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Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Preview, Thursday 6/2, 1:20 CT

The Cubs go for yet another series win.

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The Cubs have had a rough time with the Dodgers over the last few years. The last time a Cubs team won a series from the Dodgers was at Dodger Stadium in May 2011, when they took two of three. The winning Cubs pitchers in that series were Kerry Wood and Carlos Zambrano -- that makes it seem like even longer than five years, right?

The last time a Cubs team won a series from the Dodgers at Wrigley Field was May 26-28, 2008, when they swept a three-game set, and here's even more ancient history: the winning Cubs pitchers then were Ryan Dempster, Sean Gallagher (!) and Bob Howry. Since that series, the Cubs are just 22-33 against the Dodgers.

I'd say it's time to change that, wouldn't you?

Here are today's particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Fowler CF, Heyward RF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Soler LF, Russell SS, Baez 2B, Montero C, Hendricks P 


Utley 2B, Seager SS, Turner 3B, Gonzalez 1B, Pederson CF, Thompson RF, Crawford LF, Ellis C, Urias P

Kyle Hendricks


Julio Urias

Kyle Hendricks was awesome in his last start, last Saturday against the Phillies, throwing the second complete game of his career. His one start against the Dodgers last year, June 24 at Wrigley Field, wasn't good: five innings, four hits, four runs, including a pair of homers (Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Turner). Current Dodgers, though, are just 5-for-28 against Kyle.

Julio Urias was a Top 10 prospect before this season in all the major prospect-rating lists. Just 19 (and the youngest player in the major leagues), he dominated Triple-A hitters over eight appearances (seven starts) before being recalled to make his major-league debut five days ago against the Mets. It did not go well: 2⅔ innings, five hits, four walks, three runs. He has obviously never faced the Cubs or anyone on the current roster, and here's another fun fact about today's start:

Today's game is on CSN Chicago. According to this MLB Network page, the game will be on MLB Network, joined in progress at 2 p.m. CT. (Likely blacked out in the Chicago and Los Angeles markets.)

Here is the complete Mediacenter for today. Gameday game preview

SB Nation game preview

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The 2016 Game Thread procedure will be the same as the one used at the end of 2015. Here's how it works.

You'll find the game preview posted separately on the front page, two hours before game time (90 minutes for some early day games following night games).

At the same time, a StoryStream™ containing the preview will also post on the front page. The First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads will be published in that stream, as well as the recap. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post, and at the time I write the recap I will rename the stream "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.

You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread, all the overflow threads and recap in the box marked "Chicago Cubs Game Threads" at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). They will also appear in the game's StoryStream™ as noted above.

The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at one hour, two hours and 2:45 after the scheduled game time.

Discuss amongst yourselves.