Sport Dodgers tab Kershaw for NLCS opener

03:40  13 october  2017
03:40  13 october  2017 Source:   theScore

Cubs' Hendricks to start Game 1 of NLDS against Nationals

  Cubs' Hendricks to start Game 1 of NLDS against Nationals Kyle Hendricks tops out at about 88 mph. He looks and talks more like a college professor than a professional baseball player. He is among the most anonymous players on the star-studded Chicago Cubs. He also is the Game 1 starter for the defending World Series champions.Hendricks gets the ball Friday night when Chicago visits the Washington Nationals for the opener of their NL Division Series. He also started its previous postseason game, helping the Cubs win in Cleveland in Game 7 for their first championship since 1908."Excited to get out there," Hendricks said Wednesday.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts contributed a famous steal to Boston's run to the World Series title in 2004, stopping an 86-year drought. Jansen thinks he will be ready for the NLCS opener , and Kershaw said he felt fine.

Kershaw was named National League Pitcher of the Month in May, the sixth monthly honor of his career. Kershaw allowed five runs in five innings in Game 6 of the NLCS at Wrigley Field, and was the losing pitcher in the Dodgers final game of the season for the third time in four years.

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  Cubs come back on Scherzer, Nationals win 9-8 in NLDS Game 5 <p>Addison Russell drove in four runs, Wade Davis earned a seven-out save, and the Chicago Cubs reached their third NL Championship Series in a row by edging the Washington Nationals 9-8 in a thriller of a Game 5.</p>The defending World Series champion Cubs trailed 4-1 before scoring four runs in the fifth inning off two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer. They then led 9-6 and held on, with the help of Davis' longest appearance since 2012 and a key pickoff by catcher Willson Contreras in a game that lasted more than 4 hours and ended after midnight Friday. Davis struck out a swinging Bryce Harper to finish it off.

Maddon sticking with same rotation for NLCS . The Cubs will stay with the same pitching rotation for the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers . No time to bask in NLDS glory for Dodgers '€™ Clayton Kershaw .

CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Montero snapped an eighth-inning tie with the third pinch-hit grand slam in postseason history, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 in their NL Championship Series opener Saturday night.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will send ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw to the mound Saturday for their National League Championship Series opener against either the Washington Nationals or Chicago Cubs, manager Dave Roberts announced Thursday.

Roberts added that left-hander Alex Wood will start Game 4 of the best-of-seven NLCS, but is still contemplating whether to start right-hander Yu Darvish in Game 2 and left-hander Rich Hill in Game 3, or vice-versa.

Related: Kershaw ain't right, and that could spell trouble for the Dodgers

Kershaw, who led the National League with a 2.31 ERA (180 ERA+) during the regular-season, wasn't his dominant self in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, allowing four runs - on four solo homers - over 6 1/3 innings in a 9-5 win. The shaky outing didn't help dispel Kershaw's reputation as a mediocre postseason performer, as the three-time Cy Young award winner now owns a career 4.63 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 15 starts and four relief appearances in the playoffs.

Dodgers' Hill to start Game 2 of NLCS, Darvish goes at Wrigley

  Dodgers' Hill to start Game 2 of NLCS, Darvish goes at Wrigley The Los Angeles Dodgers' rotation behind Clayton Kershaw has been set. Manager Dave Roberts announced Friday that left-hander Rich Hill will get the ball in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium.&nbsp;Manager Dave Roberts announced Friday that left-hander Rich Hill will get the ball in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. Yu Darvish will have to wait to pitch until Game 3, when the series shifts to Chicago, with Alex Wood following him in Game 4.

The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner struck out six and walked one while throwing just 84 pitches in a brisk outing that could help when he returns later in the NLCS . The Dodgers needed a clutch pitching performance after their heartbreaking 8-4 loss in the series opener .

The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner struck out six and walked one while throwing just 84 pitches in a brisk outing that could help when he returns later in the NLCS . The Dodgers needed a clutch pitching performance after their heartbreaking 8-4 loss in the series opener .

Wood, incidentally, didn't pitch at all in his club's three-game NLDS sweep of the Diamondbacks. An All-Star for the first time in his career this year, Wood finished the regular season with a career-best 2.72 ERA (154 ERA+) and 3.97 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 25 starts and a pair of relief outings.

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