Dodgers @ Cubs: Maeda vs Lester (Game 167; NLCS Game 1)

Cubs 8, Dodgers 4
W: Chapman (1-0); L: Blanton (0-1)
Cubs lead series: 1-0

LAD (0-0): RHP Kenta Maeda (0-1, 12.00)
CHC (0-0): LHP Jon Lester (1-0, 0.00)
First pitch: 7:00pmCST

Lester went 8 scoreless to beat the Giants in Game One of the NLDS on Friday. He struck out 5 and walked none. The Dodgers are 20-115 (.174) against him. Ethier is 2-4 with a couple RBIs.

Maeda gave up 4 ER in 3 innings to lose Game Three of the NLDS against the Nationals. He finished the year strong, going 3-2 with a 2.73 in September. He went 9-6 with a 3.74 on the road this year and none of the Cubs have faced him.

The Cubs won the season series against the Dodgers, 4-3. That’ll work.

Hendricks versus Kershaw, the new Dodgers closer, tomorrow at 7pmCST.

Go Cubs!


Tommy LaStella out. Rob Z in. I like this play.

I wonder how Tommy is going to take it.

*cues up morrissey and the smiths on itunes*

LEAVE NO DOUBT! (Please. I'm going tonight.)

Very happy for you Billybucks!! And there was no doubt!* *after the Miggyslam

RIP billybucks's eardrums

I flew my son home from college for this game. Truly one of the greatest experiences of my life.

Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Addison Russell SS, Jason Heyward RF, Javier Baez 2B, Ross C, Lester SP

rather quick/boring (yet close) game 2 for TOR/CLE...CLE wins, 2-0 series lead...series moves to TOR

As if you needed to ask, Parachat is happening.

As if you needed to ask, Baez is happening.

As is Dexter Fowler!

Holy Shit Montero!!!


Joe Buck's reaction to the top of the 8th?

That game had Game 3 of the SF series written all over it. Then it didn't.

needed more pitching substitutions.

So that 8th inning was a helluva shitshow of managing on both teams but glad it worked out of course.


probably should have just started with Strop or Chapman, but a mild sin imo

and definitely should have bunted with addison. as much as i hate bunts, getting a guy to third with less than 2 outs is still a good thing


IBB Jason Heyward???!!!!???!!!

Coghlan apparently had decent numbers vs Blanton so I suppose that's okay although never a fan of walking the bases loaded, give you no room for error 

ultimately Montero just came through but I think we've seen the good and bad of over-managing this post season


Still trying to wrap my head around what was most unlikely to happen: - stealing home - pinch hit, go ahead grand slam - IBB to Heyward I'm at a loss (To be fair, impressed with J-Hey's triple. By my count, he has two more extra base hits than both Russell and Rizzo combined so far this post season)

Walking Coghlan also got Chapman out of the game. Addy is a mess at the plate right now -- trying to pull everything. That AB in the 8th was awful -- 2 strikes, low and away pitch perfect for a ground ball to the right side...and he reaches out and pulls it to third. I hope he starts hitting to RF soon. I wonder if that hot HR streak has down more harm than good.

Russell seems to go through some extended cold streaks in which he's an automatic out. I'm hoping Mallee figures out a way to get him out of those streaks faster than he has so far.

Not sure Chapman comes out to get 6 outs in a tie game but I can't say for sure. The first IBB to Heyward was the more egregious offense.

Agreed! Joe says to keep things simple -- so give the 8th to Rondon and the 9th to Chapman.

looks like he's leaning towards Strop now than Rondon but maybe he just liked the matchup

"definitely should have bunted with Addison" There's more count-based swinging or not-swinging going on than is often talked about. On 1-2 or 2-2, with the pitcher having a ball to give, Addison would have expected a slider low and outside and would have held up. But 3-1, you expect the pitcher to throw a strike. That pitch took guts to throw if that was where Blanton wanted it. Then on 3-2, you still expect a strike; so I can sort of forgive Addison for swinging at two pitches that would have been ball four and had a better result than a bunt. Standard count-based swinging.

If you're bunting there, you're bunting at the beginning of the count and Russell has been struggling mightily. Blanton's slider was made to bunt too as it's more a 10-6 slider than a frisbee.

But -- we have seen Addy try to bunt on rare occasions. He's a terrible bunter.

Certainly a consideration

Lots of media ripping Maddon for taking out Lester. I thought it was the right move -- the Dodgers were on him all night. A runner thrown out at the plate, Dexter's two diving catches, and multiple line drives right at Cubs infielders. Although the HR was a wind-blown fly ball, he was very lucky to only give up one run.

Mostly agreed. Lester wasn't fooling many hitters. The frequent pitching substitutions make me nervous, though.

I didn't mind taking Lester out either.  He was getting outs but not really fooling guys either.

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