The Dodgers continue their road trip with a visit to where their 2016 season ended, and they get not one but two reminders of the NLCS loss with a pair of Cubs pregame ceremonies this week at Wrigley Field.
Chicago will raise the championship banner before Monday’s game, and the Cubs will get their rings before Wednesday’s contest. Here is a look at the three-game series.
Monday, 5:05 p.m. PT (ESPN)
Alex Wood gets the spot start, filling in for blister-fingered Rich Hill in the series opener. Wrigley Field is also the site of Wood’s last start, last Memorial Day before he went on the disabled list with elbow problems.
Jon Lester starts the home opener for the Cubs, looking for more of the same success he had against the Dodgers in 2016. In four starts against them — two in the regular season, and two in October — he allowed three runs on 16 hits in 28 innings, with 25 strikeouts and just four walks.
This game is an exclusive ESPN telecast, rare for a Monday, with the regular ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ crew of Dan Shulman, Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone on the call.
Wednesday, 5:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA, KTLA, MLB Network)
After the mid-series off day, Brandon McCarthy takes the mound in the middle game on Wednesday, against John Lackey for the Cubs.
Wednesday’s broadcast is the third of 10 games that will simulcast the SportsNet LA broadcast on KTLA, making for three straight games (beginning Sunday) of televised games for those in Los Angeles without SportsNet LA.
Thursday, 11:20 a.m. (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
The series finale is a daytime start in Chicago, featuring a pair of left-handers who spent a lot of 2016 rehabbing with the Dodgers. Hyun-jin Ryu gets the start for the Dodgers, against Brett Anderson for the Cubs.