NLCS Game 2: Cubs Look to Avoid 0-2 Hole in LA

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Rich Hill Ready for Cubs in 2017 NLCS

The 2017 NLCS Game 2 has the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers meeting at Chavez Ravine. The first pitch is set for 8:08 pm EST. TBS will televise the game.

Rich Hill was ready to start a winner-take-all game in the 2016 NLCS. The Chicago Cubs upended Clayton Kershaw in Game 6. The Cubs advanced to the World Series and they ended a 108-year championship drought.

While Sunday’s outing won’t send the Dodgers to the World Series, it would give the Dodgers a decisive 2-0 lead. With the series shifting to Chicago on Tuesday, this could be major, especially if the Dodgers can steal one in Chicago.

Oddsmakers have the Dodgers as a -155-moneyline favorite. The total is at 7.5.

Cubs Turn to Lester in Game 2 on NLCS

Cubs starter Jon Lester will be ready. He will not be the least bit intimidated. Lester gets the call knowing he was on the mound for two of the four victories in last year’s NLCS.

Lester was only named the Game 2 starter Saturday morning. He threw 51 pitches in Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday. Lester will come into the outing on just three days’ rest. He also pitched in Game 2 of the NLDS. That was a game the Cubs lost to the Nationals.

Trailing by one game in the NLCS to the Dodgers is not new for the Cubs. They were down 2-1 in last year’s NLCS. They reeled off three consecutive victories, including the clincher against Kershaw.

Hill No Stranger to the NLCS

Hill was the pitcher who put the Dodgers on top in last year’s NLCS. He cruised with six shutout innings in Game 3. The Dodgers had handcuffed the Cubs’ offense to that point. Hill doesn’t like to make comparisons year to year. It is almost impossible to avoid looking back to last year’s playoff outing.

Hill will be a mystery to most Cubs hitters. Most of them haven’t faced him yet. The Cubs could do some damage because they finished eighth in the league with a .777 OPS against left-handers.

In his start against the Diamondbacks in the NLDS, Hill didn’t have his best command. He struggled through 78 pitches in just four innings. Hill  allowed two runs off three hits and three walks. It marked his second-lowest rate of strikes in a start this season.

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Recent Form

Team record money vs LHP vs RHP Fave Dog O/U Diff
Chi Cubs 95-73 -$639.00 22-16 73-57 82-61 13-11 76-82-10 0.72
LA Dodgers 108-58 $44.00 35-15 73-43 104-54 3-4 80-80-6 1.22
Pitchers Last 3 Starts
J Lester (13-8) ERA: 4.21
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Oct 7, 2017 WSH L 3-6 O 6 -$100.00
Sep 30, 2017 CIN W 9-0 O 5 $49.00
Sep 25, 2017 STL W 10-2 O 6 $130.00
R Hill (12-8) ERA: 3.35
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Oct 7, 2017 ARI W 8-5 O 4 $70.00
Sep 27, 2017 SD W 10-0 O 7 $40.00
Sep 22, 2017 SF W 4-2 U 6 $45.00
Bullpen
Chi Cubs’s relievers have pitched 13 innings in the last 3 games.
LA Dodgers’s relievers have pitched 13 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent

Chicago Cubs – J Lester

Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
May 28, 2017 9-4 LA 3.1 7 6 6 2 3 Loss
Apr 10, 2017 3-2 CHC 6 4 1 1 1 7 No Decision
Oct 20, 2016 8-4 CHC 7 5 1 1 1 6 Win
Oct 15, 2016 8-4 CHC 6 4 1 1 1 3 No Decision
Aug 28, 2016 1-0 LA 6 3 0 0 2 6 No Decision

Los Angeles Dodgers – R Hill

Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
Oct 18, 2016 6-0 LA 6 2 0 0 2 6 Win

NLCS Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 5.01 8 3.57 2
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 4.74 11 3.32 1
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 4.79 12 4.29 8
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 5.00 11 4.06 6

