A look at the best-of-five National League Division Series between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs:---Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, at Chicago (9:15 p.m., FS1); Game 2, Saturday, at Chicago (8:08 p.m., MLB Network); Game 3, Monday, Oct. 10, at San Francisco (TBA, FS1 or MLB Network); x-Game 4, Tuesday, Oct. 11, at San Francisco (TBA, FS1); x-Game 5, Thursday, Oct. 13, at Chicago (TBA, FS1).x-if necessary.---Season Series: Cubs won 4-3.---Projected Lineups:Giants: CF Denard Span (.266, 11 HRs, 52 RBI, 12 SBs), 1B Brandon Belt (.275, 17, 82, 41 2Bs, 104 BBs), C Buster Posey (.288, 14, 80, 33 2Bs), RF Hunter Pence (.289, 13, 57), SS Brandon Crawford (.275, 12, 84), LF Angel Pagan (.277, 12, 55, 15 SBs), 2B Joe Panik (.239, 10, 62), 3B Conor Gillaspie (.262, 6, 25) or Eduardo Nunez (.288, 16, 67, 40 SBs with Giants and Twins).Cubs: CF Dexter Fowler (.276, 13, 48), 3B or LF Kris Bryant (.292, 39, 102, 121 runs, 176 hits), 1B Anthony Rizzo (.292, 32, 109, 170 hits), 2B or LF Ben Zobrist (.272, 18, 76), RF Jason Heyward (.230, 7, 49), SS Addison Russell (.238, 21, 95), C Miguel Montero (.216, 8, 33) or Willson Contreras (.282, 12, 35 in 76 games) or David Ross (.229, 10, 32), 2B or 3B or SS Javier Baez (.273, 14, 59).---Starting Pitchers:Giants: RH Johnny Cueto (18-5, 2.79 ERA), LH Matt Moore (13-12, 4.08 with Rays and Giants), LH Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74, 251 Ks), RH Jeff Samardzija (12-11, 3.81).Cubs: LH Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44, 197 Ks), RH Kyle Hendricks (16-8, MLB-best 2.13), RH Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.10), RH John Lackey (11-8, 3.35).---Relievers:Giants: RH Sergio Romo (1-0, 2.64, 4/4 saves), RH Derek Law (4-2, 2.13, 1 save), LH Javier Lopez (1-3, 4.05, 1 save, .211 BA vs LH hitters), LH Will Smith (2-4, 3.35 with Giants and Brewers), RH Hunter Strickland (3-3, 3.10, 3 saves), RH Santiago Casilla (2-5, 3.57, 31/40 saves), RH George Kontos (3-2, 2.53), LH Steven Okert (0-0, 3.21 in 16 games).Cubs: LH Aroldis Chapman (4-1, 1.55, 36/39 saves, 90 Ks, 58 IP for Yankees and Cubs), RH Hector Rondon (2-3, 3.53, 18/23 saves), RH Pedro Strop (2-2, 2.85), RH Trevor Cahill (4-4, 2.74), RH Carl Edwards Jr. (0-1, 3.75, 2 saves), RH Justin Grimm (2-1, 4.10), LH Mike Montgomery (4-5, 2.52, 7 starts, 49 games for Mariners and Cubs), LH Travis Wood (4-0, 2.95).---Matchups:This is the second postseason meeting between the teams. San Francisco beat Chicago 4-1 to win the 1989 NLCS. ... The Cubs won 103 games in the regular season, 16 more than San Francisco. ... The Giants took two of three meetings at home in May, then the Cubs won three of four at Wrigley Field in September. The final five games were all decided by one run. ... The Cubs have power arms on their staff and their 1,441 strikeouts in the regular season were the third-most in baseball. The Giants thrive on contact, striking out the second-fewest times but hitting the third-fewest homers. ... Bumgarner is 8-2 with a 2.25 ERA against the Cubs, including 7 2/3 innings to outduel Hendricks for a 1-0 win May 22. ... Cueto allowed one run in seven innings on Sept. 4 only to have Casilla blow a 2-1 lead in the ninth. Chicago won in 13 innings. ... Rizzo is 3 for 25 with 8 Ks against Cueto. ... Chapman is 1-0 with a 1.10 ERA and four saves with 27 Ks in 16 1/3 innings against the Giants. Posey is 5 for 10 with two doubles off Chapman, the most hits for any player against the Cubs closer. ... The top five hitters in San Franciscos lineup are a combined 9 for 71 with 21 Ks and only one extra-base hit off Arrieta. ... Lopez has held Heyward to one hit in 11 ABs with 5 Ks. ... Fowler is 0 for 10 with 6 Ks in his career against Romo. ... Samardzija pitched six-plus seasons for the Cubs before getting traded in 2014 to Oakland in a deal that brought Russell to Chicago.