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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs Pick & Prediction MAY 5TH 2021

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The Chicago Cubs' pitching staff has carried the highest starters' ERA in the major leagues for much of the early season, but that trend has gone the other way this week against the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cubs right-handers Kyle Hendricks and Keegan Thompson combined to limit the Dodgers to one run in 10 2/3 innings Tuesday as Chicago took both games of a doubleheader.

On Wednesday, fellow righty Adbert Alzolay will try to keep the roll going as the Cubs attempt to finish a three-game sweep of the reigning World Series champions.

Alzolay (1-2, 4.71 ERA) will be working on an additional day of rest after the Cubs pushed his start back following a series of roster moves ahead of the doubleheader. He hasn't faced the Dodgers in his career.

Alzolay is coming off the longest outing of his brief career, as he defeated the Atlanta Braves on Thursday behind six innings of two-run, four-hit ball. He gave up one walk and recorded six strikeouts.

"His stuff I put up there with anybody in baseball, just the way it moves," Cubs infielder Matt Duffy said. "Facing him in a live BP right before (the) season started, I was thoroughly impressed with the pure stuff. I think when he's aggressive like he was (Thursday) you see how difficult it is for hitters. He was really sharp."

Dodgers righty Walker Buehler will try to return to his early season form. Buehler (1-0, 3.16) began the year with four successive quality starts but scuffled Thursday against the Cincinnati Reds, yielding five runs in 6 1/3 innings, with one walk and 10 strikeouts.

In three career appearances against the Cubs, including two starts, Buehler is 0-1 with a 5.27 ERA and seven strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.

After pouncing on Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw early in Tuesday's doubleheader opener, the Cubs endured a wild finish to take Game 2 by a 4-3 margin in nine innings. Dodgers starter Trevor Bauer limited the Cubs to one run in 4 1/3 innings in the nightcap, and he was far removed from the game by the time David Bote smacked an opposite-field, walk-off single in the ninth.

Chicago became the eighth team to sweep a doubleheader against two Cy Young Award-winning starters and the third to accomplish the feat since 1996.

The Dodgers have lost 12 of 16 and are 1-5 to begin a 10-game road trip. They also fell to 1-5 in extra innings.

After failing to make a plate appearance in the doubleheader despite a recent hot streak -- including a four-hit, seven-RBI day at Milwaukee on Sunday -- Matt Beaty will be in the starting lineup Wednesday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

In the nightcap on Tuesday, Max Muncy hit a game-tying home run in the seventh and Justin Turner went deep in the eighth, but the offense was two outs from losing by three-hit shutout after scoring only one run in the opener.

When asked whether any part of the roster apart from starting pitching was performing to its potential, Roberts said, "Probably not."

--Field Level Media

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  • @Milwaukee L 5 - 6
  • @Milwaukee L 1 - 3
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  • Cincinnati W 0 - 8
  • Cincinnati L 6 - 5
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Last Injuries

Chicago Cubs

  • Dan Winkler

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Winkler has wound up on the 10-day injured list due to right triceps tendinitis, and the severity of the injury is unclear.

  • Rowan Wick

    Out indefinitely | 60-day IL

    Wick has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to an oblique strain, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Ian Happ

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Happ missed the previous two games with a rib contusion, and it is unclear if he will partake in Friday's matchup versus the Pirates.

  • Austin Romine

    Out indefinitely | 60-day IL

    Romine has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a left wrist sprain, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Jake Arrieta

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Arrieta has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right thumb abrasion, and it is uncertain how long he will be idle.

  • Nico Hoerner

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Hoerner has been assigned to the 10-day injured list with a left forearm strain, and he is without a definitive timetable for recovery.

  • Trevor Megill

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Megill has been shuttled to the 10-day injured list due to right forearm strain, and it is unknown when he will be available to return.

  • Joc Pederson

    Prob Tues | probable

    Pederson has been activated from the 10-day injured list due to left wrist tendinitis, but he is projected to be available for Tuesday contest versus the Dodgers.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Corey Knebel

    Out indefinitely | 60-day IL

    Knebel has a serious right lat strain and has been ticketed for the 60-day injured list. He will be out of commission for several months.

  • Scott Alexander

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Alexander has been held out of the last three games with an arm injury, and it is unclear if he will take the field in Friday's contest versus the Angels.

  • Dustin May

    out for season | 10-day IL

    May was shifted to the 10-day injured list and will miss the remainder of the 2021 season after Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

  • Edwin Rios

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Rios is on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. He is without a definitive timetable for recovery.

  • Brusdar Graterol

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Graterol has hit the 10-day injured list with right forearm tightness, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Clayton Kershaw

    day-to-day | out

    Kershaw was lifted from Tuesday's game with an unknown ailment, and he will not return.

  • Garrett Cleavinger

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Cleavinger has been absent from the lineup during the previous two games with a triceps injury, and it is unknown if he will be active against the Brewers on Saturday.

  • David Price

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Price has been moved to the 10-day injured list with a Grade 2 right hamstring strain, and it is uncertain how long he will be idle.

David Bote hit a three-run double in the first inning and the Chicago Cubs rolled to a 7-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday in the opening game of a doubleheader.

The Cubs scored four runs in the first inning and knocked Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw from the game after the opening frame. Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks (2-3) delivered a seven-inning complete game, giving up one run on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

Dodgers rookie Keibert Ruiz hit a home run in the seventh inning to spoil Hendricks' shutout bid. Ruiz hit the first he saw this season into the seats in right field. Los Angeles has lost seven of its last 11 games.

Jake Marisnick added a home run for the Cubs, who entered with seven defeats in their previous nine games.

Kershaw (4-3) threw 39 pitches and was pulled after giving up four runs on four hits with two strikeouts in the shortest start of his 14-year career. He lasted 1 1/3 innings in a start against the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010 that also occurred on May 4.

With one out in the opening inning, Kris Bryant doubled down the third base line and into the seats then scored on a single from Anthony Rizzo. A walk and single loaded the bases for Bote who cleared them with a double off the left field wall.

The Cubs added two more in the third off reliever Dennis Santana. With two outs, Santana hit Jake Marisnick with a pitch then gave up a single to Ildemaro Vargas. Vargas stole second to get into scoring position, with both runners scoring on a wild pitch and subsequent throwing error by Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes.

Marisnick's home run to lead off the sixth, his third, made it a 7-0 advantage.

After Ruiz's home run in the seventh, the Dodgers got Mookie Betts to third base, but Justin Turner grounded into a double play against Hendricks to end the game.

The game was rescheduled from Monday after the opener of the three-game series was postpones because of the threat of severe thunderstorms.

--Field Level Media