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line O/U Away Pitcher Home Pitcher Away Hits Home Hits Away Walks Home Walks Away Strikeouts Home Strikeouts
Oct 14, 2017 CHC 2 LA 5 O Jose Quintana (L) Clayton Kershaw (L) 4 8 1 4 9 6
May 28, 2017 CHC 4 LA 9 -160 6.5 O Jon Lester (L) Clayton Kershaw (L) 11 11 3 5 12 10
May 27, 2017 CHC 0 LA 5 -116 7.5 U John Lackey (R) Brandon McCarthy (R) 3 6 1 6 8 11
May 26, 2017 CHC 0 LA 4 -136 7 U Jake Arrieta (R) Alex Wood (L) 2 5 3 3 10 12
Apr 13, 2017 LA 0 CHC 4 -120 7.5 U Hyun-Jin Ryu (L) Brett Anderson (L) 6 8 4 4 5 9
Apr 12, 2017 LA 2 CHC 0 -122 7 U Brandon McCarthy (R) John Lackey (R) 5 5 6 3 14 9
Apr 10, 2017 LA 2 CHC 3 -151 7.5 U Alex Wood (L) Jon Lester (L) 6 6 3 7 10 10
Oct 22, 2016 LA 0 CHC 5 116 6.5 U Clayton Kershaw (L) Kyle Hendricks (R) 2 7 1 0 7 8
Oct 20, 2016 CHC 8 LA 4 148 7 O Jon Lester (L) Kenta Maeda (R) 13 9 4 2 9 6
Oct 19, 2016 CHC 10 LA 2 -109 7 O John Lackey (R) Julio Urias (L) 13 6 3 5 8 8

NLCS Betting Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Chicago Cubs

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 95-73 49-34 46-39 82-58 13-14 76-82-9 22-16 73-57
Last 10 6-4 3-2 3-2 3-1 3-2 4-5 1-2 5-2
vs Div 46-30 22-15 24-15 40-28 6-2 37-37-2 4-3 42-27
vs AL 12-8 5-5 7-3 10-6 2-2 11-7-2 4-4 8-4
vs NL 83-65 44-29 39-36 72-52 11-12 65-75-7 18-12 65-53

Los Angeles Dodgers

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 108-58 60-24 48-34 104-53 4-5 80-80-5 35-15 73-43
Last 10 9-1 6-0 3-1 8-1 0-0 5-4 5-0 4-1
vs Div 44-35 25-15 19-20 44-35 1-0 41-37-1 23-11 21-24
vs AL 16-4 9-1 7-3 15-4 1-0 9-9-2 3-0 13-4
vs NL 92-54 51-23 41-31 89-49 3-5 71-71-3 32-15 60-39
Team Last 5 Games

Chicago Cubs

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Oct 14, 2017 LA 2-5 L J Quintana 5 C Kershaw A
Oct 12, 2017 WSH 9-8 W -118 7.5 K Hendricks 4 G Gonzalez A
Oct 11, 2017 WSH 0-5 L -104 7 J Arrieta 4 S Strasburg H
Oct 9, 2017 WSH 2-1 W 100 7.5 J Quintana 5.2 M Scherzer H
Oct 7, 2017 WSH 3-6 L 108 8.5 J Lester 6 G Gonzalez A

Los Angeles Dodgers

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Oct 14, 2017 CHC 5-2 W C Kershaw 5 J Quintana H
Oct 9, 2017 ARI 3-1 W -115 9 Y Darvish 5 Z Greinke A
Oct 7, 2017 ARI 8-5 W -142 8 R Hill 4 Robbie Ray H
Oct 6, 2017 ARI 9-5 W -252 7.5 C Kershaw 6.1 T Walker H
Oct 1, 2017 COL 6-3 W -150 11 Ross Stripling 2 Kyle Freeland A

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