Dodgers @ Cubs June 19, 2018: Take Two

Photo: Sarah Wexler

After last night’s game was rained out, the Dodgers will hopefully be playing two today. Coffee and baseball!

Dodgers
Cubs
10:05 AM
Chicago
CF
Pederson
3B
Bryant
2B
Muncy
RF
Heyward
3B
Turner
2B
Zobrist
C Grandal
1B
Rizzo
LF
Kemp
CF
Happ
1B
Bellinger
LF
Schwarber
SS
Taylor SS Russell
RF
Puig
C
Gimenez
P
Maeda (R)
P
Chatwood (R)

Each team was kind enough to roll out the same lineup as last night’s game. Kenta Maeda and Tyler Chatwood get the starts in the morning game.

Maeda is coming off an uneven start against the Rangers. He went five innings and only allowed five hits and two runs, but walked three batters and his lone strikeout came in the fifth inning. Like Stacie said in the thread yesterday, Maeda has never faced the Cubs during the regular season. He’s pitched against the Cubs five different times in the postseason, including two starts in the 2016 NLCS. In three relief appearances in last season’s NLCS, Maeda didn’t allow a Cub to reach base.

The Dodgers should be familiar enough with Chatwood, who pitched for the Rockies for the last five seasons. Chatwood has thrown 77 1/3 innings against the Dodgers in his career, his second most against any one team. He faced the Dodgers four times last season, three times as a starter and once in relief. He threw five innings of shutout ball in one start, but in the other two he allowed a total of nine runs in 7 2/3 innings. Last June, the Dodgers drew eight walks against Chatwood in 3 1/3 innings, which matched his career-high. He leads the NL with 58 walks issued this season.

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I was worried the Dodgers were going to bring Clayton Kershaw back without a rehab start, because that worked so well last time.

If all goes well on Saturday, Kershaw could return to action next week.

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This is the third doubleheader of the season for the Dodgers, which seems like a lot.

Brock Stewart will be active for the second game, which is scheduled to begin at 5:05.

About Alex Campos

Alex Campos
I've been writing about the Dodgers since I graduated from Long Beach State, where I covered the Dirtbags in my senior year. I'm either very good or very bad at puns.