Cubs Game 4 Notes At Los Angeles
* The Dodgers have assumed a 2-1 lead in the NLCS after blanking the Cubs on Tuesday, 6-0. It’s the first time the Dodgers have ever posted back-to-back shutouts in their postseason history. It’s also the first time the Cubs have failed to score in consecutive games (including regular season) since May 2014.
* The last time the Cubs won a Game 4 in any postseason series when trailing, two games to one, was in the 1906 World Series, when they shut out the White Sox, 1-0. But the Cubs have dropped each of their last four postseason games when down, 2-1, ultimately losing all five series in such situations (including the 1906 World Series).
* The Dodgers have hit home runs in all eight of their playoff games this year, matching the second-longest streak in franchise history (11 straight postseason games between 1977 and 1978).
* John Lackey will be making the 22nd postseason start of his career on Wednesday, matching Whitey Ford for the sixth most all-time. Lackey is 8-5 in the postseason, including 5-1 since the beginning of 2013. But he hasn’t made it past the fourth inning in either of his last two playoff starts while compiling a 9.00 ERA.
* Including the postseason, Addison Russell is now 6-for-60 (.100) in his career versus the Dodgers, with 20 strikeouts and one walk. With five singles and one double, Russell is slugging .117 versus the Dodgers, while his .113 on-base percentage against them is the lowest by any non-pitcher since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1958 (minimum 50 PA).
* Yasmani Grandal’s home run in Game 3 was his 15th this season that came with two strikes (regular season and playoffs combined). Milwaukee’s Chris Carter is the only National Leaguer with more (16). It’s the most homers with two strikes by any Dodger since Shawn Green produced 16 in 2001.
* Julio Urias is expected to start Game 4 at 20 years, 68 days of age, which would make him the youngest starting pitcher in postseason history. Entering Wednesday, the youngest previous starter was Kansas City Bret Saberhagen, who was 20 years, 175 days old when he started Game 2 of the 1984 ALCS versus Detroit.