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The Cubs have scored just three runs in the first two games and haven’t gotten a hit off the Dodgers’ bullpen.
With a career 2.57 ERA in the postseason, Lester is again being counted upon in a pivotal game.
Hector Rondon allowed the go-ahead homer, and three Cubs relievers combined to give up three runs in three innings.
Rondon was left off the NLDS roster but could now be counted on in big NLCS moments.
Hendricks has a career 1.98 ERA in eight postseason starts. The Cubs are in need of another gem in Game 5.
The Cubs offense is scuffling, scoring just eight runs in four games against the Nationals.
“It does not change anything for us and what we do,” Cubs outfielder Jon Jay says.
TBS got its wish in Tuesday’s postponed Game 4, now moved to Wednesday.
“We never quit,” Albert Almora Jr. said after the Cubs rallied for a crucial 2-1 win against the Nationals in Game 3.
Arrieta is focused on the big games at hand but is also aware his time with the Cubs is likely winding down.
“When you do get your pitch from him, just make sure you don’t miss it,” Schwarber says of facing Scherzer.
“This is a huge game for me,” Quintana says. “I believe it is a huge opportunity as well.”
The Nationals rallied with five runs in the eighth inning to even the NLDS at 1-1.
“I do expect a lot of aggressiveness out there from them,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon says.
“We really trust each other,” Anthony Rizzo says. “That is the big, big thing for us.”
“Hopefully we kick his butt on the field,” Bryant says of Harper.
The inclusion of outfielder Leonys Martin was the odd choice by the Cubs, but he has speed and is excellent defensively.
“He never shows any emotion,” Kris Bryant says of Hendricks.
Strasburg was brilliant after the All-Star break, going 6-1 with a 0.86 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings.
Baker admitted there’s extra motivation to beat the Cubs, whom he managed from 2003-’06.