The Dodgers side of the equation when it comes to starting pitching is pretty easy. They set up the NLCS how they wanted and will have had four days off before Game 1 of the NLCS. They are, not surprisingly, going with the exact same order in the NLCS, so it's Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Yu Darvish and Alex Wood in that order. On the Cubs' end, things are pretty complicated, given how much they had to use in the final two games of the NLDS. Not only that, but the team plane had to stop in Albuquerque for a medical emergency for a family member of someone on the team before finally arriving in Los Angeles around the middle of the day Friday. Between the celebration, that situation and needing some sleep -- not to mention how difficult a decision it is -- it's easy to see why manager Joe Maddon hasn't set in stone his Game 1 starting pitcher. "We haven't decided yet," Maddon said of his Game 1 starting pitcher. "Honestly, as soon as this is done, I've got to go back to the hotel. We got together with [club president] Theo [Epstein], [general manager] Jed [Hoyer], and all the coaches, and we'll decide at that point. We have not determined anything yet. Of course, John [Lackey] is in the running, Q [Jose Quintana] is in the running, all these guys. Those two guys are primarily in the running." "So we'll go back, try to get information, and try to make our best decision. So I promise you, the white smoke, as soon as it occurs, you guys will know about it." Under the circumstances, I don't think this is gamesmanship. I think the Cubs' brass might want to talk to Quintana to see how he's feeling Saturday morning and they legitimately want to try and map out the whole thing with a clear head.
Cubs Game 1 starting pitcher still unnamed, but there are two possibilities
CBS Sports | Oct 14