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NLDS Game Two: Cubs at Cardinals, Mets at Dodgers

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It's like 8/9ths baseball if you think about it.

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The American League Division Series take a break today, but the NL is still in action.

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals, Game 2

Start time: 5:30 p.m. ET

Media: TBS

Starting pitchers: RHP Kyle Hendricks (8-7, 3.95 ERA) vs. LHP Jaime Garcia (10-6, 2.43 ERA)

Key matchup: Cubs hitters vs. left-handed pitching

Left-handed pitchers have vexed the Cubs all season long, a weakness masked by dominant pitching staff of their own. The Cubs hit just .235/.315/.355 with a 27 percent strikeout rate against lefty starters, and they are going against one of the more underrated southpaws in baseball in Garcia. The 29-year-old Mexican did not face the Cubs in 20 regular season starts, but allowed just four runs in his final three outings.

Today's Lineups

CHICAGO CUBS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Dexter Fowler - CF Matt Carpenter - 3B
Jorge Soler - RF Stephen Piscotty - RF
Kris Bryant - 3B Matt Holliday - LF
Anthony Rizzo - 1B Jason Heyward - CF
Starlin Castro - 2B Jhonny Peralta - SS
Austin Jackson - LF Brandon Moss - 1B
Miguel Montero - C Yadier Molina - C
Kyle Hendricks - RHP Kolten Wong - 2B
Addison Russell - SS Jaime Garcia - LHP

New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers, Game 2

Start time: 9:00 p.m.

Media: TBS

Starting pitchers: RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 3.24 ERA) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (19-3, 1.66 ERA)

Key matchup: Noah Syndergaard vs. home/road splits

If it were not for his ongoing innings limit saga, the Mets would likely be starting Matt Harvey at Dodger Stadium tonight. The reason? Syndergaard, who has enjoyed a stellar rookie year, was 2-5 with a 4.23 ERA in 12 road starts this year. His 3.81 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the road looks impressive, but is nowhere near the 8.60 mark he put up at Citi Field. Meanwhile, Zack Greinke hasn't given up more than two runs in a home start since April.