NLCS Preview: Kenta Maeda gets the ball for underdog Dodgers in Game 1.

Kenta Maeda interpreter

On Thursday, Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda doused his intepreter, Will Ireton, with beer. On Friday Ireton interpreted Maeda’s thoughts about starting Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. (Getty Images)

CHICAGO — A fairly routine off-day practice at Wrigley Field injected a dash of news on the eve of the National League Championship Series.

Kenta Maeda will start Game 1 for the Dodgers, who will reset their 25-man roster but haven’t said who’s in and who’s out.

Position for position, the Cubs have the advantage on paper. A balanced attack allowed Chicago to win 103 games.

Kenley Jansen‘s Mariano Rivera impersonation might need to continue into the NLCS, writes Mark Whicker.

Here’s more from Maeda prior to the Dodgers’ Friday afternoon workout:

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.