The Dodgers were able to escape Coors Field with one win luckily. The boys in blue defeated Colorado 10-6 in the series finale on Sunday afternoon and then got the hell out of dodge. Now they’ll begin a three game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in a NLCS rematch. Wrigley Field is just as much of a nightmare as Coors Field is and I am sure nobody is looking forward to this match-up this early in the season.
While Rich Hill is testing his ailing blister in a bullpen session, southpaw Alex Wood will get the start today in his stead. Wood has pitched two scoreless frames this season and appeared in 14 games for the Dodgers last season before battling a serious elbow injury.
Dodgers @ Chicago
Alex Wood-0-0 vs. Jon Lester-0-0
Game Time – 5:05 PM – TV- ESPN
Wood has some good numbers in his career against the Cubs. He is 1-2 with a 3.79 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 19 innings against the Cubs over 6 career appearances. He is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA at Wrigley Field. He’s held the current Cubs to a .260 batting average against. Only Kris Bryant has hit a home run and the Cubs have a .675 OPS against Wood.
Wood vs. Cubs
The Dodgers just have to face Jon Lester in the opening game. Oh and he’s also a left hander. No big deal or anything. Lester only lasted 5 innings in his first start of the season but struck out 7 and allowed one earned run on seven hits. Lester is 2-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 5 career starts against the Dodgers and has limited them to a .196 average against. The current Dodgers are hitting just .200 against him. Lester is hard to hit no matter where you face him or when.
Lester vs. Dodgers
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Of course with a left hander on the mound you can expect the Dodgers to not play at least one or more of their best offensive threats. That probably means Kike in center for Joc, and Franklin Gutierrez replacing Andrew Toles in left. Don’t expect the Dodgers to score more than one run today, if that. Honestly keep your expectations low for this one.
This is a strange series as the Dodgers will have a day-off tomorrow in the middle of the series and then back at it on Wednesday evening. Through the first seven games, the Dodgers are 4-3. Tonight’s game is exclusively on ESPN.