With early-season blips behind them, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs are playing like the National League pennant contenders they were expected to be heading into a three-game series starting Tuesday at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers have won seven of their last eight after a six-game skid, and the Cubs have climbed back to .500 following a 1-6 start.
Cody Bellinger's was the hero of Los Angeles' 6-5 victory at Milwaukee on Sunday, robbing a home run from Christian Yelich in the eighth inning and launching his 11th homer of the season to break a tie in the ninth. The Dodgers took three of four in Milwaukee as they continued a stretch of 20 consecutive games against NL Central teams. The Cubs have won three of their last four series and split the other after David Bote's walk-off single Sunday gave them a 2-1 win as they took two of three from visiting Arizona. Chicago has allowed one run or fewer in four of its last five games.
TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network; SportsNet LA (Los Angeles), NBCS Chicago
PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers RH Kenta Maeda (3-1, 3.80 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Jose Quintana (2-1, 3.43)
Maeda has won three of his first four starts and allowed three runs or fewer in all three victories. The 31-year-old from Japan posted a quality start last time out against Cincinnati, holding the Reds to one run and four hits over 6 2/3 innings. Maeda is 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA in two starts against the Cubs, both last season.
After a disastrous outing at Milwaukee on April 5, Quintana has been dominant in his last two starts. The 30-year-old Colombian has piled up 18 strikeouts over 14 scoreless innings across his last two outings, allowing 10 hits and one walk in wins over Pittsburgh and Miami. Quintana is winless in three starts against the Dodgers despite allowing only three earned runs over 19 1/3 innings.
1. The Dodgers have homered in 21 of their first 24 games, second only to Seattle, which has homered in 23 contests.
2. Cubs LHP Mike Montgomery (strained lat) was scheduled to make a rehab start at Double-A Tennessee on Monday.
3. Los Angeles OF Joc Pederson on Sunday hit his 10th lead-off home run since the start of last season, most in the majors during that stretch.
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LOS ANGELES DODGERS
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- HamstringEarly June | 10-day IL
Strop has been designated for the 10-day injured list with a Grade 2 left hamstring strain. He is not expected to return to the lineup until at least the beginning of June.
- WristOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Cedeno has landed on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his left wrist. The team has yet to provide a return date.
- NeckQues Mon | questionable
Bryant was forced from the previous game due to a neck injury, and it has yet to be established if he will suit up against the Astros on Monday.
- RestQues Fri | questionable
Contreras is not expected to be in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Reds as he will receive a day of rest.
- ShoulderEarly June | 60-day IL
Barnette has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with right shoulder tightness and is expected to be sidelined until at least the early part of June.
- RestQues Thurs | questionable
Bryant is not expected to be in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Phillies as he is likely to receive a day to rest.
- HeelProb Wed | probable
Baez is expected to suit up against the Phillies on Wednesday despite a right heel contusion.
- HeelOut Tues | out
Baez sat out the previous game due to a right heel contusion and will not suit up Tuesday versus the Phillies.
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- PersonalOut indefinitely | out
Kelly has been placed on the bereavement list. He is permitted to miss three to seven games.
- GroinQues Mon | questionable
Barnes exited the last game due to left groin soreness, and his availability for Monday's tilt with the Mets is up in the air.
- KneeQues Sun | questionable
Baez has been held out of the previous three games due to a right knee contusion, and it is unclear if he will return Sunday against the Pirates.
- BackProb Sun | probable
Verdugo is expected to suit up against the Pirates on Sunday despite back tightness.
- RestQues Sat | questionable
Turner is not expected to be in the starting lineup against the Pirates on Saturday as he is likely to receive a day of rest.
- GroinProb Sun | 10-day IL
Maeda has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a left adductor contusion. He is targeting a return against the Pirates on Sunday.
- ShoulderEarly June | 10-day IL
Cingrani has soreness in his throwing shoulder and has been placed on the 10-day injured list. He is likely to make his season debut by the beginning of June.
- PersonalProb Tues | probable
Urias has been reinstated from the 7-day administrative leave and is expected to return Tuesday against the Rays.
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