One win away from the World Series, the Cubs set their lineup for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.
The big surprise is Albert Almora Jr. in right field with Jason Heyward and Jorge Soler on the bench against Clayton Kershaw, the best pitcher on the planet.
Soler is 0-for-8 during the postseason with a pair of walks and three strikeouts while appearing in six games.
Heyward is only 2-for-28 (.071 AVG) and has only reached base once (on a hit by pitch) in the last four NLCS games while going 0-for-13 in that span.
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Almora is also hitless this postseason - in six at-bats - but is an excellent fielder and laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt in the Cubs' Game 5 victory.
Here is the rest of the Cubs' lineup behind Kyle Hendricks:
1. Dexter Fowler - CF
2. Kris Bryant - 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo - 1B
4. Ben Zobrist - LF
5. Javy Baez - 2B
6. Willson Contreras - C
7. Addison Russell - SS
8. Albert Almora Jr. - RF
9. Kyle Hendricks - P
The Cubs notched just two hits and did not score in seven innings against Kershaw in Game 2 at Wrigley Field. Baez and Contreras collected the only two singles in that game.
The Cubs offense has scored 18 runs the last two games after being shut out for both Games 2 and 3.
With a win, the Cubs would punch their ticket to the World Series for the first time in 71 years.
The Dodgers are shaking things up a bit in the lineup against Hendricks:
1. Andrew Toles - LF
2. Corey Seager - SS
3. Justin Turner - 3B
4. Adrian Gonzalez - 1B
5. Josh Reddick - RF
6. Joc Pederson - CF
7. Yasmani Grandal - C
8. Chase Utley - 2B
9. Clayton Kershaw - P
Toles is only 48 regular-season games into his big-league career, but he is hitting .368 this postseason with a .908 OPS.
Utley has been leading off against right-handers, but he's hitting only .115 this postseason and doesn't have a hit in this NLCS (0-for-10).