rizzo, Javy Baez, and Addison Russell made and impacted the final result of the last couple of games, which put them into a good position to put the Cubs back in the World Series. Also it would be beneficial if Jason Heyward can come out of this slump of his and provide something productive sometime soon. Imagine the possibilities.

For the Dodgers, they need hits and runs. Sounds simple but it has not been easy for them. They can’t only rely on Corey Seager and Adrian Gonzalez to provide the offense. They need guys like Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson to be aggressive and remind us that they belong in October and are a team not to be messed with.


“He and Rich are who you want at the end of the series,” said Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager.


NLCS Game 6: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs Tonight at 8 PM/7 CT

If needed, NLCS Game 7: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs Sunday 8 PM/7 CT


Cubs TV: FS1 – Radio: 570 LA Sports, ESPN Radio

Dodgers TV: FS1 – Radio: 670 The Score, ESPN Radio