Predictions for the NLCS between the Dodgers and Cubs

Josh Land, Orioles editor: Cubs in 7 games

Nothing is easy at this time of year, and the Cubs won't be cruising here either. They should win -- better pitching, better offense, better defense, better situation. The Dodgers had to deplete their pitching staff just to get here, and chances are they'll do anything they have to to win again. But so will the fresher Cubs. This is the Cubs' year. They had a long series in front of them no matter who they faced in the NLCS. But they are complete as they come and have what it takes to move on.


Jon Meoli, Orioles reporter: Cubs in 5 games

The Dodgers snuck past the Nationals in dramatic fashion, but they'll have a much bigger task. The Cubs have been the best team in baseball all year, and that's what will carry them to the World Series.


Peter Schmuck, columnist: Cubs in 6 games

Sure there will be tremendous pressure on the Cubs to end their 71-year World Series drought, but they have such a dramatic pitching advantage in the NLCS that Billy Goat and his curse will have to wait until the actual World Series to get involved. The Dodgers wore out Clayton Kershaw and closer Kenley Jansen during the NLDS, so they won't be at full strength until they get back to Los Angeles.

Eduardo A. Encina, Orioles reporter: Cubs in 7 games

I picked the Cubs to get to the World Series back in March, so there's no looking back now. Regardless, this has the makings of a great series. Even though the Cubs' bats haven't done much this postseason, their rotation depth will be key in a best-of-seven series. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has been crafty with his pitching staff, but there's no way his bullpen can continue to log almost 4 2/3 innings a game in a deep series like this one.