The Cubs and Dodgers will meet on Saturday for Game 1 of the NLCS, and at that point the Dodgers will have spent about five days preparing. The individual with the health issue exited the plane to receive medical attention, but the rest remained on the plane.
"We want to win this series; we want to go to the World Series", Kershaw said Friday.
The Redskins, who were one of the best teams in the National Football League during the 1980s, haven't even won a playoff game since 2005.
The Chicago Cubs landed in Los Angeles six-plus hours behind schedule on Friday after a family member fell sick on board, leading the team plane to be diverted to Albuquerque, New Mexico for five hours.
For Dodger fans, this series may bring some anxiety.
"Listen, you start the year defending champs, you go to spring training without the same expectations that you had the year you weren't the champs, and you get through a tough start". The Cubs are in their third consecutive NLCS, their reputation as lovable losers thoroughly buried. As the whole world knows, Chicago ended its 108-year championship drought last fall. They did not win a single game following the 2-1 lead. "The Cubs are here now, and I know they had some travel stuff that was rough, but I have a feeling they're going to be ready to go". In fact, the winners of that game have been sitting at home, resting up for the next series. "We're going to be fine here in Washington". I mean, that's no day at the beach, either.
The adage that "there's always next year" has been used time and time again for the Nationals. He said the plane left Albuquerque around 10:30 a.m. The Cubs sat on the tarmac for more than three hours because a new flight crew was needed after the original crew timed out due to restrictions on pilots' hours. Los Angeles owns the home field, the ball is in the Dodgers' court this season, and unlike 2016, this seems to be their year. The Dodgers think they're better equipped to counter the Cubs this season with additions include rookie cleanup hitter Cody Bellinger, a much-improved Yasiel Puig and an extraordinarily deep group of pitchers, including starter Kenta Maeda as a right-handed specialist in the bullpen.
This game though, was nothing like the others. They have Alex Ovechkin, who has won the Maurice Richard Trophy given to the top goal scorer in the league, four straight times.
SLEEPING BATS: The Cubs outlasted the Nats despite batting.180 in the series and getting outscored 20-17.
Still, Chicago finished with nine hits - after getting just 18 in the first four games - and came through with a few big ones. That level of production probably won't cut it against the Dodgers, but Maddon senses a resilience in his champions.
In Game 1 tonight, Clayton Kershaw will pitch with a full week of rest. Roberts hadn't decided whether Darvish or Rich Hill would pitch Game 2, but the other will pitch Game 3.
Lackey has yet to throw a pitch in the 2017 playoffs, but his regular season record doesn't inspire a lot of confidence.