The Dodgers have a tall task ahead of them Tuesday when they face the reigning National League Cy Young award winner, Jake Arrieta (9-0, 1.72). The right-hander faces the Dodgers for the first time since tossing his first career no-hitter last August at Dodger Stadium.
The Cubs have won 23 consecutive Arrieta starts dating back to July 30 of last season.
Despite an otherworldly 0.98 ERA in his previous 22 starts, Arrieta enters Tuesday having snapped a 30-game streak of giving up three runs or less when he allowed four to the Cardinals on Wednesday. It's a real shame the baseball world won't get the matchup of Arrieta and Clayton Kershaw in this series.
Instead, the world gets Scott Kazmir (4-3, 4.84), who the Dodgers hope will be more like the guy they saw five days ago when he struck out 12 over six innings.
Kazmir will be looking to take the baton from the Dodger pitching staff that has allowed two or less runs in six of the last seven games. The lefty has had an up and down season to this point, giving up four or more runs in six of his 10 starts.
The only time Kazmir has pitched at Wrigley Field was back in June of 2010, when he allowed two runs over six innings while with the Angels, in a 7-6 Halo victory.
Time: 5:05 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA, ESPN