That said, every pitch and every play is magnified in the playoffs, and if Arrieta is not in top form and walks four or five batters over six innings, the results could be disastrous. Los Angeles, while far from a perfect team, is in this position because they take advantage of the opportunities presented to them. The comeback in Game 1 against what has become at the most inopportune time a suspect Cubs' bullpen is proof that L.A. will make pitchers pay for their mistakes.
The Cubs' offense, meanwhile, is due to get untracked. Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell have literally done nothing this post-season -- they have combined for two hits in 40-something at-bats --but they are too talented to be held in check for much longer. The Cubs' offense as a whole is bound to break out, and they've shown throughout the season that when they do get it going they tend to keep it going. Look for Rizzo or Russell to come up clutch at least once tonight in Chavez Ravine.
Game 3 prediction: Cubs 5, Dodgers 2