First Look: Cubs series vs. Dodgers

by - Correspondent -
Kamil Krzaczynski - USA Today Sports

WHO: Defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Dodgers
WHERE: Wrigley Field, Chance of rain on Tuesday
WHEN: Monday 8:05 pm (ET) on ESPN
Wednesday 8:05 pm (ET) on MLB Network
Thursday 2:20 pm (ET) on Local affiliates

Pitching matchups

Monday: Alex Wood (LHP) vs Jon Lester (LHP)
Wednesday: Brandon McCarthy (RHP) vs. John Lackey (RHP)
Thursday: Hyun-jin Ryu (LHP) vs. Brett Anderson (LHP)

Pitching Breakdown for Monday night's game

The first game at Wrigley Field for the 2017 baseball season! Today’s game will include the raising of the World Series banner before the start of the game. Therefore, get your cameras and voice ready, it’s game time. Dodgers pitcher Wood only pitched two innings last game giving him an ERA of 0.00 with a WHIP of 0.50. Wood’s career ERA is 3.24 for four seasons played in the majors. In 2016, his ERA was 3.74 with WHIP of 1.26. Anthony Rizzo has ten at-bats against Wood with a mediocre average of only .200. Lester pitched on Opening Night going five innings allowing only one run with an ERA was 1.80. One batter to keep a watch on would be Franklin Gutierrez who has faced Lester 23 times with an AVG of .217, and an OPS of .598 and a slugging of .348.

Pitching Breakdown for Wednesday night's game
Dodgers pitcher McCarthy has pitched one game, and he won the game going six innings with a 3.00 ERA. In just one game, his WHIP is 0.83 while his 2016 WHIP was 1.38. One Cubs batter to keep a watch on would be Ben Zobrist who has had 22 at bats with a .227 batting average and a OPS of .701. Cubs pitcher John Lackey has pitched one game this season and went into the sixth inning getting the win with an ERA of 4.50 and a WHIP of 1.33. In 2016, he had an ERA of 3.35 and a WHIP of 1.06.

Pitching Breakdown for Thursday afternoon's game
Dodgers pitcher Ryu has pitched one game going into 4.2 innings pitched with a ERA of 3.86 and a WHIP of 1.50. Since Ryan struggled in his first start, cub batters could have there way with them. Miguel Montero has been impressive with Ryu in the past with a .400 batting average. Look for Montero to be a huge lift off the bench if Joe Maddon puts him in. Cubs pitcher Brett Anderson went into fifth inning with a season ERA of 1.59 and a WHIP of 1.06. In 2016, his season ERA was 11.91 with just four games played due to injuries. One player to watch is Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez who has a .350 batting average with eight at bats against Anderson.

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