NLDS 2017 Schedule: Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals

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Jason Heyward of the Chicago Cubs dives into second base with a double in the 6th inning as Wilmer Difo of the Washington Nationals tries to catch the relay throw
at Wrigley Field on August 6 in Chicago, Illinois.

After winning the World Series last year, the Chicago Cubs are back in the postseason once again looking to defend their title.

It was a slow start to the season for the Cubs, but they turned it on after the All Star break to win the National League Central. Chicago will take on the surging Washington Nationals, who finished the regular season with the second-best record in the NL at 92-69.

The first game of the best-of-five series is slated for Friday, October 6 and it will be televised on TBS. A start time for the series opener hasn’t yet been announced. The winner of the NLDS series advances to play the victor of the Los Angeles Dodgers and NL wild card winner in the National League Championship series.

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Last year, the Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS, 3-1. They will need consistent pitching on the mound, as the Nationals will have a healthy Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy.

The Nationals rank second in the NL with a .273 batting average as a team against left handers and a .263 average against right handers. That begs the question as to who Chicago manager Joe Maddon will send out on the mound. Will it be Jake Arrieta or Jon Lester? The starting pitchers haven’t yet been announced.

Of course, the Cubs have offensive firepower themselves. Willson Contreras has been the bright spot offensively for the Cubs against the Nationals this season, batting .375 with five homers and nine RBIs in their seven meetings.

The Nationals went 4-3 against the Cubs during the regular season.

Here’s the full schedule for the NLDS featuring the Cubs and the Nationals:

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Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals

Series Start Date: Friday, October 6
TV: TBS

Game #2: Cubs at Nationals; Saturday, October 7
TV: TBS

Game #3: Nationals at Cubs; Monday, October 9
TV: TBS

Game #4 (if necessary): Nationals at Cubs; Tuesday, October 10
TV: TBS

Game #5 (if necessary): Cubs at Nationals; Thursday, October 12
TV: TBS

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