#Cubs NLCS notes
Some Cubs notes to consider as you wait for Game 4 of the NL Championship Series:
*In Game 3 on Tuesday, the Dodgers’ Rich Hill threw Anthony Rizzo seven fastballs and 14 curves, and threw Jorge Soler one fastball and 11 curves. The Cubs had the lowest average exit velocity against curveballs this season (83.8 mph). The MLB average was 87.1 mph.
The Cubs are batting .185 in the postseason. They’re batting .152 vs LHP after hitting .267 against them in the regular season.
The Cubs look to avoid joining the 1966 Dodgers and 1905 Athletics as the only teams to be shut out in three consecutive postseason games. The Cubs are the fourth team to be shut out in consecutive LCS contests. The previous three teams to do so all went on to lose the series (1974 Orioles, 1987 Giants, 1991 Pirates).
Does this NLCS look familiar to Cubs fans?
Cubs vs Dodgers, 2016 NLCS: slash line .161/.235/.312; eight runs, two homers
Cubs vs Mets, 2015 NLCS: slash line: .164/.225/.297; eight runs, four homers
Sunshine state: The Cubs have lost all seven NLCS games they’ve played in California. They lost three to Padres in 1984, three to Giants in 1989 and now one to the Dodgers.
The Cubs and Dodgers have combined to hit .197 in the NLCS. The lowest combined batting average ever in an NLCS was .203 by the Mets and Reds in 1973.
On Wednesday, John Lackey faces the Dodgers’ Julio Urias. Lackey has 2,669 2/3 innings pitched in his career, Urias 77. In the postseason, Lackey has totaled 131 2/3 innings, while Urias has two. When Lackey made his postseason debut for the Angels in 2002, Urias was 6 years old.
If Lackey wins Wednesday, he will become the first pitcher in MLB history to record a postseason win with four different teams (Angels, Red Sox, Cardinals, Cubs).