Genre: If Arrieta fizzles, like he has the past month and a half, then Maddon will have to go with Lester in game 4. They’ve got to get that game because you know Kershaw will start game 5.
I’ve been reading some comments on other blogs and the general feeling is Maddon must make changes in the lineup. He cannot keep trotting out Heyward out there against left-handers, and Russell cannot stay in the 5 hole. Maddon’s stubbornness is starting to anger me.
Finally, that Kershaw performance was lights out, like Josh Beckett in 2003, and like Schilling and Johnson in 2001. When you have a pitcher like that it gives you a huge advantage against a team that struggles to get any offense going. All the Dodgers need is one good performance from one of their other pitchers, and with Kershaw looming in the future, that’s all they’ll need.
I will stay with my prediction of Cubs in six, but it is on really shaky ground after that Kershaw game. He made the Cubs look like Little Leaguers.