First game: Cubs at Cardinals, 2:30PM PT, TV: TBS
Down 1-0, the Cubs hope to bounce back with right-hander Kyle Hendricks (8-7, 3.95 ERA) going against the Cardinals’ lefty Jaime Garcia (10-6, 2.43 ERA). They would really like to see their Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Kris Bryant break out of his 3-for-30 slump in his last eight games. He’s never seen Garcia, but then only Starlin Castro of the Cubs has: the last time Garcia pitched against Chicago was in 2012. The Cardinals have seen quite a bit of the Cubs’ Hendricks, and some of them have done quite well against him.
Second game: Mets at Dodgers, 6:00PM PT, TV: TBS
The Dodgers send Zack Greinke (19-3, 1.66 ERA) to stop the Mets and their rookie righthander Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 3.24 ERA). The Dodgers’ hitting is not firing on all cylinders, and some of that can be laid at the feet of the Mets’ de Grom last night. They have to get untracked today or they go to New York down two games to none with the prospect of having to win three straight to advance to the NLCS.
Don’t despair, Dodgers fans! From Roger Angell’s World Series column in 1965:
The Twins, having devoured Drysdale and Koufax on successive afternoons, now disposed of Perranoski.
I came away with the curious impression that the Twins, after two straight victories, were only slightly behind in the World Series.
And we all remember how that Series turned out, don’t we?