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6 takeaways from the Dodgers’ NLCS domination of the Cubs

League Championship Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Chicago Cubs - Game Five Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Dodgers are back in the World Series for the first time since 1988. They had to beat the Cubs to get there, and did so convincingly, so here is a look at some memorable takeaways from the National League Championship Series.

Bullpen untouchable

The Dodgers bullpen allowed no runs in 17 innings during the NLDS, allowing just four hits and one walk, with 22 strikeouts. Dating back to Game 2 of the NLDS, the Dodgers bullpen has 23 consecutive scoreless innings, setting a major league record per the Game 5 TBS television broadcast.

Dodgers fewest runs allowed in a postseason series

Series Opponent G R R/G
Series Opponent G R R/G
1963 WS Yankees 4 4 1.0
1981 NLDS Astros 5 6 1.2
2017 NLCS Cubs 5 8 1.6
2008 NLDS Cubs 3 6 2.0
2009 NLDS Cardinals 3 6 2.0
1981 NLCS Expos 5 10 2.0
  • Kenta Maeda has retired all 15 batters he faced this postseason, with 7 strikeouts
  • Kenley Jansen retired 13 of 14 batters in the NLCS, hitting one while striking out 8
  • Brandon Morrow retired 14 of 16 batters durng the NLCS, allowing one hit and one walk, with 7 strikeouts
  • Tony Watson retired all 7 batters he faced in the NLCS, with 2 strikeouts

Stingy staff

Dodgers pitchers were especially tough, allowing just eight runs in the five-game series, posting a 1.64 ERA in 44 innings. The 1.6 runs per game is the second-fewest runs allowed by the Dodgers in a postseason series, trailing only the 1963 World Series, during which the Dodgers permitted just four runs total in a four-game sweep of the Yankees.

The Cubs hit .156/.193/.299 as a team.

Dodgers pitchers held Kris Bryant (4-for-20) and Anthony Rizzo (1-for-17) to just 5-for-37 (.135) for the series, with Bryant’s home run down 9-0 in Game 5 the only extra-base hit for the duo in the NLCS.

RISPy business

The Cubs were 0-for-14 with six strikeouts with runners in scoring position during the NLCS. Their entire offense during the series consisted of seven home runs — six solo shots, and a two-run shot.

The Dodgers were 20-for-82 (.244) with three home runs, three doubles, two triples and 12 walks with runners in scoring position.

Controlling the zone

Dodgers pitchers during the NLCS had 53 strikeouts and 5 walks.

Dodgers batters during the series had 41 strikeouts and 28 walks.


The Dodgers, who set a franchise record with 221 home runs in 2017, hit 10 home runs in five games in the NLCS, their most home runs in any postseason series.

With 28 runs scored in five games, the Dodgers tied for their fourth-most runs in any postseason series. The only series in which they scored more runs were all seven games in length — the 1955 World Series (31 runs scored), the 1988 NLCS (31), and the 1947 World Series (28).

Game 5, in which the Dodgers scored 11 runs, marked the seventh time in franchise history they have scored 10 or more runs in a game.

Team effort

Justin Turner. and Chris Taylor had memorable series, and captured co-NLCS MVP honors. Here are few other notable performances in the NLCS: