Cubs @ Dodgers August 30, 2015: Sweep That Sweep

If you’re watching tonight’s “Sunday Night Baseball” game on ESPN, you’ll notice something a little different. For the first time, you’ll hear a female voice, as Jessica Mendoza will be replacing the suspended Curt Schilling. Mendoza is a two-time Olympic softball player who also took Stanford to their first College World Series appearance, and made her debut on Baseball Tonight last year. It’ll be a welcome change. But dear lord, do not look at Twitter during the game. Just don’t. The game won’t be blacked out in Los Angeles, though, so there’s that.

Cubs
Dodgers
5:05 p.m.
Los Angeles
CF
Fowler
SS
Rollins
RF
Denorfia
2B
Utley
3B
Bryant
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Rizzo
RF
Ethier
2B
Castro
LF
Crawford
LF
Szczur
C
Grandal
C
Montero
CF
Pederson
P
Arrieta (R)
3B
Hernandez
SS
Russell
P
Wood (L)

Of course, the story is actually that the Dodgers and Alex Wood are trying for the sweep against Jake Arrieta and the Cubs tonight, and I can think of worse ways to welcome the Giants tomorrow night than on a six-game winning streak. The pitching matchups for that one: Brett Anderson vs. Jake Peavy tomorrow, Zack Greinke vs. Madison Bumgarner (!) on Tuesday, and Clayton Kershaw vs. Mike Leake on Wednesday. Good times. Good times.

In other news, we’ve been wondering for about a week what the plan behind Justin Turner would be at third base now that Alberto Callaspo is gone. Tonight, we find out, and it’s not Chase Utley: It’s Enrique Hernandez, who will make his Dodgers debut at the hot corner. (He made one start there for Miami in 2014, and got into three games overall for them at third.) In case you thought the answer was going to be “Alex Guerrero,” well, ha, no.

With Hernandez at third, that of course gets Joc Pederson back into the lineup in center, though interestingly enough he’s hitting seventh, ahead of Hernandez.

Finally, a thing no one cares about, but which I found interesting anyway: Eric Gagne!

Gagne turned 39 in January and hasn’t pitched in affiliated ball since 2008, and hadn’t even pitched in independent ball since 2009. Yes, he’s playoff-eligible if he’s signed before midnight ET tomorrow…

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