Cubs-Dodgers NLCS Game 3: How to watch, live stream info, expert picks, predictions

Game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs will take place Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won Game 2 by a 1-0 score, evening the series at a game apiece. Game 3 is almost always described as pivotal, and ... well, this Game 3 surely is pivotal, so there. On to how to watch.

The key details

Time: 8:08 p.m. ET
TV: FS1
Streaming: FSGO, MLB.tv

Here are the game's probables.

Rich Hill gets the ball for Game 3. USATSI
Rich Hill (12-5, 2.12) versus the Cubs

If you've watched any of Hill since his Lazarus-like return from the depths of irrelevancy, then you know he's a two-pitch pitcher -- to the degree that he throws each pitch roughly an equal percentage.

Hill's finest pitch is his curveball -- a demon of an offering that bedevils the opposition. He also keeps them honest with a low-90s fastball. Hill's durability has come under question time and again -- due largely to blisters, but also to some strategic reasons -- and we'll just have to see if manager Dave Roberts allows Hill to unfurl, so to speak, or if he'll be limited once more.

Hill did not face the Cubs during the regular season and hasn't since his rebirth. As such, you can disregard any and all pitcher-versus-batter data here.

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Jake Arrieta will try to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead. USATSI
Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.10) versus the Dodgers

Arrieta is set to make his second start of the postseason, having notched a quality start against the Giants in the NLDS.

You probably know the drill with Arrieta by now. If not, look for a power-heavy approach -- a very, very power-heavy approach. He pitches off his mid-90s fastball, mixing in a slider that sits around 90 mph and a curve that averages 81 mph. Arrieta also boasts a nice beard -- that doesn't impact his pitching, but you have to give credit where credit is due.

Arrieta started once against the Dodgers during the regular season, in late May. He threw seven shutout innings, allowing two hits and walking four. The Dodger who has the most exposure to Arrieta is Adrian Gonzalez (.794 OPS in 22 plate appearances). Everyone else has fewer than 15 plate appearances.

CBS Sports predictions

What good is a game if we don't make foolish, sure-to-be-wrong predictions?

R.J. Anderson Mike Axisa Jonah Keri Dayn Perry Bill Reiter Matt Snyder
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R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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