Predictions for Cubs-Nats NLDS

Predictions for Cubs-Nats NLDS”

He hustled into second and scored two pitches later, when Rizzo hammered a fastball that a diving Bryce Harper couldn't corral.

And they were going to have to capitalize. He battled Harper until the superstar grounded sharply up the middle to shortstop Addison Russell. (Yes, yes, Lester underhanded the ball to first for the out.) And Murphy popped weakly into short left field. How far will Hendricks go?

The duo of Bryant and Anthony Rizzo - Bryzzo as they are dubbed - knocked in all the runs Hendricks would need - and more.

The Washington Nationals host the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park beginning at 4:30 p.m. Baez reached on Rendon's error at third base to start the inning and was sacrificed to second by Hendricks.

After Jackie Bradley Jr. had an RBI single in the Boston second, the Astros started to break away. Heck of a play. "We are not always going to be this young". The Cubs' Kris Bryant, the 2016 NL MVP, hit.286 with two RBIs against Washington pitching. Houston leads its best-of-five matchup 2-0 after a pair of 8-2 wins, including a three-homer outburst from Jose Altuve on Thursday and long balls from Carlos Correa and George Springer on Friday. Hendricks rewarded the assignment with a compendium of groundballs and strikeouts, getting 12 of his 21 outs on the ground and six via punchout - one in each of his final half-dozen innings. And then Trae Turner grounded back to the mound on the second pitch he saw. That's why the Cubs pay him the big bucks.

The 24-year-old missed 42 games with a bone bruise in his left knee after hyperextending it August 12 when he slipped on first base.

But the Cubs were finally able to get to the starting pitcher in the sixth inning and made it count.

But if they can't somehow win three of the next four games, that would make it four quick October exits in the past six seasons - maybe not historic in this city known for its history, but pretty darned annoying to the folks around here, just the same.

Being better isn't just about scoring more runs. He is 9-7 with a 2.63 ERA over his postseason career.

"Sounds really good", catcher Willson Contreras said.

Event parking is free on a first-come, first-served basis in the Toyota Camry Lot at 1126 W. Grace St. Quintana has a 3.74 ERA and 1.103 WHIP in 14 starts in a Chicago Cubs uniform.

"You know how well [Strasburg's] throwing the other side", Hendricks said. Last postseason, he was a spectator, forced to watch Clayton Kershaw's heroics doom the Nationals because of a partially torn pronator tendon. Obviously the Nationals have no direct connection to either of the two franchises which carried the Senators name from 1901 through 1971, but championships are just as much if not more about fan experience than team experience, and there is virtually no one with living memory of any baseball team that called Washington home winning the Fall Classic.

The Cubs stacked their lineup with right-handed hitters for Game 2 of the NLDS Saturday (4:38 CST, TBS, 670-AM). The inning didn't end there, as Anthony Rizzo would drive in another run with a single to right.

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