The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs will meet up for a doubleheader on Tuesday at Wrigley Field. These two teams have plenty of recent meetings in the postseason, but it’s only the Dodgers that are expected to make a serious playoff run again this season.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Trevor Bauer will be on the mound for the Dodgers. The Cubs have not yet named a starting pitcher for that game, and that could spell some serious trouble for the home team.
Los Angeles enters Tuesday with an overall record of 17-12, but things have not gone well of late. The Dodgers have gone just 2-8 in the last 10 games and will be looking to get back on track this week.
The Cubs have really struggled to begin the 2021 season, and that could be a theme for the entire year. Chicago comes into Tuesday with a record of 12-16 and is now in second place in the National League Central.
Dodgers at Cubs Preview and Pick: Offense Needed For LA
The 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers look very similar to the World Series champion team from 2020, but the offense just hasn’t been the same. Los Angeles is still top-10 in baseball in most offensive categories, but there just hasn’t been enough consistency.
Light work for Julio. pic.twitter.com/saDyNfx4rT
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 2, 2021
Third baseman Justin Turner leads the team with a .337 batting average to go along with six home runs and 21 RBIs. There is plenty of power in the Los Angeles lineup, but the team is still waiting on some of the top players to get going on offense.
Trevor Bauer will be on the mound Tuesday night, and he is always capable of completely shutting down an opponent. Bauer is 3-1 with a 2.48 earned run average to begin the year, and he has been great against the Cubs in the past.
Dodgers at Cubs Preview and Pick: Pitching a Problem in Chicago
The Chicago Cubs have gotten very little production from their starting rotation to begin the year, and that has put too much pressure on the offense. The Cubs don’t have a starter lined up for the second game of the DH, and this won’t make things any easier on the staff.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 2, 2021
Chicago comes into Tuesday with a team ERA of 5.01, and there have been just seven quality starts all season long. If the wind is blowing out at Wrigley Field, this could be a big night for the Dodgers’ offense.
Third baseman Kris Bryant has been on a tear to begin the season, and he has the ability to carry the Cubs on offense for a long stretch at a time. Bryant leads the team with a .323 batting average to go along with nine long balls.
The Cubs are going to need all of the offense they can muster to keep up with the potentially explosive Dodgers lineup.
Dodgers at Cubs Preview and Pick
The Chicago Cubs have an offense that is capable of breaking out at any time, but they also struggle to hit against the top pitchers in the league. This could be a rough day for the Cubs’ offense, especially in the nightcap.
Los Angeles hasn’t been playing up to their lofty standards over the last few weeks, but this team is going to figure it out again. There is a great chance that the Dodgers win the first game of the doubleheader, setting them up for a potential sweep in this one.
Trevor Bauer is going to dominate the Cubs on Tuesday night, and the offense will do its part in winning the second game of the doubleheader. The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to win the second game of the doubleheader in convincing fashion.
- Dodgers 8 – Cubs 2
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