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Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers preview, Monday 5/3, 6:40 CT

The Cubs return home to begin a three-game set with the visitors from L.A.

Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Today’s roster move: Here

As of now, it looks like they’re going to try to play this game despite a forecast of storms all evening.

So for the first time in 2021, you’ll need to keep this handy:

Monday notes:

  • HISTORY: Sunday’s game marked the first time the Cubs and their opponent both homered five or more times since the historic 23‐22 game, May 17, 1979, vs. the Phillies at Wrigley Field.
  • LOTS OF RUNS: Cubs hitters have scored 30 runs in the last four games, with at least 10 hits in three of those games, combining to hit .325 (49‐for‐151) with 19 extra-base hits (11 doubles, one triple, seven home runs).
  • MORE HITTING: The Cubs are the only team in the majors with three players with at least seven home runs apiece. Kris Bryant is tied for the major league lead with nine home runs while Javier Báez and Willson Contreras have seven each.
  • ON THE OTHER HAND, YIKES: Cubs starting pitchers posted a 9.53 ERA (30 earned runs in 28⅓ innings) on the just completed seven‐game trip, walking 15, striking out 28 and allowing 12 home runs. The bullpen recorded a 4.11 ERA (14 earned runs in 30⅔ innings) on the trip, including a 2.96 mark (eight earned runs in 24⅓ innings) in the first six games prior to allowing six earned runs in 6⅓ innings yesterday in Cincinnati.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Dodgers lineup:

Kyle Hendricks, RHP vs. Walker Buehler, RHP


Five starts this year for Kyle Hendricks.

Against Brewers: 12 innings, 1.50 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 12 strikeouts
Against Pirates/Braves: 10⅔ innings, 14.34 ERA, 2.625 WHIP, eight home runs

Now you explain that to me. It’s like Jekyll-and-Hyde Hendricks.

He last faced the Dodgers June 14, 2019 and... oh, wait, that didn’t go well either.

I’ve given up guessing about Kyle. Hope we get the good one tonight.

Walker Buehler has gone at least six innings in all five of his starts. That’s only two fewer than the entire Cubs team has this year.

Sigh. Buehler got hit pretty hard by the Reds in his last start, five runs in 6⅓ innings, but he also struck out 10.

Only one Cub has more than six career AB vs. Buehler. That’s Tony Wolters (1-for-17). The rest of the current Cubs are 8-for-31 (.258) against him with one home run (Javier Baez).

That’s all I’ve got here. Not much hope in those admittedly small sample size numbers.

Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee. It’s also on MLB Network (outside the Cubs and Dodgers market territories).

Here is the complete Mediacenter for today. Gameday game preview

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The 2021 Game Thread procedure will be a bit different than previous years. It will be similar to what we’ve used for Spring Training.

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, titled “Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of week/date) game threads.” It will contain every post related to that particular game, including the First Pitch Thread and the overflow thread, as well as the recap when it’s published. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post.

You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread and the overflow thread in the box marked “Chicago Cubs Game Threads” at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). The StoryStream for each game can also be found in that section.

The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at 90 minutes after the scheduled game time.

Discuss amongst yourselves.