Kyle Hendricks (3-4, 2.93 ERA) and Julio Urias (0-0, 10.12 ERA) start in the last of a four-game series between the Chicago Cubs (36-15) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (28-26) at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 2-1, and Chicago leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 2:20 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 2 and can be seen on CSCh and SNLA.
Hendricks pitched 9.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run and striking out seven in a 4-1 win over the Phillies. Kris Bryant (.280, 38 Rs, 12 HRs, 39 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Urias went 2.2 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking four in a 6-5 defeat to the Mets in his most recent start. Trayce Thompson (.268, 18 Rs, 7 HRs, 19 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
The odds for Chicago and Los Angeles are Cubs -145, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable.
The Cubs lead the season series, 2-1.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
In their last game, the Dodgers lost by a margin of one run. The Cubs are 7-6 in one-run games. The Dodgers have a 5-9 record in close games.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Dodgers have a 1-2 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 3-21. The Cubs have a 4-11 record when opponents outhit them.
Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half of the league at 19th when it comes to home runs, hitting 52 this season. Chicago ranks in the top half with 59.
Ranking 20th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.11 per game. Chicago ranks in the top half with 8.57.
Ranking 26th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.685). Chicago ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .775.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 9-19. When the Cubs allow one or more homers, they have a 15-11 record.