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NLCS Game 5 Open Thread: Cubs at Dodgers

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Which team will fly back to Chicago with a series advantage?

MLB: NLCS-Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers (series tied 2-2)

Time/Place: 8 p.m. ET, Dodger Stadium
TV: Fox Sports 1
Pitching Matchup: LHP Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44 ERA) vs RHP Kenta Maeda (16-11, 3.48 ERA)

Outlook

After the Cubs decisive win last night, Lester will need to be careful to keep the Cubs from getting cocky. This is the most pivotal game of the postseason thus far, and the young Cubs team needs to keep the foot on the gas pedal. Maeda will have his hands full with the stacked Cubs lineup, but since none of the Cubs batters have ever faced him, he has the advantage.

Hitters to fear are Enrique Hernandez (3 for 12, 1 HR career against Lester) from Los Angeles and Anthony Rizzo (32 HR, 109 RBI in 2016 regular season) from Chicago.

Prediction

The Dodgers win this last home game and send the series back to Chicago with a series lead.

Who are you rooting for?