The Dodgers and the Cubs will square-off in what could be Chicago’s last game of 2017. Los Angeles currently leads the series 3-0, so just one more win will send them to the World Series. However, even with their troubles, the Cubs are still a dangerous team so the Dodgers shouldn’t relax just yet.
Alex Wood will get the ball for the Dodgers and the Cubs will put their trust in Jake Arrieta to keep their postseason alive. Alex Wood faced the Cubs twice this season and did fairly well. In 8.2 innings, Wood posted a 1.04 ERA and held Chicago to a .172 batting average. Arrieta, on the other hand, was not so successful. He started just one game against the Dodgers this year and gave up four runs on five hits, two of which were home runs. He didn’t do to well against the Dodgers in the 2016 NLCS either, giving up four runs on six hits in five innings of work.
Here are Wednesday’s lineups for both teams:
You’ll notice that Curtis Granderson and Yasmani Grandal get the start against Arrieta. Granderson has a slash line of .313/.351/.719, which explains why he is in there. Grandal hasn’t hit Arrieta particularly well in his career, however, with just one hit in seven at-bats.
Here is what Alex Wood had to say about the clubhouse atmosphere and how the Dodgers are feeling:
I think I’ve been fortunate to go to the playoffs a lot so far in my career and I think the biggest difference… in the clubhouse has been that everyday has literally been close to the same. Were kind of back to being the fun Dodgers now the way we’ve played so far and that energy is back in our clubhouse. But in terms of how guys are preparing and their perspective and how they treat each game it literally just feels like another game every day. Our focus is locked back in and we feel like we’re playing the kind of ball that we know how to play and playing to our potential.
You can check out everything Alex Wood had to say in the video below!
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