Dodgers: Waiting for NLCS Opponent
By Drew Gabruch
Both the Cubs and the Dodgers will have their hands full once again if they indeed meet in the NLCS for the second year in a row. These two teams have been developing a more intense rivalry over the past few years, mainly because of the success that both teams have been enjoying lately.
Chicago eliminated Los Angeles in the NLCS last year and left a taste of ‘unfinished business‘ with the Dodgers. Once again, both organizations have crafted teams that have been talented enough for the postseason and if they meet, last year will become a complete write-off. These two winners of their respected divisions have noticeably changed since they met in the postseason last year.
Though the changes may have positively impacted the Dodgers, as opposed to the Cubs. Chicago simply exploited the weaknesses of the 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers. The pitching staff of the Cubs tore right through LA’s batting order, to the point that – even when the Dodgers had momentum, they were shut back down.
But now the offensive depth for LA has carried their team for more than 162 games and creates a frightening three-headed dragon to compliment a fantastic rotation and an equally flawless bullpen. If the Cubs do advance, they will face Clayton Kershaw in Game One, who will likely be a different pitcher since going 4.1 innings and allowing 4 ER on 11 hits, in his only outing against the defending World Champs, this season. Kersh is ready to keep the train moving, and if it means going through Chicago, he will be all in.