Pre-Gamin’: Dodgers at Cubs (1:20 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

After last night’s rainout, the Cubs are back at Wrigley Field this afternoon for the first half of a double-header against the Los Angeles Dodgers. And the terms have changed. For one, this game will be just seven innings and both teams will get an extra roster spot. And for another, Clayton Kershaw is taking the mound in the opener instead of Walker Buehler (who’s going tomorrow), while Trevor Bauer will take the second-game today.

These are all tough matchups, no doubt, but I’m sure Cubs hitters aren’t looking forward to facing Kershaw and Bauer twice in one day.

Meanwhile, Kyle Hendricks will still take the opener, but he’s been completely off his game lately, failing to go five innings in 3 of his first 5 starts, with 10 homers and 8 walks allowed in just 22.2 innings pitched. That’s just not our guy. And I’d love to see him turn it around, but the Dodgers are scoring as many runs as any team out there and are the best team in MLB against right-handed pitching (123 wRC+).

Hendricks has a shorter game to cover this afternoon, though, so it would be a *perfect* time to become the first Cubs starter to go 7.0 innings this year.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (12-16) at Los Angeles Dodgers (17-12) – Tuesday, May 4th at 1:20 CT on Marquee Sports Network, 670 The Score

Starting Pitchers

Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw (L)

versus

Cubs: Kyle Hendricks (R)

Chicago Cubs (Lineup Discussion):

1. Willson Contreras, C
2. Kris Bryant, RF
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Javy Baez, SS
5. Matt Duffy, LF
6. David Bote, 3B
7. Jake Marisnick, CF
8. Ildemaro Vargas, 2B
9. Kyle Hendricks, P

Los Angeles Dodgers:

1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Corey Seager, SS
3. Justin Turner, 3B
4. Max Muncy, 1B
5. Chris Taylor, CF
6. AJ Pollock, LF
7. Gavin Lux, 2B
8. Austin Barnes, C
9. Clayton Kershaw, P

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