Cubs offense needs to pick it up or heartbreak just around corner

Cubs offense needs to understand it or heartbreak just around corner

LOS ANGELES As dominant as they were during a normal season, Memorable 103 games,, There are too many potential October pitfalls to your World Series a given for the Cubs.

For the second straight playoff series such reality has smacked manager Joe Maddon’s crew hard. Just a week ago the Cubs needed a feverish ninth inning rally in sf to avoid hosting an elimination game in the NLDS, In which they would have faced Johnny Cueto and in all likelihood Madison Bumgarner.

As well as, The Cubs’ odds of securing their first NL pennant since 1945 hinge largely on this new math: Win at least two of three games at Dodger Stadium in the NLCS beginning Tuesday night or face the candidate of Clayton Kershaw ushering in another barren winter.

After watching Kershaw manhandle involving all of seven shutout innings in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday at Wrigley Field,
Javier Baez jersey, A 1 0 Dodgers triumph, The Cubs want no system of the stud lefty again, Season. But if a rematch should are equipped with Kershaw, The Cubs don’t want it while facing treatment in Game 6, When the stress level would increase significantly.

Employing series tied 1 1, The Cubs arrived in ca has been Monday well aware they are in a fight and could use a victory in Tuesday’s Game 3 to help reestablish the tone.

"I think it’s a pretty evenly matched up series,
Victor Martinez Jersey, Maddon said before a team perform out.

But the Cubs also know they hold the starting pitching edge until some see Kershaw again. The Cubs increase in business commodities in John Lackey and Jon Lester behind Arrieta.

Maddon would like nothing better than to receive production from the midst of a lineup that has been silent for much of the postseason. But the manager has additionally watched the Cubs face Cy Young caliber talent in Bumgarner, Cueto and Kershaw in three of the squad’s six games.

Dodgers glass pitcher Clayton KershawGetty Images

Anthony Rizzo (.043 playing baseball average) As well as, Addison Russell(.045) Are the most noticeable slumping Cubs players this postseason. Jerr Heyward(.111), Dexter Fowler (.167) And jeff Zobrist(.182) Weren’t much better.

"There’s only so much you can do when adjusting your lineup, These are your guys you’ve got a bunch of All Stars out there, Maddon says. "We haven’t hit to our functions. Of course, We won a series against a real good October tested team and then we won one against a very good team staying here,
Adam Jones jersey,

Russell, Who is still wanting his first hit in this NLCS, Admitted he’s discouraged.

"I’m just juvenile, Russell described. "It’s my first time just surfing this. I’m not coming to a excuses, But they told me are more effective what I do. They know what I can provide. Therefore I’m still in the lineup. But it’s a little bothersome,
Adrian Beltre Jersey,

Maddon noted the fact his pitchers have contributed while at bat during the postseason Travis Wood and Arrieta both homered in the NLDS as a reason the offense has stayed afloat. And backup catcher Miguel Montero’s pinch hit grand slam in Game 1 of the NLCS stands as the Cubs’ most vital hit this postseason.

"We have to do a good job consistently among position players to do what we’re capable of singing, Absolutely, Maddon referred to. "But we have seen some pretty good pitching. I’ll defend them and need rest,