Back in April, the Cubs took two of three against the Dodgers, one win for each ceremony they had during the series, and outscored them 7-4 in a low-scoring affair.
Both have rebounded after sluggish starts. The Dodgers were 14-13 after losing on May 1, but since then are 14-7, averaging 5.86 runs per game.
The Cubs were under .500 as late as May 14 (18-19), but have won seven of nine since, outscoring opponents 59-39 during that span. Their last nine games have been at Wrigley Field, but now the Cubs start a road trip, having lost their last three series away from home.
Jake Arrieta, whose one-hitter at Aug. 30, 2015 at Dodger Stadium was the first of his two career no-hitters, has struggled so far this season, with a 4.80 ERA and 3.92 FIP in nine starts. Opposing batters are hitting .281/.333/.468 against Arrieta this season, including .301/.360/.500 in his six road starts.
Left-handers are hitting .288/.370/.513 against Arrieta in 2017.
Kris Bryant is hitting .296/.412/.648 with seven home runs in May, with Ben Zobrist (.323/.389/.554, seven extra-base hits) and Javier Baez (.310/.324/.606, six HR) also hot this month.
Both the Dodgers and Cubs have seen extraordinary debuts from rookies. Cody Bellinger is hitting .283/.342/.604 with nine home runs in 28 games for the Dodgers, while switch-hitting outfielder Ian Happ is hitting .297/.409/.622 with two home runs, four doubles, and a triple in 11 games for Chicago.
Alex Wood enters Friday having thrown three consecutive scoreless starts, and has an active scoreless streak of 20⅓ innings, with 29 strikeouts and four walks during that span.
The last Dodgers pitcher with four straight scoreless starts was Clayton Kershaw, from July 8 to Aug. 1, 2015.
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