National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, August 27th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago Cubs (55-76) at Los Angeles Dodgers (77-54), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Travis Wood (7-10, 3.22)
Los Angeles - Clayton Kershaw (13-7, 1.72)
(Sports Network) - After landing a body blow with one ace in Monday night's
opener, the Los Angeles Dodgers go for the knockout with Clayton Kershaw on
the mound for the second contest of a three-game series versus the Chicago
After dropping two of three over the weekend to the Boston Red Sox for their
first series loss since June 14-16 (14-0-4), the Dodgers sent Zack Greinke to
the mound to face the Cubs and he was again excellent in a 6-2 win.
Greinke capped his brilliant August by giving up five hits and two walks while
striking out nine. He was one out away from his second shutout of the season
before giving up a two-run double to Brian Bogusevic and Brian Wilson finished
out the game by recording the final out.
Still, Greinke moved to 13-3 on the season and won all five of his starts in
August with a 1.23 earned run average. He also singled home Los Angeles' first
run on Monday and is hitting .340 on the year.
"It was a fun night. My location was really good and the defense was good,"
Greinke said. "I don't know how much better I could have done. It was
frustrating not to get that final out. I just couldn't finish it."
Carl Crawford drove in two runs, while both Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig
homered for the Dodgers, who are 20-5 in August and own a 9 1/2-game lead for
first place in the NL West.
Los Angeles also has won eight in a row over Chicago dating back to last
season, tying the club's longest win streak versus the Cubs in Los Angeles
history, which was set from June 9, 1974-May 19, 1975.
Jake Arrieta surrendered four runs on six hits and five walks over five-plus
innings to suffer his first loss since joining the Cubs, who have lost six of
their last seven games.
"(Greinke) is on a pretty good stretch. He's got all the pitches to do it, and
he did it tonight," Cubs manager Dale Sveum.
Things don't get easier for Sveum's club on Tuesday as they go up against the
Major League leader in ERA, Kershaw.
The lefty is 13-7 with a 1.72 ERA in 27 starts and also ranks second in the NL
with 188 strikeouts. He is emerging as the favorite to win the NL Cy Young
Award for the second time in three years and he also finished second in voting
last year to R.A. Dickey.
Kershaw has won three straight starts, including consecutive eight-inning
scoreless outings. That latest came on Thursday in Miami, where he scattered
five hits and three walks while striking out six but still had harsh words for
"I was terrible the first few innings. I didn't have much command of my
pitches," Kershaw said. "Things could have gone a lot differently. It could
have gotten out of hand pretty quick."
The 25-year-old is 7-4 with a 1.56 ERA in 14 starts at home this year and 3-1
lifetime versus the Cubs with a 1.61 ERA in four meetings.
Travis Wood draws the task of countering Kershaw and his All-Star season has
taken a bit of a dive in August, where he is 0-3 with a 5.16 ERA.
Wood did not factor into a 5-4 loss versus Washington on Thursday, giving up
four runs on seven hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings of work. He stands 7-10
with a 3.22 ERA in 26 starts this season.
The 26-year-old lefty began his month with a 6-2 loss to the Dodgers as he
yielded five runs on seven hits and five walks over just 3 1/3 innings. He is
1-2 lifetime in this matchup with a 7.65 ERA in four starts.
08/27 10:40:04 ET