Jose Quintana Will Face Clayton Kershaw In Game 1 Of NLCS


Game 5 of the NLDS was a crazy affair to put it mildly. John Lackey and Justin Wilson were the only arms left in the bullpen. Jose Quintana threw 12 pitches in the game. Wade Davis recorded the final 7 outs. Joe pushed all of his chips to the center of the table. It worked. The Cubs are back in the NLCS for the third straight year.

All of the discussion the last two days has been about who would start game 1 of the NLCS. Joe Maddon, Jed Hoyer, and Theo Epstein have decided on lefty Jose Quintana. The southpaw has faced multiple current Dodgers players. Logan Forsythe has 11 AB’s against Quintana. He has 5 hits including 3 doubles, a HR, and 5 RBI’s. That will be a key match up in tonight's game. He will be squaring off with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

Corey Seager is not on the Dodgers 25 man roster due to a back injury.

Let’s take a look at the Cubs hitters numbers against Kershaw:

Albert Almora: 2 H — 3 AB

Javy Baez: 2 H — 6 AB — 1 HR — 1 RBI — 1 K

Kris Bryant: 2 H — 7 AB — 1 HR — 2 RBI — 2 BB — 5 K

Anthony Rizzo: 5 H — 14 AB — 1 2B — 2 HR — 4 RBI — 3 K

Willson Contreras: 2 H — 3 AB — 1 HR — 1 RBI — 1 K

Ian Happ: 0 H — 3 AB — 3 K

Jason Heyward: 1 H — 7 AB — 4 K

Jon Jay: 2 H — 15 AB — 1 2B — 1 BB — 10 K

Tommy La Stella: 1 H — 5 AB — 2 K

Leonys Martin: 0 H — 2 AB — 2 K

Addison Russell: 1 H — 8 AB — 1 BB — 3 K

Ben Zobrist: 0 H — 3 AB

One little nugget: Jesse Rogers said this morning on ESPN 1000 that Kyle Schwarber is in the line up tonight. Interesting.

Here is the Cubs 25 man roster for the NLCS: The Cubs choose to replace Justin Wilson with Hector Rondon


6-Carl Edwards, Jr. RHP

28-Kyle Hendricks RHP

32-Brian Duensing LHP

34-Jon Lester LHP

38-Mike Montgomery LHP

41-John Lackey RHP

46-Pedro Strop RHP

49-Jake Arrieta RHP

56-Hector Rondon RHP

62-Jose Quintana LHP

71-Wade Davis RHP

Position Players

2-Tommy La Stella INF

5-Albert Almora, Jr. OF

8-Ian Happ INF/OF

9-Javier Baez INF

12-Kyle Schwarber OF

13-Alex Avila C

17-Kris Bryant INF

18-Ben Zobrist INF/OF

22-Jason Heyward OF

24-Leonys Martin OF

27-Addison Russell INF

30-Jon Jay OF

40-Willson Contreras C

44-Anthony Rizzo INF

Los Angeles Dodgers 25 man roster:

Pitchers: Clayton Kershaw SP, Yu Darvish SP, Rich Hill SP, Alex Wood SP, Ross Stripling RP, Josh Fields RP, Tony Cingrani RP, Tony Watson RP, Kenta Maeda RP, Brandon Morrow RP, Kenley Jansen RP

Position Players: Yasmani Grandal C, Austin Barnes C, Kyle Farmer C, Cody Bellinger INF, Logan Forsythe INF, Charlie Culberson INF, Justin Turner INF, Chase Utley Inf, Yasiel Puig OF, Chris Taylor INF/OF, Curtis Granderson OF, Kike Hernandez INF/OF, Andre Ethier OF, Joc Pederson OF

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