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#44 NLCS

Today will probably be a fairly short post, I don’t have a real plan or anything I’m just firing off the top of my head. My post today will mainly be about the NLCS, like I said I haven’t really watched much nor do I have much to say but I feel like talking about a couple things. But before I get into the Cubs-Dodgers series I have to mention the Yankees-Astros series which is far more interesting right now. The Astros won the first 2 games of the series with ease, it looked like the ‘Stros were just the better team but the Yankees rallied and have won 3 games in a row and now lead the series 3-2. It’s been pretty impressive actually, don’t know if they can close it out but still got to give the Yankees props.

The Dodgers won the first 3 games of the series and were going for the sweep last night but the Cubs hung on for a 3-2 win. I don’t mean to sound like a Cubs basher but after the series with the Nats and they barely won that did anyone really see them sneaking past the Dodgers too? Before Cubs fans jump on me for saying that I know they have won 3 games in a row before and it’s possible they can come back I just don’t see it happening. The Cubs strength this year was their hitting and the offense is not doing anything right now. 100% of the Cubs runs this series have came from homers, they have power in the lineup and they can run into a few but nobody is hitting enough to really worry about. I noticed that in the Nats series, no one on the Cubs team is really a threat with the bat. Right now, in the postseason not the regular season. Granted the Cubs are facing good pitching this postseason but right the Cubs couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn right. The stat I saw this morning was that that the Dodgers have 26 walks in this series the Cubs only have 4. Yikes all I have to say. The supposed strength of the Cubs is not looking pretty right now, while the Dodgers are looking like a very good team on both sides of the ball. I don’t think the Cubs bullpen looks too good either, it took literally everything the Cubs could muster to beat the Nats (and some interesting calls by the umpires) and I didn’t think they had enough left to beat the Dodgers too. However if you’re a Cubs fan reading this it might help because I might’ve just jinxed the Dodgers and now the Cubs might start hitting.

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#46 NLCS

Before I start I should say I haven’t been as emotionally invested in baseball as usual. Happens every year when the Nats get knocked out (usually around this time because they lose every year in the NLDS) so I’m sorry if I’m not my usual know everything self. The ALCS is going on as well but that’s kind of a blowout with the Indians up 3 games to none against the Blue Jays. It’s a little bit of a surprise to me because I thought the Jays were the better team but the playoffs are weird. I know plenty of Cub fans and the Cubs-Dodgers series just seems more interesting to me.

I have said this since the beginning, and I obviously still believe it, the Dodgers can spoil this postseason. The series is only tied 1-1 so it’s not like they’re already World Series bound it’s just I think it’s possible. They already beat the second best team in the NL and they match up very well with the Cubs. Even though the 3 games they won against the Nats they beat them by a total of 3 runs obviously barely enough to pull it out. I have had a couple days to process it and you have to hand it to the Dodgers. Their offense wasn’t at all better than the Nats, especially RISP the Dodgers were horrid, but they kept up with the Nats pitching wise. The Nats were obviously a great pitching team and so are the Cubs. Just like the NLDS against the Nats if the Dodgers can keep up with the Cubs on the pitching side maybe they can claw up enough runs to win the series. With the left handed starters the Dodgers have the Cubs are in for a battle. The Cubs have not been great against lefties all year, I know I’ve said that before, the Dodgers have Kershaw (whose already won), Hill, and Urias to potentially start. The Cubs are without a doubt a good hitting team but the highest era of those three pitchers is 3.39 and because they’re lefties I would give the Dodgers the advantage in those 3 games. If the Cubs decide to hit those lefties they could easily win beside Kershaw the other two aren’t as reliable. Like I said playoffs are weird the Cubs could easily change the trend of them being weak against lefty starters. Just my two cents on the NLCS.

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