Free NLCS Series Prediction: Dodgers vs Cubs Odds
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2016 NLCS Free Series Picks & Odds
Unlike the American League, the National League was filled with late drama and plenty of manage chess moves.
The Chicago Cubs needed 4 games to end the even year run for the Giants. Things weren’t as easy as they seemed, as the Cubs used a 4 run 9th inning against in Game 4 to avoid sending the series back to Chicago.
As for the Dodgers, they used Clayton Kershaw on 3 different occasions in the series, one of which was in Game 5 in the Bottom of the 9th with 1st and 2nd. The Dodgers prevailed and will now try to put an end to the Cubs dream run.
Who’s got the edge? Let’s break it down.
2016 NLCS Free Series Prediction: Offense
The Dodgers offense has some threatening bats in the lineup, but they’re at their best when they manufacture runs and put up the crooked number.
Corey Seager, Justin Turner, and Adrian Gonzalez are the three hitters to watch out for.
Seager in particular, will be one to keep a close eye on. He was all or nothing in the NLDS, as he hit a pair of solo home runs and that was it.
Los Angeles will look to set the table for Seager and Gonzalez, both who can drive the ball out of the ballpark and put that crooked number up.
It’s hard to find a weakness in this Chicago Cubs lineup.
The Cubs averaged 5 runs in the regular season and from top to bottom they’re just tough to hold down.
They’ll use the speed hitters to set the table for the big bats. When it comes to speed, Dexter Fowler and Jason Heyward are the two to watch.
Power wise, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, the list goes on and on. Chicago is one of the best teams with RISP and can build an inning with 0 outs or 2 outs.
Edge: Chicago Cubs
Chicago just has too much firepower. There isn’t one guy in the lineup who can’t hit the ball out of the ballpark and when you get into the middle of the lineup, any one of them can take a pitcher deep.
2016 NLCSFree Series Prediction: Pitching
It goes without saying, especially after the NLDS, but this team will ask Clayton Kershaw to do a lot here in this 7 game series.
Kershaw earned a pair of wins and a Game 5 save in the NLDS and will likely start at least 2 games here in the NLCS. A surprise bullpen appearance late in the series is almost a given depending on the situation.
Finding another reliable starter along side him is key. Rich Hill showed he can bring it, but he is always on a short leash.
The back end of the bullpen is shaky, but given what closer Kenley Jansen showed in Game 5, there is a lot of options and ways to work the back end.
The Chicago Cubs rotation is easily one of the best in the MLB.
Chicago has not announced a full rotation yet, but Jon Lester will be given the nod in Game 1. Following him up will be Kyle Hendricks and Jake Arrieta in some particular order, which is just a disturbing sight for the opposing team.
Turn it over to their bullpen and get to Aroldis Chapman and more times than not, the game is over.
Chicago certainly has plenty of talent in the starting pitching category, but the middle portion of their bullpen is question mark at who is reliable and who isn’t
Edge: Chicago Cubs
The Cubs get the edge here too. With the exception of Kershaw and Jansen, who can be trusted on the Dodgers pitching staff.
For Chicago, they have 3 reliable pitchers, who are typically working with the lead too, given how good the offense is.
2016 NLCS Free Series Prediction: Dodgers vs. Cubs
This one is the Cubs to lose.
It’s impossible to count out the Dodgers, especially after watching them in the NLDS. Los Angeles has a lot of pitchers who are willing to throw on extreme short rest and with Clayton Kershaw, who knows when he’ll pop up on the mound.
Still, Chicago has a talented lineup and a way too talented pitching staff. It’s the Cubs year in the National League and they can get this done in 5 or 6.
2016 NLCS Prediction: Chicago in 6
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