Joe Smith (baseball)

The Dodgers face a left-handed dilemma with the Chicago Cubs

The Dodgers face a left-handed dilemma with the Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs’ Game 1 starter in the National League Championship Series will be left-hander Jon Lester. Their closer, potentially to be deployed in roles beyond that of a typical ninth-inning specialist, will be left-hander Aroldis Chapman. But, in between, the Dodgers will see few pitchers of the type that so often stymied them this season.

The club has reached Major League Baseball’s semifinals despite a significant flaw, one that surfaced again in the five-game National League division series against Washington. The Dodgers faced Nationals left-handers in 60 plate appearances and notched just three extra-base hits, all against Game 3 starter Gio...

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