Here is a look at the schedule and the probable starting pitchers for the Dodgers and Cubs for four games this week at Wrigley Field.
Monday, 5:05 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Clayton Kershaw has double-digit strikeouts in each of his last three starts, matching the longest streak of his career. Small sample size alert: southpaw Tsuyoshi Wada has allowed left-handed batters to hit .348 (8-for-23) with four doubles, a home run and three walks this season.
Tuesday, 5:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Zack Greinke is averaging 6.76 innings per start this season, the deepest he has lasted into games since averaging 6.95 in his Cy Young Award-winning season in 2009 with Kansas City. Jason Hammel has 86 strikeouts in 84 innings and is fourth in the National League with a 6.14 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Wednesday, 5:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA, ESPN2)
Mike Bolsinger allowed one home run and no other extra-base hits in his first four starts this season, but in his last five starts has allowed two home runs and eight doubles, with opposing batters hitting .278/.361/.407 during that span. Kyle Hendricks has lasted exactly five innings in each of his last three starts, allowing 11 runs on 21 hits in 15 total innings during that span.
Wednesday's ESPN2 broadcast will be a full national telecast, not blacked out in Los Angeles or Chicago. The game will move to ESPN if the College World Series finals between Vanderbilt and Virginia ends on Tuesday night.
Thursday, 11:20 a.m. (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Carlos Frias has 0-3 with a 5.25 ERA in four June starts, allowing 16 runs on 28 hits in 24 innings. Jon Lester is 0-for-27 with 13 strikeouts at the plate in 2015, and for his career is 0-for-63 with 35 strikeouts, one walk, one sacrifice fly and five sacrifice bunts. Lester, who famously doesn't throw over to first base, has allowed 20 stolen bases in 23 attempts this season, two steals shy of Tyson Ross for the major league lead.