The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ offense made the most out of a shaky first inning by Diamondbacks’ starter Taijuan Walker on Friday evening, and eventually held off the Arizona bats en route to a 9-5 victory and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five NLDS.
While it was natural for many fans of the Dodgers to express disappointment in the team’s loss to the Cubs in the 2016 NLCS, there are plenty of positives surrounding the club in the coming year, and once the anguish passes and the dust settles, forecasts for 2017 will be loaded with a wealth of confidence.
While the Dodgers hope to move forward and put the bad dream of Game 4 behind them, the players will need to harness every ounce of offensive energy they can at the dish and on the bases, as southpaw Jon Lester takes the bump for the Cubs in hopes of putting his club back in control when the NLCS moves back to Chicago.
Although it appears as if the Cubs are amid an unwelcomed offensive cold spell at the worst possible time, the Dodgers put together perhaps their best overall performance of the postseason in Game 3 on Tuesday, defeating Chicago 6-0 and taking a bit of control of the NLCS with two games still to be played in Los Angeles.
In what is shaping up to be a critical Game 3 for both clubs in the NLCS on Tuesday in Los Angeles, the Dodgers will send veteran southpaw Rich Hill to the bump, while the Cubs will counter with the 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner, Jake Arrieta.
While the dust has finally settled on top of the Washington Nationals and the NLDS, the Dodgers have turned the page to the next chapter of the 2016 postseason by announcing the 25-man roster for the seven-game championship series against the Cubs on Saturday morning.