The Dodgers look to move back on top of the National League West with a doubleheader at the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. Let’s see their MLB odds.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 – 2:20 and 7:40 PM ET at Wrigley Field
The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to move into first place in the National League West on Tuesday. The defending World Series champions stand a half game behind the Giants just over a month into the season, but L.A. will have a chance to leapfrog San Francisco with a day-night doubleheader at the Chicago Cubs.
Monday’s series opener was rained out, making the twin bill necessary. The Dodgers are 7-3 against teams below .500 this year, so the games against the Cubs, who are currently in last place in the National League Central, give the Dodgers a prime opportunity to generate a winning streak.
Shuffling the Staff
The Dodgers were originally lined up to start Walker Bueher, Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer in the three games against the Cubs, but Monday’s rain and more injury woes have necessitated a change.
The team found out on Monday that starter Dustin May will need Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the year. Since the doubleheader games will be just seven innings, the team considered trying to cover up for May’s absence by having one of Tuesday’s contests be a bullpen game. Instead, they’ll simply move Buehler to Wednesday and start Kershaw in Tuesday’s opener, with Bauer going in the nightcap.
The team had a bullpen game on Friday and essentially followed that with another on Saturday, after May went down early. So Los Angeles opted to stick with a pair of Cy Young winners for the doubleheader, likely giving the bullpen a relatively light day. Kershaw, 4-2, with a 2.09 ERA, threw seven scoreless innings against the Reds last week and has a 1.09 ERA in his last five starts. Bauer, 3-1, 2.48 threw a complete game against the Brewers his last time out but took his first loss of the season.
At the plate, the Dodgers appear to have found some answers, putting up 16 runs in a Sunday win over Milwaukee that snapped a string of six losses in seven games.
Looking to Snap a Slump
The Cubs hope that a trip home helps snap them out of their slump. Chicago finished a 2-5 road trip that dropped them a half game behind Pittsburgh in the Central on Sunday and now host the world champs at Wrigley.
The Cubs will get back a bat for the Dodgers series. Joc Pederson, who was out with left wrist tendinitis, was activated from the injured list on Monday and was in the team’s starting lineup, batting leadoff before the game was washed out.
The former Dodger utility man signed with the Cubs in offseason looking to play every day. Prior to his injury, he was struggling, however, hitting .137 with .498 OPS.
The team is still awaiting word on two other position players. Center fielder Ian Happ collided with Nico Hoerner in Sunday’s game and neither was in the lineup for Monday’s postponed game. Kris Bryant was listed as the center fielder in what would have been just his second appearance at that position had the game been played.
Manager David Ross said Happ was “better” but also said team doctors were testing him for what seems like a possible concussion.
“Pretty sore,” he said. “Him and Nico both woke up with a lot of soreness.”
The biggest concern with Hoerner appeared to be his ankle, but Ross didn’t elaborate.
“A lot went on in that collision that makes a lot of different body parts sore,” Ross said.
The Cubs have some uncertainty on the mound for Tuesday’s games. Monday’s scheduled starter, Kyle Hendricks, will be on the mound for the first game. He’s 1-3 with a 7.54 ERA and gave up seven runs in 3.2 innings last time out. The team hasn’t announced a starter for game two.
Cubs pitchers had a 6.71 ERA on the just-completed road trip, and starters are 8-12, 6.00 for the year.
The Dodgers appear to have found their hitting stroke against Milwaukee and got an unexpected day off on Monday. Everything’s coming up L.A. as they look to beat up on the last place Cubbies, who are struggling to find reliable pitching. For your MLB picks, look for the Dodgers to sweep Chicago.
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