---Big Picture:Giants: After leading the majors with a 57-33 record at the All-Star break, San Francisco (87-75) stumbled to the finish and nearly missed out entirely on the postseason. The Giants ended the regular season with their first four-game winning streak of the second half to beat out St. Louis by one game for the second NL wild card. Now that San Francisco is in, manager Bruce Bochys team hopes to extend the even-year karma that led to World Series titles in 2010, `12 and `14. ... The Giants started these playoffs the same way they did two years ago, with a road shutout by Bumgarner in the wild-card win. The 3-0 victory over the Mets was San Franciscos ninth straight when facing postseason elimination. The Giants outscored the opposition 50-11 in those games. ... The Giants have won all 11 postseason rounds under Bochy, matching manager Joe Torre and the 1998-2001 New York Yankees for the longest streak in major league history. ... The bullpen was the biggest issue in the second half, with the team setting a franchise record by losing nine games it led after eight innings, including five in September. ... Posey hit just 3 HRs in his last 63 games but picked up his performance late with 12 RBI in the final nine games of the regular season. ... Pence, who missed 48 games with a hamstring injury, had a strong finish, batting .340 over his final 24 games. ... San Francisco committed a major league-low 72 errors, with Crawford playing mistake-free defense in his final 43 games at shortstop. ... Nunez has been out since Sept. 25 with a hamstring injury, so Gillaspie could get the nod again at third base. He hit a three-run homer off All-Star closer Jeurys Familia in the ninth inning of the wild-card game in New York after a strong final week during the regular season that helped carry San Francisco into the playoffs.Cubs: Is this the year the Cubs at long last win the World Series? Chicago (103-58) comes into the playoffs with the best record in the majors and a large, excited fan base waiting anxiously and hoping against hope that the first championship since 1908 is finally on the way. The Cubs began the year with soaring expectations coming off a run to the NL Championship Series and proceeded to dominate like no other team this year, jumping out to a 25-6 start on the way to a runaway title in the NL Central under second-year manager Joe Maddon. ... After winning NL Rookie of the Year last season, Bryant is a favorite for MVP along with Rizzo. Bryant joined Rogers Hornsby (1929), Hack Wilson (1930) and Derrek Lee (2005) as the only players in franchise history with at least 120 runs, 35 doubles, 39 homers and 100 RBI. ... Hendricks and Lester became the first teammates to run 1-2 in the majors in ERA since Houston pitchers Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte in 2005. Both figure to get strong consideration for the NL Cy Young Award, which Arrieta won last year. ... Lester matched his career high for wins. ... Cubs pitchers led the majors with a 3.15 ERA. They gave up the fewest runs (556) and hits (1,125). ... On offense, Chicago was third in runs (808) and second in on-base percentage (.343).---Watch For:- MadBum. The Giants have baseballs biggest October star on their side in Bumgarner. He has thrown 23 straight scoreless innings in the postseason and is 6-1 with a 0.79 ERA and three shutouts in his last nine postseason outings. Hell be on regular rest in Game 3 and could be used in relief if the series goes five games as he was when he pitched five scoreless innings to save Game 7 of the 2014 World Series in Kansas City.- The Target. The Cubs won 97 games in a breakout season last year and eliminated Pittsburgh and St. Louis in the playoffs before getting swept by the Mets. Back then, the Cubs were the plucky upstart. Not this time. They showed up for spring training bolstered by the additions of Heyward, Zobrist and Lackey, and with a neat new slogan coined by Maddon: Embrace the Target. 