The Dodgers go for a series win against the Cubs on Wednesday after splitting the first two games. The series finale against Chicago is a rarity in that not only is Wednesday a weekday day game, but it is also preceding a home off day in the middle of a homestand.
The Dodgers are 21-14 in day games this season, and have outscored their opponents by nearly a run per game under the sun. Dodgers pitchers have a 2.57 ERA during the day this season, and Ricky Nolasco is no exception.
Nolasco has a 2.81 ERA in eight daytime starts in 2013, though with the Dodgers it's 4.09 in two daytime outings. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in five August starts, and the Dodgers have won six of his last seven starts.
Four Cubs have at least 10 plate appearances against Nolasco. Dioner Navarro is 7-for-15 (.467) with a home run against him. Starlin Castro is 6-for-17 (.353) with a double. Nate Schierholtz has a home run but is just 4-for-17 (.235), and Darwin Barney is 2-for-13 (.154) against Nolasco with a triple.
Old friend Edwin Jackson makes just his second start at Dodger Stadium since getting traded by the Dodgers prior to the 2006 season. Jackson's one previous start as an opponent at Dodger Stadium came as a member of the Diamondbacks on June 2, 2010. He shut the Dodgers down on that day with nine scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and three walks, but the Dodgers eventually won the game in the 14th inning on a walk-off single by Garret Anderson.
Yasiel Puig, 11-for-20 (.550) against the Cubs with multi-hit games in each of his five contests against Chicago, bats leadoff on Wednesday, with Carl Crawford moving to second in the order. Crawford's previous 78 starts this season have come batting first.
Nick Punto is 3-for-10 (.300) with a double against Jackson, but no other Dodger position player has a career batting average about .250 against the right-hander. Andre Ethier is 3-for-12 (.250) with a home run against Jackson, Hanley Ramirez is 2-for-11 (.182) with a home run and a double, Mark Ellis is 2-for-9 (.222) with a home run and a double, and Juan Uribe are both 2-for-9 (.222) with a home run against him, and Skip Schumaker is 3-for-16 (.188).
But Nolasco is 1-for-3 with a double against Jackson, so there is that.
Time: 12:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket