Monday evening on the MLB diamond and the National League West will duke it out with the National League Central as the Los Angeles Dodgers invade Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois to grapple with the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs took four of the seven meetings between these teams last year.
Pitching Matchup: The Dodgers will send Kenta Maeda (3-1, 3.80 ERA) to the bump and the Cubs will counter with Jose Quintana (2-1, 3.43 ERA).
Dodgers Have Surged Ahead In the NL West
The Los Angeles Dodgers began their season having won eight of their first 10 games, but they followed that up with a six-game losing streak. That skid allowed the Padres to take the lead in the National League West, but then Dodgers have surged back in the lead by winning seven of their last eight games. The Pitching did not have a great start this year, but they have allowed just 2.63 rpg over their last eight games, after allowing 6.33 rpg during their previous six games. The Dodgers just took three of four games from the Brewers on the road and they will look to keep it rolling here in Chicago, but it will not be easy as the Cubs have also been playing well of late. In the finale against the Brewers, LA won 6-5 and Joc Pederson (9th & 10th), and Cody Bellinger (11th) both went deep, while Kenley Jansen (2-0, 3.09 ERA) grabbed the win. Clayton Kershaw got the start and pitched well as he allowed two ERs on two hits in 6.0 innings of work.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 22, 2019
The Dodgers will trot out Kenta Maeda in this one and he has gone 3-1 with a 3.80 ERA in four starts on the year, including 1-1 with a 5.23 ERA in two starts on the road. In his career, he has gone 18-14 with a 4.39 ERA in 53 games (42 starts) on the road and 10-6 with a 3.75 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) during March/ April. Maeda has gone 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA in two career starts against the Cubs, including 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA in one start here at Wrigley Field.
The Dodgers have been a strong offensive team so far as they come in ranked 3rd in the league in scoring, putting up 5.67 rpg, while also ranking 5th in hitting at .264 and 2nd in homers with 44. On the mound, they have been above average as they come in ranked 12th in the league in ERA at 4.10, while also ranking 6th in WHIP at 1.16 and 6th in K’s with 209. The bullpen ranks 20th in the league with a 4.91 ERA.
The Cubs Are Rolling
The Chicago Cubs had a slow start to their season as they went just 3-8 through their first 11 games, but the Cubs have turned it on of late as they have won seven of their last nine, including five of their last six. Their pitching has been unbelievable of late as they have allowed a total of 17 runs over their last nine games and 12 of those runs came in two games. The Cubs have allowed one run or less in six of their last nine games, but that will be tested against one of the best offenses in this league in this one. Chicago is off a 2-1 home win over Arizona and they got a solid outing from Tyler Chatwood in the game as he allowed no runs and just two hits in 6.0 innings of work, but was still saddled with the no-decision. Pedro Strop got the win and is now 1-1 with a 5.05 ERA on the year. Javier Baez and David Bote both had two hits and an RBI to lead the offense. Bote’s RBI came in the bottom of the 9th to give the Cubs the walk-off win.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 22, 2019
The Cubs will hand the ball to Jose Quintana and he has gone 2-1 with a 3.43 ERA in four games (three starts) on the year, including 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in one start here at home. In his career, he has gone 13-5 with a 3.97 ERA in 26 starts here at Wrigley Field and 13-10 with a 4.19 ERA in 34 games (33 starts) during March/ April. Quintana has gone 0-1 with a 1.40 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers.
The Cubs have been a strong offensive team so far as they come in ranked 6th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.50 rpg, while also ranking 10th in hitting at .260 and 20th in homers with 26. On the mound, they have been above average as they come in ranked 13th in the league in ERA at 4.21, while also ranking 24th in WHIP at 1.45 and 22nd in K’s with 181. The bullpen ranks 29th in the league with a 5.08 ERA.
Los Angeles is:
- 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30
- 3-7 in their last 10 games vs. a left-handed starter
- 11-4 in Quintana’s last 15 starts after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game.
- 19-7 in Quintana’s last 26 home starts