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England 293 and 240 (Stokes 85, Bairstow 47, Shakib 5-85) beat Bangladesh 248 and 263 (Sabbir 64*) by 22 runs Scorecard and ball-by-ball detailsBen Stokes capped a supreme allround performance with two wickets in three balls - his fifth and sixth of the match, to go alongside his total of 103 runs - as Bangladeshs hearts were broken on the fifth and final morning of an epic Test match at Chittagong.Resuming on 253 for 8, with 33 runs still required, Bangladesh had visions of securing only their eighth Test victory in 94 attempts, and their first against England in nine. However, a brace of lbws in the fourth over of the morning - the first reviewed in optimism by England, the second in desperation by the last man, Shafiul Islam - left their hero of the second innings, Sabbir Rahman, high and dry on 64 not out.Facing a dilemma when play resumed, Alastair Cook showed his hand from the outset, handing Stuart Broad the first over of the morning, following on from his marathon nine-over spell on the fourth evening, and partnering him with Stokes, the man whose mastery of reverse swing had proven so illegible to Bangladeshs tail in the first innings.But Bangladesh began their mornings work with confidence. Sabbir opened his account with a push through the covers for two, before Taijul - once again trusted to hold his own with the bat - flashed a Stokes short ball over the keepers head for four.The new ball was available after two overs but Cook opted to persevere with the old, with the long-sleeved Joe Root once again charged to preserve its precious shine. But the hooping reverse of the first innings remained elusive as Bangladesh chiselled out their singles, with every run greeted with ecstasy by a small contingent of Bangladesh fans who made an otherwise echoing stadium sound packed to the rafters.However, Stokes determination could not be denied, and after coming round the wicket to Taijul Islam, he persuaded Cook to gamble one of Englands two reviews - which had been topped up at the 80-over mark - as Taijul stepped too far across his stumpps and was pinned in front of middle and leg.dddddddddddd.The verdict was greeted with a huge roar from the huddle of England players watching the big screen, and there was an extra sense of expectation as Shafiul shuffled out to face the pumped-up Stokes. Five years ago, on this very ground, he had been Bangladeshs hero with a brilliant 24 not out in Bangladeshs two-wicket World Cup win over England. This time, however, he was trapped on the crease second-ball and, though he was struck outside the line of off stump, Kumar Dharmasena felt that he had not quite been playing a shot as he raised his finger for the final time in the game. And this time, it stayed raised, as victory was confirmed via a record 26th DRS decision of the match.Afterwards, Cook was relieved but happy to have overseen such a tense finale to the contest. It was a really good Test match, he said during the post-match presentations. It was such a tight game, so credit to both sides. Im glad we held our nerve, with the quality we have in our attack, we got it reversing.Cook admitted that the option of turning to the new ball with his spinners would have been a gamble, which was not a ringing endorsement of the trio at his disposal. But ultimately he was grateful to have a competitor of Stokes quality in his ranks.Not just with ball in hand but the way he batted, he balances the side, he said. Those cricketers dont come around very often and hes got an enormous heart as well. Hes a seriously good cricketer.Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladeshs captain, put a brave face on another near-miss for his team, and credited his players for a hugely spirited performance in their first Test match since August 2015.Probably it was not in our favour, 33 runs and two wickets, but the boys put in so much effort over the last five days, after 15 months, Im really proud. Our boys fought it out which is really impressive and hopefully well do the same in the next match. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '