Cubs Game 5 Notes For Thursday @ Los Angeles
* The Cubs knotted the series at two games apiece with yesterday’s 10-2 win in Game 4. It was their fourth time scoring double-digit runs in a postseason game all-time, and first since Game 2 of the 2003 NLCS against Florida (a 12-3 win). Chicago ended a club postseason record 21-inning scoreless streak with four runs in the fourth inning.
* In best-of-7 postseason series all-time that have been tied 2-2, the team winning Game 5 has gone on to win the series 70.2 percent of the time (40 of 57). The Dodgers have a 4-6 series record in best-of-7 series that were tied 2-2, while the Cubs have lost their only two previous such series (the 1906 and 1945 World Series).
* The Dodgers have allowed 7.8 runs per game with a 7.94 team ERA in their four losses this postseason, compared to 2.2 runs per game and a 2.20 ERA in their five wins.
* In 16 career postseason games, Justin Turner is batting .388 (19/49) with 12 RBI, a .500 on-base percentage, and 1.173 OPS. He’s reached base safely in each of his last 14 postseason contests (via hit, walk, or HBP), tying Carl Furillo’s franchise postseason record (14 straight from 1953-56).
* Over his last four starts – including two in the postseason – Kenta Maeda is 0-3 with a 9.88 ERA (15/13.2), allowing a .344 opponent batting average. He hasn’t pitched 5.0 innings in any of those four outings. Maeda started and lost Game 1 of this series (4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R), his only career start against the Cubs.
* Anthony Rizzo had been 2-for-26 (.077) with no RBI this postseason entering Game 4 before going 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI Wednesday night. Similarly, Addison Russell was 1-for-24 (.042) with no RBI entering Wednesday’s game and went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI.
* Jon Lester got a no-decision in the Cubs’ 8-4 win in Game 1 of this series, allowing one run in 6.0 innings. Among the 21 pitchers all-time with at least 15 career starts in the postseason, Lester’s 2.57 career postseason ERA is second best (Curt Schilling, 2.23).