March 18 2018

Chicago Cubs not to blame for strikeout numbers tonight

March 18 2018, 04:59 | Van Peters

Hendricks is a pitcher who started Game 7 of last year's World Series and was tasked to pitch Game 1 of the NLDS instead of Jon Lester. We like the Cubs to keep control of the series with a win in Game 2.

Baez reached when Rendon made his first error since July 22.

Here's how Joe Maddon wrote it out for their game against the Nationals and left-hander Gio Gonzalez: Albert Almora, CF; Kris Bryant, 3B; Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Willson Contreras, C; Addison Russell, SS; Ben Zobrist, RF; Javy Baez, 2B; Ian Happ, LF. Indians manager Terry Francona said late Friday that Encarnacion is day to day.

Baker didn't exactly describe the 6-foot-4 Strasburg as sounding all that excited when told about Friday's start.

"We couldn't really script it any better", Keuchel said. "Just ready for tomorrow".

Anthony Rizzo was seriously jacked after jacking a fourth-inning homer for a 3-1 Cubs lead.

"He's unbelievable. The confidence - the quiet confidence he brings to the field - it wears on people", Rizzo said. "You have to tip your cap to him". Although the Nationals have home-field advantage, this franchise is known for choking in the first round of the playoffs.

"I'm going to pitch in the division series", Scherzer said during his regular 106.7 The Fan segment - 'On the Mound with Max Scherzer, ' presented by Dulles Motors.

"Strasburg threw a great game". He took the loss after lasting only four innings, giving six hits, six runs (five runs), and whopping six walks with four strikeouts. Todd Ricketts, part of Cubs ownership, was quoted as saying about the Nationals come October: "You'll see them crumble". No National League team has won back-to-back World Series since the Big Red Machine in 1975-76.

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Carl Edwards Jr. threw a ideal inning and Wade Davis finished the two-hitter for a save. So far, Strasburg has struck out eight over the course of the first five innings. It was dumb little shit like this-highlighted with cathartic bitterness by the Washington Post's Thomas Boswell-that had me wanting to kick a hole in the wall by the time reliever Ryan Madson gave up a pair of eighth-inning doubles to plate Chicago's third run. Saturday's game against Cubs lefty Jon Lester will be Gonzalez's fifth postseason start but only second at home.

The right-hander went five innings in a 2014 game against the San Francisco Giants, but otherwise was shut down for the 2012 playoffs a year after having Tommy John surgery, then was sidelined by an arm injury at the end of last season. In other words, just because Strasburg's best wasn't good enough in Game 1, that doesn't mean the Nats' best isn't yet to come. "You're aware of it. Every pitch you have to have your focus", Hendricks said. "We want to win the whole thing".

"Of course you do", Maddon said.

"But to get this nod for Game 1, just t try to set the tone for the team is huge".

NOTES: All 16 position players in the starting lineups had at least 10 homers this year.

The Nationals went 4-3 against the Cubs this year, with the teams splitting four meetings in Washington (2-2).

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