The Cubs activated their starting pitcher left-hander Drew Smyly this morning from the 15-Day IL.
The Cubs will not wear out the left side of the batting box today as they have nine right-handed hitters going to the plate to start the game. (Happ is a switch-hitter). This aligns with their NL-lowest 66 left-handed batter plate appearances against left-handed pitchers this season.
The Dodgers have moved away from the almost automatic platooning they did a few years ago. While Cody Bellinger is sitting again against a left-handed pitcher, Freddie Freeman, Max Muncy and Gavin Lux will be in the lineup. Those players are one reason why the Dodgers are third in MLB in left-handed hitter against same-side pitching plate appearances this season.
Cubs - Dodgers Lineups
|LF||Happ (S)||1B||Freeman (L)|