Both LCS’s could be Pitching Versus Hitting

We are down to the final four in Major-League Baseball for the 2016 season.  Both League Championship series  appear to be very similar matchups.  In the NL, we have the powerful Chicago Cubs offense facing off  against the pitching of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In order for LA to pull off the upset, Clayton Kershaw  might just have to start two games and come out of the bullpen in another, like he did in the Dodgers Game Five victory over the Washington Nationals, in order for LA to advance . Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is unafraid to make pitching changes, which is exactly what he did in Game Five against Washington on Wednesday.  Starter Rich Hill only pitched 2-2/3 innings, followed by five relievers in the  4-3 victory. Having a quick hook with starters and being unafraid to use the bullpen, which is his team strength, is how the Dodgers could win the NLCS.

The American League matchup looks to be a very similar one, with the offense of the Toronto Blue Jays up against the  pitching and bullpen  of the Cleveland Indians.  The Tribe likes to shorten the game, much like the Dodgers do, which allows  their starter to go only five or six innings. Then ace reliever Andrew Miller comes in for  an inning or two until their set up man and closer both appear.  Both LA’s and Cleveland’s strategies are similar to what defending World Series champion Kansas City used  last season on their way to the world championship.

Toronto and Chicago, on the other hand, both possess powerful offenses that  can beat you from anywhere in the lineup, so these two series will put the old adage of good  pitching beating good hitting to the test.


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