NLDS GAME 4: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS AT CHICAGO CUBS
Series: Cubs lead 2-1
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago
Gametime: 4:30 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Cloudy, 59 degrees, wind 12 mph
Starting pitchers: STL RHP John Lackey (13-10, 2.77 ERA) / CHC RHP Jason Hammel (10-7, 3.74ERA)
After taking care of business in Game 3, the Chicago Cubs now have a chance to clinch an NL Championship Series berth in front of their home crowd at Wrigley Field. But in order to do so, they’ll have to beat John Lackey, who carved them up for 7 1/3 shutout innings in Game 1. Lackey now sports a 2.90 ERA in 22 career playoff appearances.
Pitching for the Cubs will be right-hander Jason Hammel, who has not been as lucky in the postseason. He has four playoff outings and a 4.80 ERA in those games. Hammel has not pitched yet this postseason, but did beat the Cardinals in his last matchup with them on Sept. 8 when he allowed three runs in six innings.
NLDS GAME 4: LOS ANGELES DODGERS AT NEW YORK METS
Series: Mets lead 2-1
Where: Citi Field, New York
Gametime: 8:00 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Chance of rain, 67 degrees, wind 7 mph
Starting pitchers: LAD LHP Clayton Kershaw (16-7, 2.13 ERA) / NYM LHP Steven Matz (4-0, 2.27 ERA)
Like the Cubs, the New York Mets have an opportunity to clinch a spot in the NLCS at home. While Lackey will be tough to beat for the Cubs, they should be thankful they don’t have the challenge the Mets are facing.
Clayton Kershaw will try and keep the Dodgers’ season alive with rookie Steven Matz as his counterpart. Kershaw has a rocky playoff history with a 4.99 ERA in 12 career outings. But he was good in Game 1 against the Mets and is never an easy foe.
Matz will have his work cut out for him in his first playoff game. He only made six appearances in 2015, his first MLB season, due to injury. That’s not a lot of experience to pull from, but he will have a home crowd working in his favor.