LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers are using their same lineup against right-handed pitchers they have used for the entire postseason, after scoring six runs in Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday night against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium.
In six games against right-handed starting pitchers, the Dodgers are averaging 3.83 runs per game in the postseason. They are averaging 3.50 runs per game in the two games against left-handed starters.
The Cubs had a few more changes in Game 4, with Jason Heyward back in the lineup against southpaw Julio Urias, and Willson Contreras behind the plate, the third different starting catcher for Chicago in this series.
In addition, Anthony Rizzo is back batting third in Game 4 and Ben Zobrist at cleanup after the two switched spots in Game 3.
Game 4 is the 22nd career postseason start for John Lackey, most among active pitchers. He is 8-5 with a 3.22 ERA in the postseason, with 131⅓ innings over 24 games, including three relief appearances, with 103 strikeouts and 41 walks.
“If you want to talk pitching, talk with John. He really understands what he's doing out there and how to manipulate and work against certain hitters. He knows how to utilize a hitter's aggressiveness against him. He knows who to stay away from in certain moments,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “He has a really good feel for this part of the game. He really is a baseball junkie.”