The Chicago Cubs are now at .500, finding success in the past week. Of the six games they have played, they have won five.
Game one: Kenta Maeda (3-1, 3.80 ERA) vs. José Quintana (2-1, 3.43 ERA)
Tuesday, Apr. 23 - 5:05 p.m. PDT
Kenta Maeda gets the start for game one on the Dodgers side, after getting six days of rest. Maeda has only made one regular season appearance at Wrigley Field and it wasn’t his most impressive. In this outing, Maeda threw 3 2⁄3 innings, allowing three runs to score from five hits and five walks. In his most recent start against the Reds at home, Maeda backed the Dodgers with a solid outing. He was able to hold the Reds to just one run and strike out five batters in his 6 1⁄3 innings pitched.
Opposite of Maeda will be Cubs left-handed pitcher, José Quintana. Quintana’s last two outings have been the embodiment of the words “lights out.” He has totaled 14 innings in his last two appearances, holding his opponents from scoring and striking out a total of 18 batters and only delivering one walk. His second outing of the season is what is driving his ERA up - giving up eight earned runs against the Milwaukee Brewers and being credited with the loss.
Game two: Walker Buehler (2-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (3-0, 2.77 ERA)
Wednesday, Apr. 24 - 5:05 p.m. PDT
Walker Buehler also pitched in the series sweep of the Reds, providing the team with a quality start. He went for a total of 6 1⁄3 innings where he K’d eight batters and allowed just one unearned run to score. Despite his solid last start, Buehler has overall been inconsistent, allowing a total of 12 runs to score in his four total starts.
Headed to the mound for the Cubs on Wednesday will be Cole Hamels. The left-handed pitcher has been a solid starting pitcher for his ball club. He provides the Cubs with deep innings - going seven in his most recent start and eight before that. In his seven inning start last week against the Miami Marlins, Hamels did not allow a run to score, striking out eight and only allowing three to reach base.
Game three: Ross Stripling (1-1, 3.07 ERA) vs. TBD
Thursday Apr. 25 - 11:20 a.m. PDT
Ross Stripling is headed to the bump to close the series out for the Dodgers. His previous start wasn’t half bad, other than giving up a two-run shot to Christian Yelich in the first inning. He hit a high pitch count (84) early, only reaching 4 2⁄3 innings before being pulled from the game. He allowed a total of four hits, two runs and eight strikeouts.
With Rich Hill making his way back to the Dodgers in the following series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, this is likely Stripling’s last start for a while.
The Cubs have yet to announce their game three starter.