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Chicago Cubs: How the Cubs match-up with their NLCS opponent

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May 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) looks on during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
May 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) looks on during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports /

First Base: Rizzo vs. Gonzalez

Overall, this may be the closest position between the teams. The Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez is one of the most consistent players in baseball. During his 13 year career, Gonzalez averages .290 with 28 home runs, 103 RBI, and 87 runs scored. His 2016 stats are slightly lower than those averages. Those averages are also close to his career numbers against the Cubs.

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For 2016, Gonzalez hits .297 with runners in scoring position. And all of his clutch stats say he can produce.

Anthony Rizzo also produces. For his career, Rizzo bats .272 with runners in scoring position. This year, he proved himself to be MVP worthy. His offensive numbers this year are higher than Gonzalez, and he is top 20 in defensive runs saved. One area that is really advantage for Rizzo is his batting with two strikes. When in this count, Rizzo is .243 and knocked in 24. And he moves men on base over on a regular basis.

Advantage: Cubs

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