I don't think I need to hype this game more than it already has been, so let's get right to today's particulars.
Schwarber LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist RF, Russell SS, Contreras C, Heyward CF, Baez 2B, Lester P
The Dodgers lineup was not available at posting time.
Jon Lester vs. Alex Wood
Jon Lester had a solid first outing eight days ago against the Cardinals, striking out seven in five innings and allowing just one run. The last time he faced the Dodgers was Game 5 of the NLCS, when they said they were going to try to distract him by jumping around on the basepaths. You saw how well that worked. Lester gave up just two runs in 13 innings in two NLCS starts last year, and also allowed just one run to the Dodgers in 15 regular-season innings in 2016.
Alex Wood has one relief appearance this year (two innings, no runs allowed) and wasn't supposed to make this start. He's doing that because Rich Hill is on the DL with blister issues again. Wood also had a two-inning scoreless relief stint against the Cubs in the NLCS, and in the 2016 regular season made one start vs. the Cubs, May 30 at Wrigley Field, after which he spent three months on the DL with elbow issues.
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