Cubs begin defense of title at Nationals

Cubs begin defense of title at Nationals

Cubs begin defense of title at Nationals

"Trea Turner is a really good bunter, he will do that".

"Hopefully it's not our side, right?"

In a postseason where Corey Kluber, Chris Sale, Sonny Gray, Zack Greinke, and Luis Severino have all been knocked out of starts early, these two pitchers reminded everyone that pitching is still relevant in baseball. Carlos Correa hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the sixth to lead the Astros to an 8-2 win over the Red Sox in Game Two of their AL Division Series in Houston.

Last year, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. "But we pulled it out".

You can watch the Cubs vs. Nationals game on the Watch TBS Live website. He didn't throw a bullpen until Friday, which he completed as his teammates warmed up for Game 1 at Nationals Park.

The contrast between Nationals Park and Wrigley Field, where noise-inducing gimmickry on the video board is forbidden by Chairman Tom Ricketts, couldn't have been more glaring. He surrendered, two hits, collected eight strikeouts and issued a season-high five walks. Bryant's line single to right not broke up the no-hit try but also broke up a scoreless game, and he came around to score on a Rizzo single after he moved into scoring position with some nifty baserunning on his RBI single. In last season's playoffs, Hendricks started five games and had an insanely low earned run average of 1.42.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon explained his choice of Schwarber this way: "It's hard to, like, string a bunch of hits together against a guy like Strasburg".

Pitchers often will say they don't pitch against other pitchers, that they pitch against the other team's lineup.

"We're going to go Gio tomorrow", Baker said, "and then Max will go - slated to go Game 3". So you have to kind of weigh both. "But we just feel it's wise to give him the most time to rest his leg before we have to pitch him". "He knows what he's doing". The umpire ruled he did not give catcher Willson Contreras a chance to make the throw to first base. "This is the time of year that you want to be playing and we're ready for it".

Baez capped it by running down Harper's popup in center in the eighth. "So we fully respect and understood the opponent, and they're playing like that". "Defense is one of them". And they were going to need their guy to match the much-ballyhooed Strasburg pitch for pitch. Hendricks beat Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw to clinch the NLCS and send the Cubs to the World Series past year.

Nationals ace Max Scherzer assures, although he doesn't know when, that he will absolutely pitch in the National League Division Series. Quintana put together a respectable season, but if Scherzer is healthy, the Washington Nationals will have the clear advantage for Game 3.

The Nats are +300 to win the pennant and the Cubs +350. Arrieta was in conversation by many to be a possible No. 1 starter in the postseason before his hamstring injury in early September.

Strasburg said he tried his best to pick up Rendon, but Rizzo singled to right just in front of Harper, who missed 42 games with a hyperextended left knee and returned last week.

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