NLCS Game 6
Dodgers vs Cubs (Cubs lead series 3-2)
The Los Angeles Dodgers made the decision to save ace Clayton Kershaw forthe NLCS Game 6 instead of asking him to throw again on short rest in Game 5, and now they need him to save their season. Kershaw will take the mound on Saturday at Wrigley Field and try to prevent the host Chicago Cubs from clinching their first trip to the World Series since 1945 (Enter Contests).
The Cubs were shut out in Games 2 and 3 to fall behind 2-1 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series but exploded for 18 runs in the next two contests. And just like that, they took the series lead. Addison Russell hit a two-run homer in each of the last two games. The Cubs also received four RBIs apiece from Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez. .
Los Angeles now faces the task of winning two straight games on the road but is set up with its best two pitchers in Kershaw and Rich Hill in a potential Game 7.
Dodgers pitcher & team analysis – Clayton Kershaw (2-0, 3.72)
Kershaw allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings to earn the win in Game 2 at Wrigley Field after earning the save in the finale of the NLDS at Washington three days earlier. The former MVP is just 4-6 with a 4.39 ERA in his postseason career. He has never won two games in the same series.
Third baseman Justin Turner has reached base safely in 15 straight postseason games. Los Angeles committed five errors, leading to five unearned runs, in the last two games.
Cubs pitcher & team analysis – Kyle Hendricks (0-1, 3.00)
Hendricks allowed one run on three hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings while going up against Kershaw in Game 2. He ended up with the loss in a 1-0 final. The regular-season ERA champion at 2.13, Hendricks took a liner off the forearm in his NLDS start but was not bothered by any lingering pain in Game 2.
Right fielder Jason Heyward is batting .071 in the postseason, which includes a 1-for-16 in the NLCS.