The lineup shuffling continues for the Dodgers in their series finale against the Cubs. The Dodgers were able to spoil the Cub’s World Series ring party on Wednesday thanks to some awesome pitching. Hopefully the Dodgers can escape with a series win, but they have to beat old teammate Brett Anderson to do it. After today the Dodgers will fly home to play the Dbacks and open a six-game home stand against Arizona and Colorado.
Third baseman Just Turner returns to the lineup on Thursday. He had missed the last game after dealing with a sore quad. The Dodgers are happy to have him back in the lineup. He was able to appear in Wednesday night’s game as a pinch-hitter and grounded into an inning ending double play.
Adrian Gonzalez is not in the lineup today, getting the day off. Scott Van Slyke (who has been dreadful thus far) will take over first base and bat fifth. Yasiel Puig will hit cleanup and man his usual right field position. Once again Kike will play against a lefty, but this time he is in left field, with Trayce Thompson playing in center, and Joc Pederson getting a rest as well. Thompson was just recalled from Oklahoma City after Franklin Gutierrez was placed on the DL with a strained left hamstring.
Dodgers @ Cubs
Van Slyke 1B
Hyun-jin Ryu-1-0 vs. Brett Anderson-0-0
Game Time 11:20 AM- TV-SNLA
The pitching match-up will feature Hyun-jin Ryu for the Dodgers going up against old friend Brett Anderson. I can’t really say Anderson is an old friend because he sucked so much as a Dodger. But of course he has pitched well for the Cubs. In his first start as a Cub he allowed just one run across 5.2 innings pitched in a no-decision. Anderson has never faced the Dodgers and has pitched only once at Wrigley Field. Ryu is 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA in career starts against the Cubs. Here’s how the current Cubs have done against him.
Ryu vs. Cubs
If the Dodgers can’t hit Brett Anderson then they will truly suffer a fate worse than any other. That is the fate of total embarrassment. Please don’t get shutout today Dodgers.