So far through seven games the Cubs have five wins and two series wins. They started the season with a loss to the Cardinals, but were able to turn it around and win the series. Then they went to Milwaukee and took two of three from the Brew crew and tonight they look to do the same to the Dodgers.
They won their first game of the series on opening night in Chicago on a walk-off single by Anthony Rizzo and tonight they look to win game two, taking the three-game series.
The Dodgers come into tonight’s game with a 4-4 record, with their most recent loss to the Cubs. They have played two series, one against the Padres and the other against the Rockies, and won the first and lost the second. They will need to win tonight’s game to keep an above .500 record and keep the hope alive to win this series.
On the mound for the Cubs is right-handed veteran John Lackey. He is coming off his first start against the Cardinals in which he gave up three runs, six hits, but managed to strikeout six. He got the win, but walked away with a 4.50 ERA.
Taking the bump for the visiting Dodgers is Brandon McCarthy. Like Lackey, McCarthy is also 1-0, but has a lower ERA at three.
The player to watch again tonight for the Dodgers is their young superstar shortstop Corey Seager. Although he only went 1-4 in the first game, he is always a dangerous weapon for the Dodgers.
Following the walk-off win by Rizzo, Seager said that it hurts to lose games like that.
According to Bill Plunkett of the Southern California News Group, Seager said,
“Yeah, that wasn’t good,” Seager said. “That one hurts a little. We take a lot of pride in coming back, making that push late to tie it. That hurts, for sure.”
The guy to watch for the Cubs is Jason Heyward. He didn’t have a great season in the box last season, but he was on fire early this season. He started on a five-game hitting streak, but wasn’t able to get one last game to extend the streak to six. Despite not getting a hit last game, he is still hitting .292 with four RBIs this season.
The game is set for first pitch at 7:05 Central time. MLBN will be airing the game.
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