#Cubs set NLCS roster

The Cubs opted to go with 12 pitchers for the NL Championship Series and added rookie left-hander Rob Zastryzny to the roster. Infielder Tommy La Stella was taken off.

The Cubs face the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday night at Wrigley Field (8:08 p.m. ET/7:08 p.m. CT, FS1).

The Dodgers finished last in the Majors in batting average (.214), on-base percentage (.291) and slugging percentage (.333) against lefties. Zastryzny faced them on Aug. 27 at Dodger Stadium, pitching 3 2/3 innings of relief. He gave up one hit and struck out three, in what was his third big league appearance.

The Cubs continued to carry three catchers, including Miguel Montero, who has had some minor back soreness. Montero has been matched up with Jake Arrieta, who is scheduled to start Game 3.

In the NLDS, the Cubs had 11 pitchers and 14 position players, with an emphasis on defense, including rookie Albert Almora Jr. They used all but one of the relievers in an extra inning game against the Giants.

The addition of Zastryzny gives the Cubs four left-handed relievers in the bullpen as he joins Travis Wood, Mike Montgomery and Aroldis Chapman.

The other pitchers on the roster include starters Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Arrieta and John Lackey plus relievers Carl Edwards Jr., Pedro Strop, Justin Grimm, and Hector Rondon.

The position players include catchers Montero, David Ross, and rookie Willson Contreras; infielders Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell, Kris Bryant, and Javier Baez; and outfielders Almora, Jorge Soler, Jason Heyward, Dexter Fowler and Chris Coghlan.



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I like our lefties. Please pitch around Justin Turner, who is on fire, and go after Adrian Gonzalez who is batting .200 post season. Off the field, please keep hankies, towels and the Wave from the Friendly Confines, a.k.a., the “Cathedral” as Joe Madden describes Wrigley Field.

2-run single to tie the game in Game 1. Solo HR to win the game in Game 2. Justin Turner 1 for 6 this series. Yeah, I don’t think your scouting report was all that good.

Busted, you’re correct–although, there was no one on base at the time and the count was 1 – 0. I think, in that spot, if you are going to throw a fastball, you go just outside–in a perfect world. You win. So, what do you suggest to awaken Rizzo? I like our chances against Rich Hill–although the shadows could help him get through the early innings–as you can’t pick up the spin very well between 5 and 6 pm in Los Angeles. In 2015, I believe Rizzo batted higher against LHP than RHP. Maybe Rizzo will get “well” vs Hill. Speaking of lefties (were we?), I think once is enough for Heyward to come up in a “game situation” against a LHP. Peace, Brother.

I suggest just let Rizzo do what he’s done all season long. No need to move him in the lineup, no need to bench him. no need to hypnotize him, to give him acupuncture or to put him in an iso tank and let him think about the meaning of life. Just have him go about his normal routine and he’ll be fine. It’s not like he’s struck out 15 times and hit into 7 double plays. He’s a good hitter and eventually good hitters will be good hitters. It’s frustrating, sure, but a 6-game slump is nothing to get worried about. In the regular season, no one would really notice a 6-game slump and players work their way out of those all the time.

I suggest NUVEEN Field is more appropriate. The Cubs are fortunate to have kept Turner under wraps in these first two games. Justin had been batting .400 this postseason coming in, and his career postseason average was .444. with 1.295 OPS before this series. Keep in mind Rich Hill has that ongoing blister issue. He had it with Oakland before he was traded to the Dodgers back in late July or August 1st. It could prevent him from starting Tuesday`s Game 3, or he could need to be removed from that game at any point, if the blister flares. If that occurs early in the game, look for Urias to replace him. Or the blister may not be a factor at all. The Cubs need to be prepared for any eventuality, and I`m confident Maddon will be certain to have all that covered. He`s known for paying assiduous attention to detail. More importantly, the Cubs` bats need to come alive. Game 3 is critical, and can`t that be said of most of these playoff games? It`s why slumps are problematic at this time of year. It`s a new season and it`s short. Players need to fight their way out of such slumps in a hurry, because before we know, the series is going to be decided.

i agree with everything. Wrigley-NUVEEN rhymes with Chavez Ravine. And, if NUVEEN comes across with enough cash, perhaps they could allow for wider seats. I’ve noticed the existing seats get a big smaller every year : (
I will expect Urias in the 4th or 5th and trust Rizzo will recover.
7 more to go, Amigo.

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