Pre-Gamin': Cubs at Dodgers (2:10 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Cubs at Dodgers (2:10 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Cubs

In what will be the final regular season showdown between the last two National League pennant winners, today’s getaway day matchup pits a rematch of Game 1 of the 2017 NLCS with Clayton Kershaw and Jose Quintana squaring off.

On paper, it’s a mismatch. But because the game isn’t played on paper, this matchup features a pair of starters trying to find their way through a lineup.

Quintana hasn’t won a decision since May 31 and the team has lost each of his last two starts. June hasn’t been kind to Quintana, who has been hit hard (45.3 percent hard-hit rate) and owns a 4.15 ERA and 4.25 FIP in his last four starts. The month started off well enough for Quintana, who struck out 10 and walked just two in 5.2 innings on June 6 against the Phillies. But in three starts since, he has issued six walks and struck out just nine batters in 16 innings. Not a nice look for a guy the Cubs need to get back on track.

The Dodgers counter with Kershaw, who is making his second start since working his way back from a stint on the disabled list. In his first time out, Kershaw allowed two runs on five hits over three innings against the Mets. (Seriously … the Mets? LOL.) Kershaw was limited to 55 pitches and could be on a pitch limit on Thursday, but he’ll probably get a little more rope from Dave Roberts.

Not too many batters hit Kershaw well, but the Cubs’ third and fourth hitters have held their own against the three-time Cy Young winner. Anthony Rizzo owns a .304/.385/.783 slash line in 26 career plate appearances against Kershaw, which includes three homers and two doubles. Willson Contreras is 6-for-11 with a pair of dingers against Kershaw. If the Cubs’ lefty-mashing duo of Albert Almora Jr. and Javy Baez  can set the table for Contreras and Rizzo, things could get interesting at Chavez Ravine.

Today is a chance to split a very tough road series.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (43-35) at Los Angeles Dodgers (43-36) – Thursday, June 28 at 2:10 CT on NBC Sports Chicago, MLB Network (out-of-market), 670 The Score

Game Thread and Series Preview

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Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Jose Quintana (L): 4.26 ERA, 4.37 FIP; 2.05 K/BB

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Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw (L): 2.94 ERA, 3.35 FIP; 4.75 K/BB

Los Angeles Dodgers Lineup:

  1. Chris Taylor, SS
  2. Enrique Hernandez, LF
  3. Justin Turner, 3B
  4. Matt Kemp, RF
  5. Max Muncy, 1B
  6. Cody Bellinger, CF
  7. Logan Forsythe, 2B
  8. Austin Barnes, C
  9. Clayton Kershaw, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Albert Almora Jr., CF
  2. Javy Baez, 2B
  3. Willson Contreras, C
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  5. Addison Russell, SS
  6. David Bote, 3B
  7. Ian Happ, RF
  8. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  9. Jose Quintana, P

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.