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Zack Greinke & Wrigley Field

As the Dodgers try to lower their magic number to eight on Thursday, Zack Greinke will try to avoid getting shelled a third time in his career at Wrigley Field.

Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers turn to their top two starting pitchers in the first two games of their series against the Cubs, looking to turn around two days worth of bad news, but Zack Greinke looks in the opener to do something he has never done: pitch well at Wrigley Field.

Greinke has only pitched at Wrigley Field twice, once in 2011 and once in 2012, both times when he was with the Brewers. In each start, he allowed eight runs in a loss. His nine-inning totals at the friendly confines total what would be a wild complete game: 17 hits, 16 runs (14 earned), three walks, one home run, but also 15 strikeouts.

In four other starts against the Cubs in his career, Greinke is 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA, with 37 strikeouts and nine walks in 30 innings. One of those starts came in 2013 at Dodger Stadium, where Greinke struck out nine while allowing two runs and came within one out of a complete game.

Given that Greinke has struck out 52 of his 157 Cubs batters faced - a 33.1-percent strikeout rate - it is appropriate to note that Greinke has 191 strikeouts on the season, just nine shy of 200 strikeouts in a season for the fourth time in his career.

The Cubs on offense have struck out 1,365 times, most in baseball.

If Greinke reaches 200 strikeouts, he would join Clayton Kershaw as only the second pair of Dodgers teammates in the last 45 years to do so, along with Kevin Brown and Chan Ho Park in 2000. The list of Dodgers teams with two 200-strikeout pitchers is only eight deep, including seven times in the 1960s, when Sandy Koufax paired with Don Drysdale four times, Stan Williams once and Don Sutton once in a six-year span.

Tsuyoshi Wada has been better in his brief major league career at Wrigley Field than on the road. He is 4-1 with a 3.05 ERA in seven starts in Chicago, with 34 strikeouts and nine walks in 38⅓ innings. He is 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in four road starts, with 14 strikeouts and eight walks in 21 innings, including allowing two runs in a no-decision at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 2.

The Dodgers all-time against the Cubs are 1,035-1,026, including 395-402 at Wrigley Field.

Game info

Time: 5:05 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network