Cubs with work to do

18 October 2017 04:32:56 GMTPlus11

The Chicago Cubs could not get the split they were looking for in Southern California and so head home with a 2-0 deficit after losing 5-2 and 4-1 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kyle Hendricks gets the start for the defending World Series champions on Tuesday and the Cubs will be hoping for a similar effort to the one that the 27-year old right-hander delivered in the opening game of the National League Divisional Series against the Washington Nationals.

Hendricks held the National League East Division winners to no runs on two hits and three walks while striking out seven.

Yu Darvish heads to the hill for the Dodgers who got the better of the Cubs in LA winning 5-2 and 4-1, the latter on a dramatic walk off home run from Justin Turner in the bottom of the ninth inning.

With Alex Wood scheduled to pitch tomorrow and the Dodgers then able to bring back Clayton Kershaw on full rest, Chicago knows it is in an effective must-win scenario.

The Cubs are now 9.00 to win the series, while the Dodgers are 1.60 to win the series 4-1.

Over in the American League Championship Series the New York Yankees defeated the Houston Astros 8-1 at Yankee Stadium on Monday to cut the deficit to a single game in their match up.

Lance McCullers Jr. gets the start for the visitors with the Yankees countering with Sonny Gray, despite the well-documented issues the former Oakland Athletic has pitching at home.

It's yet another weird decision by New York manager Joe Girardi who continues to confound expectations.

The Yankees are 1.45 to win the series, with Houston now 2.80.

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