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NL West Notes: Dodgers prep for Game 6, Padres' Dee rumors fly

Here's what's happening around the National League West.

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With a win over the Dodgers on Saturday night, the Chicago Cubs will advance to the World Series for the first time since 1945. However, the Dodgers' starting pitcher for Game 6 is probably the biggest reason why L.A. can force a Game 7 on Sunday night.

Clayton Kershaw will take the hill for the Dodgers, who will set a major league record for most consecutive postseason appearances without reaching the World Series, should they fall to the Cubs. Kershaw has proven to be a valuable asset for the Dodgers this season, particularly in a bullpen role when other relievers are depleted.

With Kyle Hendricks starting for Chicago, scoring should be light. After all, the Indians are in the World Series already, and they're hitting just .208 this postseason.

Here's what else is happening around the National League West:

Rumors continue to fly regarding the dismissal of Mike Dee from the Padres organization.

One writer explores the possibility of a Giants-Tigers trade session.

With the idea of an international draft brewing, how could recent CBA discussions affect the Rockies?

Take a look at the projected starting pitching forecast for the 2017 Diamondbacks.

Justin Turner broke a franchise record that dates to the days of Ebbets Field.

The Giants know they have to improve their bullpen for 2017. But it won't be easy.

During an ugly season, the emergence of Brad Hand was a bright spot for the Padres.

Top Colorado prospect Ryan McMahon is having a field day in the Arizona Fall League.