It is no secret the Los Angeles Dodgers have had a miserable time batting against left-hand pitching this season, finishing dead last in the league in all major statistical hitting categories.
Luckily for the Dodgers heading into game 6 of the National League Championship Series, the Cubs will throw out right handed pitchers Kyle Hendricks and Jake Arrieta in game 6 and game 7 respectively. The Dodgers two wins in the series have come from both Hendricks and Arrieta and they will be looking to do the same again to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1988.
Although the Dodgers are down in the series 3-2, it is the Cubs who have the pressure stacked against them as they look to rewrite 108 years of history and close out a scrappy Dodgers team at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers will send out the best pitcher in baseball, Clayton Kershaw in game 6 to force a game 7 where Rich Hill will look to close out the series. Both Kershaw and Hill beat the Cubs in game 2 and 3, using a heavy dose of curveballs and fastballs.
A 3-2 deficit is not insurmountable, with Kershaw on the mound in game 6, he gives the Dodgers the absolute best chance to win. This Dodgers team has scrappy and fearless mentality who has proven they are capable of getting back into a series when trailing. Going into Wrigley and winning two games in a playoff series is not impossible, just ask the 2003 Marlins.
With a veteran lineup facing right handed pitching and with Kershaw and Hill slated to face the Cubs, winning two games verse “the best team” in baseball is a strong possibility for this Dodgers team. Look for the Dodgers to play their scrappy brand of baseball in game 6, and for Kershaw to give this game everything he has.