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MLB playoffs: Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. already planning trip to LA

Sporting News logo Sporting News 10/12/2017 Thomas Lott

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Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. is confident his team isn't just going to bounce back from its Game 4 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday at Wrigley Field, he's convinced the Cubs are going to punch their ticket to face the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.

“I mean, it’s going to be a great game (Thursday),"” Edwards told reporters Wednesday, immediately referring to Game 5 starter Kyle Hendricks. "I know for a fact that he’s going to be on. We’re just going to go out there, we’ll have fun, and we’ll see you guys in L.A.”

Edwards himself hasn't been great in the NLDS as he gave up the tying home run in Game 2 to Bryce Harper and then in the eighth inning of Game 4 walked two batters who eventually came around to score on Michael A. Taylor's grand slam. That has not put a dent in Edwards' confidence though.

He has good reason to have faith in his team, but more specifically in Hendricks. The 27-year-old starting pitcher threw seven shutout innings en route to a Game 1 win. In his last five postseason starts, he has allowed a mere two earned runs in 28 2/3 innings. He is the man they want on the mound for the rubber match of a series.

They just may shy away from Edwards in big moments if (when?) they get to the NLCS.

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