The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs are scheduled to play a three-game series at Wrigley Field over the next three days. It should be a good one between two historical National League foes. The Dodgers’ offense woke up in a big way against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. They came up with 16 runs in a 16-4 win.
A. J. Pollock and Matt Beaty went wild for a combined 15 RBI. The Dodgers needed to go to the bottom of their lineup to put a charge into what has been a lifeless offense over the last two weeks. Despite scoring 16 runs in an afternoon, Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, and Justin Turner didn’t record an RBI, which sounds like a lie if you didn’t know any better.
The Dodgers were able to bounce back after losing a back and forth game in extras on Saturday. Going into the top of the 10th, we had a 2-2 game in a pitching duel. After taking a 2-run lead, the Dodgers gave the lead right back to lose by a run in extra innings. It was such a hot start to the season for the Dodgers. They looked like the team that is the defending World Series champs.
However, the Dodgers ran into an ugly dose of variance and came down to earth fast. The Dodgers trail the San Francisco Giants by a half game for the lead in the NL West. They’re going into Monday with a record of 17-12 after their offensive explosion on Sunday. The Dodgers can’t do that everyday, but they are capable of being much more consistent than we’ve seen this season. Sure, Cody Bellinger’s leg injury hurts, but there is still ample firepower on the Dodgers to score at a consistent pace.
Their pitching staff is littered with talent from the front to the back of their rotation. They can call on anyone in their rotation and should expect to see quality innings. For Monday at Wrigley Field, it’s Walker Buehler’s turn in the rotation to get the call. Buehler will be making his sixth start of the 2021 campaign tonight.
He’s been reliable for the most part, but is coming off a rough performance versus the Cincinnati Reds. Kyle Hendricks, who is coming off a rough start of his own, counters for the Cubs. Both hurlers will be looking to bounce back in this one. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Cubs pick on May 3, 2021.
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Walker Buehler is a consistent hurler that has given the Dodgers a lot of solid innings over his five-year career in the majors. Through 75 games and 31.1 innings, Buehler has posted an ERA of 3.15 and 1.02 WHIP. He’s been spot on after five starts and 31.1 innings in 2021. Buehler goes into Monday with a 3.16 ERA and 0.96 WHIP.
In his most recent outing, his ERA went from a 2.16 to a 3.16 after only 6.1 innings against the Reds. Buehler allowed 7 hits and 5 earned runs in his worst performance of the year. Despite the poor result against the Reds, I’m confident in Buehler bouncing back better than Kyle Hendricks. The Cubs are hitting .263 with 1 home run against Buehler in 48 at-bats.
I’m more concerned with Hendricks because this is his second bad start in his previous three performances. More specifically, Hendricks hasn’t had the same velocity on his ball than we’ve seen in the past. That’s the worst sign for a pitcher. Hendricks has posted an ERA of 7.54 and 1.76 WHIP through 22.7 innings in 2021. In his last three starts, Hendricks has gotten beat up for a 10.54 ERA, 2.05 WHIP, and .441 OBA.
The Braves scored 14 earned runs in 7.2 innings against Hendricks recently. The Dodgers’ offense has had a lot of success against Hendricks, as they’re hitting .290 with a .362 OBP in 31 at-bats. They’ve connected for a whopping 5 home runs and 9 RBI during that relatively small sample size. After getting the bats going yesterday, expect the offense to continue to pour it on at Wrigley Field tonight. I like the Dodgers to take the lead, and pull away for at least a 2-run win to get this series started.