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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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Right Field: Heyward vs. Reddick

Here is another close position battle. Josh Reddick was one of the most sought out offensive players at the trade deadline this year. His solid average and on-base percentage drew teams to him. I even said the Cubs should pick him up. When he arrived in Los Angeles, he struggled, finishing the season with a .256 batting average.

Heyward. What can we say that has not been said regarding his struggles. Career low average and power marks. Grounded into 12 double plays. All this after signing a huge contract. Most of the balls put in play were grounders to second. But, his defense is the league’s best, saving 27 runs this year. Many have wondered if he were in right field in game three of the NLDS if the catch would have been made and saved the game.

Wild Card: Dodgers also have Yasel Puig. His defense can be just as good as Hayward’s, and he can hit for power. This puts Dodgers over the top in this battle.

Advantage: Dodgers

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