Jake Arrieta (9-0, 1.72 ERA) gets the ball for the Chicago Cubs (35-14) as they go up against Scott Kazmir (4-3, 4.84 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (27-25) in the second of a four-game series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 2-0, extending a six-game winning streak. The game starts at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 31 and will air on WLS, SNLA and ESPN.
In his last start, Arrieta pitched 5.0 innings, giving up four runs, striking out four and walking one in a 9-8 victory over the Cardinals. Dexter Fowler (.316, 34 Rs, 6 HRs, 24 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. The Dodgers were victorious over the Reds 3-1 the last time Kazmir pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out 12 and walking two.
The odds are Cubs -220 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable.
The only other game between the two teams went Chicago's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
Chicago won its last game in a shutout, its fifth of the season. Los Angeles has been shut out two times this season.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Dodgers have a 4-4 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Dodgers are 3-21. The Cubs have a 3-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Los Angeles ranks near the bottom of the league at 21st when it comes to home runs, hitting 50 this season. Chicago ranks in the top half with 58.
Ranking 18th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.19 per game. Chicago ranks in the top 10 with 8.84.
Ranking 23rd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.691). Chicago ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .790.
When the Dodgers allow at least one home run, they are 9-18. When the Cubs allow one or more homers, they have a 14-10 record.