Two teams going in opposite directions clash on Tuesday night as the Cubs travel to Los Angeles in a rematch of the last two National League Championship Series.
Really, this whole series could be match-up of the week. After Monday’s contest went to the boys in Dodger Blue, the Cubs will try to rebound with their best pitcher in the second game of a four game set. The game features a rematch of two red hot starters who faced each other last Wednesday.
Jon Lester (9-2, 2.10 ERA) takes the hill for the North Siders. Number 34 has been as consistent as ever in the 2018 campaign. He got the better of the Dodgers his last time out in a 4-0 Cubs win, scattering five hits over seven innings but hurling 119 pitches. Lest walked three and only struck out one batter but pitched-to-contact very effectively. The Cubs’ ace has given up more than two earned runs only once in his last ten starts.
The Dodgers will counter with Ross Stripling, who took the loss against Lester last time out. Stripling has been fantastic for L.A. this year. He comes to Tuesday’s match-up with a sparkling 1.99 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He’s racked up 85 punchouts in 72.1 innings against just 11 walks. Stripling started the year as a reliever for Los Angeles, but has pitched his way into the rotation in mid-May and hasn’t looked back.
The Cubs have lost five straight and seven of their last ten and now trail the Milwaukee Brewers by half a game in the Central. Their record still stands strong at 42-34 but they’ll need to rebound if they want to keep up with the Brew Crew.
The Dodgers have now won four straight and are 7-3 over their last ten. They have crept slowly up the standings in the West, and are knocking on the door of division supremacy, just 1.5 games back of the Diamondbacks.
First pitch is 7:10 p.m. from Chavez Ravine.