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Right-hander Kyle Hendricks, who started Game 7 of the World Series a year ago against the Indians, will lead the rotation going into the National League Division Series, which begins Friday against the Nationals in Washington.

For Washington Nationals fans, however, October has become a house of horrors. Perhaps any team they faced in the National League Division Series would provide as much motivation. "Suffice it to say, he's going to pitch in the playoffs here against the Cubs". He is among the most anonymous players on the star-studded Chicago Cubs.

The Indians have all the tools necessary to make another deep post-season run given a lineup featuring plenty of power from the likes of Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion, a shutdown rotation and bullpen that can make quick work of most teams. The main pieces the Cubs lost from their 2016 squad were center fielder Dexter Fowler, catcher David Ross, and relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman. You'd just see guys in there working all the time, constantly. Chicago's pitching staff has been subpar by their lofty standards, but the Nationals can not sleep on playoff-tested veterans such as John Lackey and Jake Arrieta. "I think he was a guy that probably threw the ball the best on our staff as far as start to finish previous year, including the playoffs, and nobody even talks about him". The Cubs must ride their hot starting pitching and top tier defense to be able to repeat in 2017.

With the Nationals just beating the Pittsburgh Pirates, they now head into the series against the Chicago Cubs.

Expect the Diamondbacks to defeat the Rockies and meet the Dodgers in the National League Division Series after a dominant pitching performance by Greinke. "You have some quality teams in both leagues". "But it also hurts us a little bit", Washington shortstop Trea Turner said.

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The Cubs made it official Wednesday: Hendricks will start Game 1 of the NLDS in Washington on Friday, followed by lefty Jon Lester in Game 2 on Saturday.

Scherzer, the reigning NL Cy Young Award victor, tweaked his right hamstring during his last regular-season start.

The Dodgers will face the victor of Wednesday's NL Wild Card showdown between the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks in a best-of-five series starting on Friday in Los Angeles. The team was two games under.500 but would surge over the second half, finishing with a 92-70 record. The word is that Scherzer may be pushed back to Game 3 in Chicago.

I have never held any allegiance to or disdain for the Cubs, but I had long longed for them to end the organization's World Series title drought, which Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and their mates did last year, ending 108 years of misery. Washington is still plenty capable of taking over the series with their pitching as well. Also, what my time in Chicago did for me and my family on the positive side, on the financial side, on the baseball side, and on the learning side. However, the Nationals have the home-field advantage over the Cubs. This series will be gritty and close, but with the Washington Nationals overcoming the defending champs and their recent playoff failures for their first playoff series win since the franchise moved back to the nation's capital.

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