Dodgers at Cubs, 11:20 AM PDT, TV: SPNLA, WGN, MLBN (out-of-market only)
The Dodgers start their best and likely only All Star candidate among the starters, Ross Stripling (6-1, 1.76 ERA). In addition to winning six consecutive games, he’s gotten into the seventh inning his last two times out, saving the bullpen some work. He’ll face another All Star candidate in 34-year-old veteran John Lester (8-2, 2.28 ERA). Lester’s won his last four road starts, but that doesn’t mean he’s bad at home: he’s 3-1 at Wrigley Field this year. He’s also 4-0 in day games. He’s given up just eight hits in his last 20 innings. For comparison, Stripling has given up 12 hits in his last 18.
Today in Dodgers’ history:
- 2008 In recognition of their significant contributions to the community, the Dodgers become the first sports franchise to be honored by the Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The team receives an Award of Excellence star, which is placed in the Walk of Fame, which includes a constellation of celebrities, real and fictional, who have had a major impact on the entertainment industry.
- 2009 Jeff Weaver beats his kid brother Jered when the visiting Dodgers best the Halos, 6-5, at Angel Stadium. The Northridge, California natives become the eighth set of siblings in major league history to start against one another.
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Unless the Cubs win today there will be no baseball games until March.
It’ll be on Fox at 8:00PM ET. The Cubbies ask LHP John Lester to keep their hopes alive, while the Indians hope RHP Trevor Bauer can win the clincher. Lester is 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA this postseason, while Bauer is 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA.
First game: Cubs at Cardinals, 3:30PM PT, TV: TBS
The Cubs and Cardinals have been rivals for decades, but this is the first time they’ll face one another in the postseason. As if that weren’t enough, the opposing pitchers once played together for the Red Sox.
John Lester (11-12, 3.34 ERA) starts for the Cubs, while John Lackey (13-10, 2.77 ERA) starts for the Cardinals. Lackey leads all active pitchers in two playoff categories: today will make his 19th playoff start and he’s already thrown 117 postseason innings. Lester has a 6-4 record with a 2.57 ERA in the postseason himself.
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Second game: Mets at Dodgers, 6:30PM PT, TV: TBS
LHP Clayton Kershaw (16-7, 2.13 ERA) starts for the Dodgers. RHP Jacob deGrom (14-8, 2.54 ERA) starts for the Mets. Kershaw’s only blemish in his brilliant career is his 1-5 record and 5.12 ERA in the postseason. This will be deGrom’s first playoff appearance. He faced the Dodgers once this season and gave up two hits over 7 2/3 innings.
The Mets added Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson in mid-season and got David Wright back as well. “It’s a completely different lineup, not just Cespedes,” Kershaw said. “…a completely different team. Obviously, a lot better than what we faced in July.”
Dodgers’ playoff roster:
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