It’s the series I’ve had my eye on since the schedule was announced last fall — the Dodgers facing the Cubs for Chicago’s home opener. Would the Dodgers be the World Series Champs, and the Cubs be dealing with the what-ifs, or would the Dodgers be faced with watching the Cubs raise the World Series banner?
Cause that was then and we have taken diff’rent roads
We can’t go back again there’s no use giving in
And there’s no way to know
What might have been”
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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.
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For many fans of the Dodgers, Saturday’s NLCS Game 6 has a few of those eerie vibes of producing borderline irritable perspectives from those who can vividly count back the days to the club’s last World Series appearance in 1988.
“‘Cause I need you more than I needed before
And now where I’ll find comfort, God knows
‘Cause you left me just when I needed you most
Left me just when I needed you most.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
“If you only knew what you’re putting me through
There’s that heart attack
You’re givin’ me a heart attack
A heart attack, you’re givin’ me a heart attack
I must have died and gone to heaven
What a way to go”
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For some strange reason, many fans of the Dodgers weren’t overly optimistic about a positive outcome at the beginning of Game 1 on Saturday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago. After all, the Boys in Blue must have been close to exhaustion after laying everything on the line in Game 5 of the NLDS just two days prior, without an opportunity for even a short layover at home. Plus, southpaw Jon Lester had been sensational as of late while the Dodgers’ opening offering, Japanese rookie Kenta Maeda, had recently been showing signs of a somewhat tired and weary right arm.