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Cubs drop slumping Heyward from lineup for Game 3 of NLCS


MLB playoffs: Montero's pinch-hit slam lifts Cubs; Indians take 2-0 lead

The visiting Cubs will hand the ball to righty, and reigning Cy Young Award victor, Jake Arrieta, who pitched six innings of two-run ball in a Game 3 loss against the Giants.

OK, OK-we can’t reduce Game 3 to one stat. We summarize the ALCS and NLCS series below and preview what’s to come.

Also, Dodger Stadium workers on a shuttle from the parking lot discussing how they get paid at two times the usual rate during the playoffs, but at time-and-a-half during the World Series. Los Angeles, though, won that game 5-0. The 30-year-old told reporters he is much more comfortable with the postseason expectations this time around after allowing four runs in two of his three 2015 outings.

The Cubs were third in the majors with 808 runs in the regular season, but they haven’t scored since getting five in the eighth inning of Game 1. He is 2-for-26 in seven postseason games.

Napoli entered 2 for 18 this postseason and in an 0-for-25 slump against right-handers dating to the regular season. Toronto will start AL ERA leader Aaron Sanchez, who allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings against Texas in Game 3 of the ALDS. His 3.10 ERA and 1.08 WHIP are among the best in baseball.

Blue Jays: Happ struck out 11 and allowed one run over seven innings in beating the Indians on July 3.

Jason Kipnis and Mike Napoli homered for the Indians, who have a 3-0 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Maddon tried using daring language to influence Game 4 and a different lineup to affect Game 3.

Julio Urias will start Game 4 of the NLCS for the Dodgers against the Chicago Cubs, as expected, while Kenta Maeda is tentatively expected to start Game 5. They’ll have to win at least once in Los Angeles to bring the series back to Wrigley Field. “I did that in May, and now to be able to have this opportunity and to be called on to start, it’s great”.

The Blue Jays batters have done more talking than hitting, arguing with home plate umpire Laz Diaz throughout Game 2, often with displays that likely would earned them ejections in less important games. “I was just lucky to put a good swing on it”.

The teams will be back at it at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET. According to Elias, it was just the third pinch-hit grand slam in playoff history and first to put a team ahead.

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling announced plans on Tuesday to run against Elizabeth Warren in the U.S. Senate if his wife agrees, but he declined to apologize to Rhode Island taxpayers left on the hook for tens of millions of dollars when his video game company collapsed.

For the Dodgers, Adrian Gonzalez has been an integral part of the team’s offense early in this series.

The victory was filled with players who epitomize the Dodgers, beginning with starter Hill, who most had picked as the probable loser in the battle with defending Cy Young Award victor Jake Arrieta.

In Game 2 of the NLDS, Hill suffered the loss when he gave up four runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking two on 55 pitches. But after needing another 25 pitches to navigate the third, the Cubs failed to punish a pitcher on the ropes.

During a post-game interview after the Dodgers win, Grandal was asked about sign-stealing.

Prediction – This is a hard series to call as so much depends on which pitchers show up for both clubs.

It was on August 30, 2015 that Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta authored the best performance of his career, as he fired a no-hitter in Dodger Stadium, finishing the task by striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth.

But that charmed existence doesn’t matter now, because if the Cubs hope to end their 107-year championship drought, they must show that they can get up from a shot to the chin.